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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Farm Bureau Federation

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Allen Boyd, Jr. 100%
Julia Carson 100%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 100%
Travis Childers 100%
Robert Cramer 100%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Baron Hill 100%
Tom Lantos 100%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
Tim Mahoney 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
Martin Meehan 100%
Craig Thomas 100%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
Daniel Inouye 94%
Ken Salazar 94%
Gary Ackerman 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
Marion Berry 92%
Leonard Boswell 92%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 92%
Dennis Cardoza 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 92%
Artur Davis 92%
Lincoln Davis 92%
Norm Dicks 92%
Chet Edwards 92%
Brad Ellsworth 92%
Bob Etheridge 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 92%
Charlie Gonzalez 92%
Bart Gordon 92%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 92%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 92%
Ron Klein 92%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 92%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 92%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 92%
Dennis Moore 92%
Jack Murtha 92%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 92%
Earl Pomeroy 92%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 92%
Mike Ross 92%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 92%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 92%
Ike Skelton 92%
Vic Snyder 92%
John Tanner 92%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 91%
Dan Boren 91%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 91%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 91%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 91%
Gabrielle Giffords 91%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 91%
Darlene Hooley 91%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 91%
Silvestre Reyes 91%
Steve Rothman 91%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 91%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 91%
Chris Dodd 90%
Jim Oberstar 90%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 88%
Norm Coleman 88%
Larry Craig 88%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 88%
Blanche Lincoln 88%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 88%
Hillary Clinton 87%
Ray LaHood 87%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
Trent Lott, Sr. 85%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 84%
Michael Arcuri 84%
Joe Baca, Sr. 84%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 84%
Shelley Berkley 84%
Howard Berman 84%
Rick Boucher 84%
Russ Carnahan 84%
Christopher Carney 84%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 84%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 84%
Jerry Costello 84%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 84%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 84%
Bill Delahunt 84%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 84%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 84%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 84%
Bob Filner 84%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 84%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 84%
John Hall 84%
Phil Hare 84%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 84%
Maurice Hinchey 84%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 84%
Thomas Holden 84%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 84%
William Jefferson 84%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 84%
Tim Johnson 84%
Steve Kagen 84%
Paul Kanjorski 84%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 84%
Dale Kildee 84%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 84%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 84%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 84%
Jim Marshall 84%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 84%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 84%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 84%
Brad Miller 84%
Alan Mollohan 84%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 84%
Dave Obey 84%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 84%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 84%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 84%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 84%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 84%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 84%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 84%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 84%
Heath Shuler 84%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 84%
Hilda Solis 84%
Zack Space 84%
John Spratt, Jr. 84%
Bart Stupak 84%
Betty Sutton 84%
Ellen Tauscher 84%
Gene Taylor 84%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 84%
Ed Towns 84%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 84%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 84%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 84%
Diane Watson 84%
Mel Watt 84%
Anthony Weiner 84%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 84%
Rob Andrews 83%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 83%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 82%
Kit Bond 82%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 82%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 82%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 82%
Kent Conrad 82%
Kay Hutchison 82%
Herb Kohl 82%
Melquiades Martinez 82%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 82%
Ted Stevens 82%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 81%

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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