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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Farm Bureau Federation

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Joseph Skeen 95%
Ike Skelton 92%
Linda Smith 73%
Nick Smith 89%
Bob Smith 78%
Olympia Snowe 79%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 87%
Mark Souder 73%
Arlen Specter 84%
Floyd Spence 90%
John Spratt, Jr. 53%
Pete Stark 11%
Cliff Stearns 83%
Charles Stenholm 83%
Ted Stevens 100%
Louis Stokes 17%
Bob Stump 93%
Bart Stupak 46%
James Talent 78%
John Tanner 87%
William Tauzin 95%
Charles Taylor 90%
Gene Taylor 63%
Craig Thomas 95%
William Thomas 95%
Fred Thompson 74%
Karen Thurman 56%
Strom Thurmond 100%
Todd Tiahrt 90%
Esteban Edward Torres 28%
Robert Torricelli 43%
Ed Towns 28%
James Traficant, Jr. 75%
Bruce Vento 23%
James Walsh 85%
Zach Wamp 75%
John Warner 89%
Mel Watt 30%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 97%
David Weldon 85%
W. Curtis Weldon 53%
Gerald Weller 93%
Paul Wellstone 32%
Rick White 65%
Bob Wise, Jr. 45%
Lynn Woolsey 36%
Albert Wynn 45%
Sidney Yates 17%
Bill Young 68%

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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