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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Farm Bureau Federation

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 84%
Gary Ackerman 92%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 58%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 76%
Todd Akin 38%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 64%
Rodney Alexander 61%
Wayne Allard 58%
Thomas Allen 76%
Jason Altmire 69%
Rob Andrews 83%
Michael Arcuri 84%
Joe Baca, Sr. 84%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 30%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 53%
Brian Baird 69%
Richard Hugh Baker 37%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 76%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 61%
J. Gresham Barrett 23%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 61%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 46%
Max Baucus 76%
Evan Bayh 70%
Melissa Bean 53%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
Bob Bennett 58%
Shelley Berkley 84%
Howard Berman 84%
Marion Berry 92%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
Judy Biggert 30%
Brian Bilbray 23%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 61%
Jeff Bingaman 64%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 91%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 38%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 53%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 53%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 23%
Kit Bond 82%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 69%
Mary Bono Mack 66%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 69%
Dan Boren 91%
Leonard Boswell 92%
Rick Boucher 84%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 61%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 56%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 100%
Nancy Boyda 76%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 53%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 81%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 91%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 25%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 91%
Henry Brown, Jr. 61%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 58%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 66%
Ginny Brown-Waite 63%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 76%
Jim Bunning 62%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 16%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 70%
Dan Burton 30%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 91%
Steve Buyer 60%
Robert Byrd 56%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 38%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 61%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 23%
Chris Cannon 30%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 15%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 70%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 69%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 46%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 70%
Dennis Cardoza 92%
Russ Carnahan 84%
Christopher Carney 84%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 82%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 75%
Julia Carson 100%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 58%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 64%
Mike Castle 38%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 91%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 15%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 82%
Ben Chandler III 75%
Travis Childers 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
Hillary Clinton 87%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 92%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 61%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 40%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 82%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 84%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 61%
Norm Coleman 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 29%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 61%
Kent Conrad 82%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 84%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 46%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 76%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 81%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 92%
Jerry Costello 84%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 84%
Larry Craig 88%
Robert Cramer 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 45%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 84%
Barbara Cubin 66%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 30%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 84%
Artur Davis 92%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 75%
David Davis 53%
Geoff Davis 46%
Lincoln Davis 92%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 84%
Thomas Davis III 38%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 23%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 69%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
Bill Delahunt 84%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
James DeMint 23%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 30%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 61%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 66%
Norm Dicks 92%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 84%
Chris Dodd 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 84%
Elizabeth Dole 68%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 68%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 84%
John Doolittle 61%
Byron Dorgan 52%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 84%
Thelma Drake 53%
David Dreier 30%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 15%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 76%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 92%
Vern Ehlers 38%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 76%
Brad Ellsworth 92%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 81%
Jo Ann Emerson 76%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 91%
Philip English 69%
John Ensign 35%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 47%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 84%
Bob Etheridge 92%
Terry Everett 69%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 61%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 83%
Tom Feeney 23%
Russ Feingold 64%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 70%
Michael Ferguson 18%
Bob Filner 84%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 23%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 69%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 84%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 20%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 23%
Barney Frank 81%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 23%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 30%
Elton Gallegly 66%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 15%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 58%
Gabrielle Giffords 91%
Wayne Gilchrest 72%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 91%
Paul Gillmor 40%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 46%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 53%
Charlie Gonzalez 92%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 46%
Bart Gordon 92%

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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