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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Farm Bureau Federation

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 45%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 27%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 60%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 27%
Rob Andrews 30%
Bill Archer 82%
Richard Armey 82%
John Ashcroft 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 91%
Brian Baird 27%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 27%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 18%
Cass Ballenger 82%
James Barcia 64%
Bob Barr, Jr. 64%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 18%
Bill Barrett 91%
Roscoe Bartlett 82%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 91%
Charlie Bass 73%
Herbert Bateman 100%
Max Baucus 60%
Evan Bayh 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 18%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 73%
Douglas Bereuter 100%
Shelley Berkley 36%
Howard Berman 22%
Marion Berry 82%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 40%
Judy Biggert 82%
Brian Bilbray 44%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
Rod Blagojevich 30%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 18%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 91%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 27%
Mary Bono Mack 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 18%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Rick Boucher 44%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 60%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 82%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 18%
John Breaux 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 27%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 9%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 40%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 80%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 82%
Dan Burton 91%
Steve Buyer 89%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 91%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 45%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 55%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 27%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 27%
Julia Carson 11%
Mike Castle 73%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 64%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 91%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 67%
William Clay, Sr. 10%
Eva Clayton 55%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 82%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 36%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 80%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 70%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
Michael Collins 64%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 82%
Kent Conrad 60%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 9%
Merrill Cook 91%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 36%
Paul Coverdell 80%
Christopher Cox 60%
William Coyne 18%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 82%
Philip Crane 70%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 36%
Barbara Cubin 90%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 18%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 82%
Thomas Daschle 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 9%
James Davis 64%
Thomas Davis III 82%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 82%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 18%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 18%
Bill Delahunt 18%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 18%
Thomas DeLay 82%
James DeMint 82%
Peter Deutsch 36%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 73%
Jay Dickey 90%
Norm Dicks 36%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 36%
Julian Dixon 20%
Chris Dodd 25%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 9%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 82%
John Doolittle 82%
Byron Dorgan 60%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 45%
David Dreier 91%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 64%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 80%
John Edwards 80%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 64%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 70%
Jo Ann Emerson 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 27%
Philip English 73%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 18%
Bob Etheridge 64%
Lane Evans 27%
Terry Everett 91%
Thomas Ewing 91%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 27%
Russ Feingold 40%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
Bob Filner 27%
Peter Fitzgerald 100%
Ernest Fletcher 100%
Mark Foley 100%
Michael Patrick Forbes 36%
Harold Ford, Jr. 57%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
Tillie Fowler 90%
Barney Frank 18%
Robert Franks 73%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 73%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 55%
Elton Gallegly 82%
John Ganske 70%
Sam Gejdenson 18%
George Gekas 91%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 18%
Jim Gibbons 91%
Wayne Gilchrest 64%
Paul Gillmor 100%
Benjamin Gilman 55%
Charlie Gonzalez 36%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 91%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 82%
Bart Gordon 70%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 82%
Daniel Graham 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 82%
William Phillip Gramm 80%
Rodney Grams 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 80%
Mark Green 82%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
James Greenwood 82%
Judd Gregg 40%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 10%
Gilbert Gutknecht 90%

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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