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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Farm Bureau Federation

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 27%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 60%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 27%
Rob Andrews 30%
Bill Archer 82%
Richard Armey 82%
John Ashcroft 100%
Brian Baird 27%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 82%
James Barcia 64%
Robert Barr, Jr. 64%
Bill Barrett 91%
Roscoe Bartlett 82%
Charlie Bass 73%
Herbert Bateman 100%
Max Baucus 60%
Evan Bayh 80%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 73%
Douglas Bereuter 100%
Shelley Berkley 36%
Howard Berman 22%
Marion Berry 82%
Judy Biggert 82%
Brian Bilbray 44%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Rod Blagojevich 30%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 27%
Mary Bono Mack 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 18%
Leonard Boswell 73%
Rick Boucher 44%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 82%
John Breaux 80%
Richard Bryan 40%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 80%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 91%
Steve Buyer 89%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 45%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
Julia Carson 11%
Mike Castle 73%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 67%
William Clay, Sr. 10%
Eva Clayton 55%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 82%
Michael Collins 64%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 82%
Kent Conrad 60%
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%
Barbara Cubin 90%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 82%
Thomas Daschle 60%
James Davis 64%
Thomas Davis III 82%
Bill Delahunt 18%
Thomas DeLay 82%
James DeMint 82%
Peter Deutsch 36%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 73%
Jay Dickey 90%
Norm Dicks 36%
Julian Dixon 20%
Chris Dodd 25%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 82%
John Doolittle 82%
Byron Dorgan 60%
David Dreier 91%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
John Edwards 80%
Chet Edwards 80%
Vern Ehlers 64%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 70%
Jo Ann Emerson 100%
Philip English 73%
Bob Etheridge 64%
Lane Evans 27%
Terry Everett 91%
Thomas Ewing 91%
Russ Feingold 40%
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%
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%
William Goodling 82%
Bart Gordon 70%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 82%
Daniel Graham 40%
William Phillip Gramm 80%
Rodney Grams 100%
Mark Green 82%
James Greenwood 82%
Judd Gregg 40%
Gilbert Gutknecht 90%
Tony Hall 36%
James Hansen 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Robert Hayes 91%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 82%
Joel Hefley 55%
Jesse Helms 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 91%
Baron Hill 64%
Rick Hill 100%
Van Hilleary 91%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 36%
Maurice Hinchey 27%
David Lee Hobson 82%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 27%
Pete Hoekstra 82%
Thomas Holden 64%
Ernest Hollings 60%
Darlene Hooley 50%
Stephen Horn 55%
John Nathan Hostettler 64%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 82%
Kenny Hulshof 91%
Duncan Hunter 90%
Asa Hutchinson 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 80%
Daniel Inouye 60%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 73%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 18%
William Jefferson 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 60%
William Lewis Jenkins 100%
Christopher John 91%
Nancy Johnson 82%
Paul Kanjorski 45%
Sue Kelly 73%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 50%
Patrick Kennedy 18%
Bob Kerrey 60%
Dale Kildee 18%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 18%
Gerald Kleczka 18%
Ronald Klink 18%
Joseph Knollenberg 100%
Herb Kohl 40%
James Kolbe 90%
Dennis Kucinich 9%
Steven Kuykendall 100%
Jon Kyl 60%
John LaFalce 45%
Ray LaHood 82%
Nicholas Lampson 45%
Tom Lantos 14%
Stephen Largent 73%
Steve LaTourette 82%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Rick Lazio 64%
James Leach 82%

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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