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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Farm Bureau Federation

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 52%
Gary Ackerman 29%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 94%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 52%
Todd Akin 94%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 76%
Rodney Alexander 94%
Wayne Allard 76%
Thomas Allen 29%
Rob Andrews 17%
Joe Baca, Sr. 58%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 82%
Brian Baird 35%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 29%
J. Gresham Barrett 76%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 58%
Roscoe Bartlett 58%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Max Baucus 58%
Evan Bayh 35%
Melissa Bean 58%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 35%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 23%
Howard Berman 29%
Marion Berry 82%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 35%
Judy Biggert 64%
Brian Bilbray 0%
Jeff Bingaman 41%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 29%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 82%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 17%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 94%
Kit Bond 94%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 76%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 100%
Dan Boren 94%
Leonard Boswell 58%
Rick Boucher 47%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 94%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 35%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 47%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 17%
Henry Brown, Jr. 94%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 23%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 82%
Ginny Brown-Waite 76%
Jim Bunning 76%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 76%
Dan Burton 82%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 52%
Steve Buyer 94%
Robert Byrd 41%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 88%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 23%
Chris Cannon 82%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 88%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 41%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 17%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 17%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 23%
Dennis Cardoza 70%
Russ Carnahan 35%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 47%
Julia Carson 29%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 100%
Mike Castle 35%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 76%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 94%
Ben Chandler III 41%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 35%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 29%
Hillary Clinton 29%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 41%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 94%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 76%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 94%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 100%
Norm Coleman 82%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 58%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 100%
Kent Conrad 47%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 35%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 29%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 70%
Jerry Costello 64%
Larry Craig 76%
Robert Cramer 76%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 82%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 29%
Barbara Cubin 82%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 82%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 35%
Artur Davis 64%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 29%
Geoff Davis 88%
Jo Ann Davis 70%
Lincoln Davis 76%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 23%
Thomas Davis III 47%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 94%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 29%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11%
Bill Delahunt 35%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 29%
James DeMint 70%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 82%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 82%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 82%
Norm Dicks 47%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 35%
Chris Dodd 29%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 17%
Elizabeth Dole 82%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 88%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 35%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 47%
Thelma Drake 88%
David Dreier 88%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 82%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 35%
Chet Edwards 88%
Vern Ehlers 41%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 23%
Jo Ann Emerson 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 35%
Philip English 82%
John Ensign 70%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 58%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 23%
Bob Etheridge 41%
Terry Everett 94%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 35%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 29%
Tom Feeney 76%
Russ Feingold 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
Michael Ferguson 52%
Bob Filner 47%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 52%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 82%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 100%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 76%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 88%
Barney Frank 29%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 58%
Elton Gallegly 76%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 76%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 64%
Wayne Gilchrest 58%
Paul Gillmor 82%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 82%
Charlie Gonzalez 52%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 76%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
Bart Gordon 58%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 88%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 52%
Judd Gregg 64%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 35%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 29%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 70%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 88%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 41%
Jane Harman 29%
J. Dennis Hastert 23%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 29%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 82%
Robert Hayes 100%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 76%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 70%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 41%
Maurice Hinchey 29%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 82%
David Lee Hobson 82%
Pete Hoekstra 82%
Thomas Holden 64%

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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