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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Farm Bureau Federation

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 33%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 89%
Gary Ackerman 38%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 32%
Wayne Allard 88%
Rob Andrews 36%
Bill Archer 77%
Richard Armey 80%
John Ashcroft 84%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 90%
Henry Scott Baesler 74%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 45%
Cass Ballenger 95%
James Barcia 75%
Robert Barr, Jr. 85%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 30%
Bill Barrett 98%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 82%
Charlie Bass 68%
Herbert Bateman 95%
Max Baucus 63%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 20%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 55%
Douglas Bereuter 73%
Howard Berman 29%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 47%
Brian Bilbray 70%
Michael Bilirakis 85%
Jeff Bingaman 26%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 95%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
Sherwood Boehlert 53%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 93%
Kit Bond 95%
Henry Bonilla 95%
David Edward Bonior 35%
Robert Borski, Jr. 18%
Rick Boucher 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 37%
John Breaux 74%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 40%
George Brown, Jr. 38%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 82%
Richard Bryan 26%
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 21%
Jim Bunning 92%
Conrad Burns 95%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 90%
Dan Burton 89%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 16%
Herbert Callahan 92%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 95%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 59%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
Mike Castle 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 78%
John Chafee 58%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 88%
Jon Lynn Christensen 85%
William Clay, Sr. 18%
Eva Clayton 35%
Robert Clement 69%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 41%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 84%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 95%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 87%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
Michael Collins 90%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 93%
Kent Conrad 37%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 15%
Jerry Costello 67%
Paul Coverdell 89%
Christopher Cox 82%
William Coyne 18%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 88%
Philip Crane 87%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 62%
Randall Cunningham 80%
Alfonse D'Amato 79%
Patsy Ann Danner 88%
Thomas Daschle 42%
Thomas Davis III 60%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 38%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 25%
Thomas DeLay 87%
Peter Deutsch 44%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 68%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 68%
Jay Dickey 95%
Norm Dicks 35%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 41%
Julian Dixon 33%
Chris Dodd 21%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 30%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 94%
Calvin Dooley 74%
John Doolittle 95%
Byron Dorgan 42%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 45%
David Dreier 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 79%
Jennifer Dunn 90%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 44%
Chet Edwards 88%
Vern Ehlers 66%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 65%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 23%
Philip English 73%
John Ensign 73%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 31%
Lane Evans 30%
Terry Everett 93%
Thomas Ewing 92%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 89%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 38%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 22%
Harris Fawell 65%
Victor Fazio 62%
Russ Feingold 21%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 47%
Bob Filner 42%
Thomas Foglietta 18%
Mark Foley 85%
Michael Patrick Forbes 60%
Harold Ford, Sr. 35%
Wendell Ford 53%
Tillie Fowler 82%
Jon David Fox 55%
Barney Frank 23%
Robert Franks 50%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 53%
William Frist 89%
Jonas Frost III 87%
Elizabeth Furse 36%
Elton Gallegly 88%
John Ganske 90%
Sam Gejdenson 25%
George Gekas 90%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 46%
Wayne Gilchrest 63%
Paul Gillmor 83%
Benjamin Gilman 63%
Newt Gingrich 88%
John Glenn 11%
Henry Gonzalez 54%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 90%
William Goodling 81%
Bart Gordon 75%
Slade Gorton 84%
Porter Goss 48%
Daniel Graham 63%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 84%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 84%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 51%
James Greenwood 59%
Judd Gregg 67%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 18%
Gilbert Gutknecht 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 98%
Tony Hall 32%
Lee Hamilton 65%
James Hansen 88%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 47%
Jane Harman 42%
J. Dennis Hastert 93%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 31%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 85%
Joel Hefley 83%
W.G. Hefner 65%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 95%
Van Hilleary 93%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 55%
Maurice Hinchey 25%
David Lee Hobson 83%
Pete Hoekstra 78%
Thomas Holden 60%
Ernest Hollings 26%
Stephen Horn 70%

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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