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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Michigan National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 91%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 18%
MI State Senate 28 Mark Jansen Republican 93%
MI State Senate 31 Mike Green Republican 100%
MI Attorney General Bill Schuette Republican 71%
MI Commissioner 3 Martha Scott Democratic 23%
MI Commissioner 3 Paul Tesanovich Democratic 21%
MI Commissioner 6 Burton Leland 21%
MI Commissioner 11 Michael Hanley 21%
MI Commissioner 14 Raymond Basham Democratic 30%
MI Commissioner 17 Nancy Quarles Democratic 25%
Laura Baird 21%
Loren Bennett 82%
Patricia Birkholz 86%
Rose Bogardus 29%
Elizabeth Brater 23%
Lingg Brewer 18%
Bob Brown 21%
Willis Bullard, Jr. 82%
William Byl 86%
Dianne Byrum 27%
William Callahan 15%
Nancy Cassis 86%
Deborah Cherry 21%
John Cherry, Jr. 18%
Kenneth DeBeaussaert 64%
Dan DeGrow 82%
Eileen DeHart 21%
Larry DeVuyst 93%
Christopher Dingell 18%
Mat Dunaskiss 82%
Robert Emerson 9%
Joanne Gregory Emmons 82%
A. T. Frank 29%
Harry Gast 82%
Terry Geiger 92%
Patricia A. K. Godchaux 71%
Michael Goschka 44%
Joel Gougeon 82%
Derrick Hale 21%
Beverly Hammerstrom 79%
George Zaven Hart 64%
Philip Edward Hoffman 73%
David Jaye 100%
Ron Jelinek 93%
Jon Jellema 79%
R. Shirley Johnson 85%
Thomas Kelly 21%
Kwame Kilpatrick 25%
Don Koivisto 18%
Edward LaForge 21%
Gerald Law 93%
George Mans 46%
Lynne Martinez 21%
George McManus, Jr. 83%
Arthur Miller, Jr. 18%
Raymond Murphy 23%
Walter North 82%
Charles Perricone 100%
Hubert Price, Jr. 23%
Michael Prusi 21%
Ray Raczkowski 100%
Andrew Richner 100%
Vera Rison 23%
Sue Rocca 79%
Mark Schauer 29%
Gloria Schermesser 21%
John Schwarz 27%
Judith Scranton 77%
Dale Shugars 100%
Kenneth Sikkema 93%
Alma Smith 18%
Virgil Clark Smith, Jr. 18%
Keith Stallworth 11%
Glenn Steil, Jr. 82%
Leon Stille 82%
Samuel Thomas III 36%
William VanRegenmorter 91%
Edward Vaughn 21%
Jackie Vaughn III 18%
Paul Wojno 21%
Joseph Young, Jr. 29%

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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