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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Tennessee National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 71%
TN Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey Republican 86%
TN State House 15 Joe Armstrong Democratic 71%
TN State House 16 Bill Dunn Republican 71%
TN State House 35 Dennis Roach Republican 71%
TN State House 41 John Windle Democratic 43%
TN State House 55 Gary Odom Democratic 43%
TN State House 56 Beth Harwell Republican 71%
TN State House 59 Sherry Jones Democratic 57%
TN State House 61 Charles Sargent, Jr. Republican 71%
TN State House 72 Steve McDaniel Republican 71%
TN State House 74 John Tidwell Democratic 83%
TN State House 82 Craig Fitzhugh Democratic 67%
TN State House 84 Joe Towns, Jr. Democratic 43%
TN State House 86 Barbara Cooper Democratic 83%
TN State House 88 Larry Miller Democratic 67%
TN State House 90 John DeBerry, Jr. Democratic 67%
TN State Senate 3 Rusty Crowe Republican 71%
TN State Senate 5 Randy McNally Republican 71%
TN State Senate 17 Mae Beavers Republican 71%
TN State Senate 19 Thelma Harper Democratic 71%
TN State Senate 21 Douglas Henry Democratic 80%
TN State Senate 30 James Kyle, Jr. Democratic 60%
TN Secretary of State Tre Hargett Republican 71%
TN Mayor At-Large Jo Ann Graves 71%
TN Mayor At-Large Kim McMillan Democratic 57%
TN County Mayor At-Large Tim Burchett 86%
John Arriola 57%
Ben Atchley 100%
Harley Earnest Bittle 100%
Stratton Bone, Jr. 86%
Kathryn Bowers 71%
James Boyer 83%
Henri Brooks 71%
Tommie Brown 67%
Frank Buck 57%
Marvin Gene Caldwell 71%
Robert Carter 71%
Carolyn Jean Chumney 71%
Ronnie Cole 100%
William Ralph Cole 71%
Jerry Cooper 86%
Ward Crutchfield 71%
Charles Curtiss 57%
Eugene Davidson 67%
Lincoln Davis 71%
Ronnie Davis 57%
Lois Deberry 71%
Roscoe Dixon 71%
Mary Ann Eckles 83%
Gene Elsea 83%
Dennis Ferguson 57%
John Ford 60%
Stancil Ford 71%
David Fowler 71%
Joe Fowlkes 57%
George Fraley 86%
Larry Givens 67%
Steve Godsey 100%
Mark Goins 67%
Douglas Gunnels 86%
Jere Hargrove 71%
Joyce Barnett Hassell 71%
Tommy Haun 100%
Joe Haynes 71%
Tommy Head 100%
Roy Herron 71%
John Hood 86%
Doug Jackson 80%
Ulysses Jones, Jr. 83%
Joe Kent 71%
Mike Kernell 43%
Howard Kerr 67%
Matthew Kisber 83%
Rosalind Kurita 71%
Edith Taylor Langster 83%
Tom Leatherwood 86%
Doyle Lewis, Jr. 57%
Mark Maddox 43%
Michael McDonald 71%
Bob McKee 71%
Jason Mumpower 100%
James Naifeh 71%
J. Chris Newton 71%
Robert Patton 71%
Curtis S. Person, Jr. 71%
Paul Phelan 100%
Clarence Phillips 60%
Phillip Pinion 83%
William Clyde Pleasant 83%
Mary Pruitt 71%
Shelby Rhinehart 67%
L. Don Ridgeway 57%
Randy Rinks 71%
C. Robb Robinson 57%
Bob Rochelle 71%
Bobby Sands 83%
Larry Scroggs 71%
Jack Sharp 100%
Arnold Stulce 71%
Harry Tindell 43%
Brenda Kaye Turner 71%
Larry Turner 67%
Page Walley 71%
Ben West, Jr. 57%
B. Keith Westmoreland 83%
John White 83%
Zane Whitson, Jr. 67%
John Wilder 86%
Larry Williams 71%
Michael Williams 83%
Les Winningham 57%
Andy Womack 71%
Bobby Wood 86%

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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