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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on National Legislation

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 50%
Gary Ackerman 36%
John Adler 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 40%
Todd Akin 18%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Jason Altmire 42%
Rob Andrews 33%
Michael Arcuri 42%
Steve Austria 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 42%
Michele Bachmann 27%
Spencer Bachus 18%
Brian Baird 45%
J. Gresham Barrett 20%
John Barrow 42%
Roscoe Bartlett 17%
Max Baucus 40%
Evan Bayh 60%
Melissa Bean 33%
Mark Begich 50%
Bob Bennett 0%
Shelley Berkley 45%
Howard Berman 36%
Marion Berry 45%
Judy Biggert 25%
Brian Bilbray 17%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
Tim Bishop 42%
John Boccieri 33%
Kit Bond 20%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 25%
Mary Bono Mack 25%
Dan Boren 33%
Leonard Boswell 42%
Rick Boucher 33%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 33%
Bruce Braley 42%
Bobby Bright 17%
Paul Broun 17%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
Ginny Brown-Waite 17%
Jim Bunning 0%
Roland Burris 60%
Dan Burton 25%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 67%
Dave Camp 17%
John Campbell III 27%
Eric Cantor 27%
Joseph Cao 30%
Dennis Cardoza 33%
Russ Carnahan 36%
Christopher Carney 42%
Mike Castle 33%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Ben Chandler III 33%
Travis Childers 33%
William Clay, Sr. 55%
Howard Coble 25%
Thomas Coburn 60%
Kent Conrad 60%
Jerry Costello 50%
Kathy Dahlkemper 45%
Artur Davis 45%
Geoff Davis 25%
Lincoln Davis 36%
Bill Delahunt 50%
James DeMint 40%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
Norm Dicks 33%
John Dingell 45%
Chris Dodd 40%
Byron Dorgan 60%
David Dreier 25%
Steve Driehaus 42%
Chet Edwards 42%
Vern Ehlers 33%
Brad Ellsworth 33%
Jo Ann Emerson 25%
John Ensign 25%
Bob Etheridge 33%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bob Filner 75%
Barney Frank 58%
Elton Gallegly 18%
Jim Gerlach 33%
Gabrielle Giffords 33%
Phil Gingrey 17%
Charlie Gonzalez 42%
Bart Gordon 45%
Judd Gregg 20%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 33%
Kay Hagan 75%
John Hall 45%
Ralph Hall 17%
Debbie Halvorson 33%
Phil Hare 42%
Tom Harkin 60%
Jane Harman 42%
Doc Hastings 17%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 36%
Baron Hill 36%
Maurice Hinchey 64%
Paul Hodes 42%
Pete Hoekstra 17%
Thomas Holden 42%
Rush Holt, Jr. 45%
Duncan Hunter 25%
Kay Hutchison 40%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 25%
Daniel Inouye 40%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 50%
Mike Johanns 0%
Tim Johnson 33%
Timothy Johnson 60%
Steve Kagen 50%
Paul Kanjorski 42%
Ted Kaufman 60%
Patrick Kennedy 38%
Dale Kildee 33%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 60%
Mary Jo Kilroy 42%
Jack Kingston 17%
Larry Kissell 42%
Ron Klein 33%
Herb Kohl 60%
Suzanne Kosmas 33%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 33%
Dennis Kucinich 83%
Jon Kyl 20%
Mary Landrieu 60%
Tom Latham 17%
Steve LaTourette 42%
Frank Lautenberg 60%
Chris Lee 36%
Carl Levin 60%
Jerry Lewis 17%
Joe Lieberman 40%
Blanche Lincoln 60%
John Linder 17%
Dick Lugar 60%
Dan Lungren 17%
Connie Mack IV 25%
Dan Maffei 42%
Don Manzullo 17%
Betsy Markey 33%
Jim Marshall 25%
Melquiades Martinez 40%
Eric Massa 58%
Jim Matheson 33%
Carolyn McCarthy 33%
Thaddeus McCotter 33%
John McHugh 30%
Mike McIntyre 25%
Buck McKeon 17%
Michael McMahon 33%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 33%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 33%
Mike Michaud 67%
Gary Miller 18%
George Miller 73%
Brad Miller 33%
Walt Minnick 33%
Harry Mitchell 42%
Alan Mollohan 42%
Dennis Moore 33%
Jim Moran, Jr. 55%
Patrick Murphy 36%
Scott Murphy 22%
Jack Murtha 45%
Sue Myrick 17%
Ben Nelson 60%
Glenn Nye III 42%
Jim Oberstar 50%
Dave Obey 45%
John Olver 64%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 42%
Bill Owens 0%
Ed Pastor 50%
Ron Paul 67%
Donald Payne 70%
Tom Perriello 42%
Tom Petri 33%
Todd Platts 33%
Earl Pomeroy 42%
Mark Pryor 60%
George Radanovich 18%
Nick Rahall II 50%
Denny Rehberg 25%
Silvestre Reyes 40%
Laura Richardson 42%
Jay Rockefeller IV 75%
Ciro Rodriguez 42%
Mike Rogers 17%
Mike Ross 42%
Steve Rothman 42%
John Salazar 42%
Mark Schauer 33%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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