Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1999-2000 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 89%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 91%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 100%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 89%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 94%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 90%
AZ U.S. House-5 Matt Salmon R 100%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 5%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 25%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 9%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 26%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 5%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 5%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 5%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 15%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 13%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 10%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 33%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 100%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 10%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 100%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 11%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 5%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 5%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 100%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 5%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 100%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 0%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 31%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 100%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 15%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 5%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 5%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 5%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 5%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 100%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 5%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 66%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 89%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 94%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 100%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 100%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 47%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 5%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 10%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 100%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 16%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 100%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 100%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 100%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 8%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 6%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 5%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 5%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 5%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 89%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 5%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 94%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 100%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 100%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 100%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 94%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 78%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 33%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 91%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 5%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 5%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 5%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 6%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 5%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 8%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 10%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 5%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 5%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 100%
ME Councilor-At-Large John Baldacci D 5%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 8%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 15%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 94%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 84%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 5%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 5%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 5%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 57%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 100%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 91%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 94%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 5%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 8%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 16%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 100%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 94%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 21%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 84%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 52%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 94%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 5%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 73%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 63%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 10%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 10%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 78%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 15%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 5%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 8%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 16%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 52%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 31%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 5%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 15%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 5%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 6%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 5%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 5%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 5%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 5%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 5%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 5%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 0%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 100%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 94%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 100%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 11%
OH Governor John Kasich R 100%
OH State Senate-28 Thomas Sawyer D 5%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 89%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 100%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 25%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 100%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 11%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 5%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 94%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 5%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 5%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 15%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 100%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 5%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 8%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 40%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 83%
SC U.S. House-1 Mark Sanford, Jr. R 100%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 5%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 8%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 89%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 78%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 100%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 89%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 100%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 93%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 100%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 94%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 15%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 10%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 100%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 15%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 6%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 94%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 5%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 100%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 5%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 100%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 42%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 84%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 22%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 5%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 22%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 100%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 8%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 46%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 15%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 5%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 89%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 16%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 100%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 84%
WI Mayor-At-Large Tom Barrett D 5%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 22%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 10%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 91%
Gary Ackerman 5%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 8%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 5%
Rob Andrews 16%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
Brian Baird 16%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 57%
Bob Barr, Jr. 94%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 89%
Max Baucus 25%
Evan Bayh 16%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 84%
Shelley Berkley 21%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 42%
Judy Biggert 100%
Brian Bilbray 66%
Michael Bilirakis 89%
Jeff Bingaman 25%
Rod Blagojevich 10%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 42%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 5%
Mary Bono Mack 89%
Robert Borski, Jr. 5%
Leonard Boswell 31%
Rick Boucher 15%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 68%
John Breaux 33%
Richard Bryan 16%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 94%
Robert Byrd 22%
Herbert Callahan 94%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 70%
Chris Cannon 94%
Julia Carson 5%
Mike Castle 73%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 100%
William Clay, Sr. 6%
Eva Clayton 10%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 16%
Robert Clement 47%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 63%
Kent Conrad 18%
Merrill Cook 88%
John Cooksey 93%
Jerry Costello 15%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 5%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 68%
Philip Crane 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 9%
James Davis 21%
Thomas Davis III 94%
Bill Delahunt 15%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 15%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 57%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 5%
Julian Dixon 5%
Chris Dodd 25%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 63%
John Doolittle 89%
Byron Dorgan 16%
David Dreier 94%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
John Edwards 8%
Chet Edwards 22%
Vern Ehlers 84%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 94%
Jo Ann Emerson 94%
Philip English 68%
Bob Etheridge 36%
Lane Evans 5%
Terry Everett 94%
Thomas Ewing 100%
Russ Feingold 11%
Bob Filner 5%
Peter Fitzgerald 66%
Ernest Fletcher 94%
Mark Foley 89%
Michael Patrick Forbes 52%
Harold Ford, Jr. 21%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Tillie Fowler 100%
Barney Frank 15%
Robert Franks 78%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 10%
Elton Gallegly 89%
John Ganske 57%
Sam Gejdenson 5%
George Gekas 94%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 5%
Jim Gibbons 73%
Wayne Gilchrest 73%
Paul Gillmor 94%
Benjamin Gilman 52%
Charlie Gonzalez 5%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
William Goodling 94%
Bart Gordon 52%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 16%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 100%
Mark Green 94%
James Greenwood 72%
Judd Gregg 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 94%
Tony Hall 26%
James Hansen 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Robert Hayes 94%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 94%
Jesse Helms 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Baron Hill 26%
Rick Hill 94%
Van Hilleary 94%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 5%
Maurice Hinchey 5%
David Lee Hobson 94%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 31%
Ernest Hollings 18%
Darlene Hooley 21%
Stephen Horn 61%
John Nathan Hostettler 94%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 77%
Kenny Hulshof 100%
Duncan Hunter 84%
Asa Hutchinson 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 76%
Daniel Inouye 9%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 88%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 5%
William Jefferson 16%
James Merrill Jeffords 89%
William Lewis Jenkins 89%
Christopher John 68%
Nancy Johnson 73%
Paul Kanjorski 5%
Sue Kelly 84%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 8%
Patrick Kennedy 5%
Bob Kerrey 25%
Dale Kildee 5%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Gerald Kleczka 5%
Ronald Klink 5%
Joseph Knollenberg 100%
Herb Kohl 22%
James Kolbe 100%
Dennis Kucinich 5%
Steven Kuykendall 100%
Jon Kyl 100%
John LaFalce 5%
Ray LaHood 78%
Nicholas Lampson 10%
Tom Lantos 12%
Stephen Largent 100%
Steve LaTourette 84%
Frank Lautenberg 8%
Rick Lazio 68%
James Leach 78%
Jerry Lewis 89%
Ron Lewis 100%
Joe Lieberman 16%
Blanche Lincoln 33%
John Linder 94%
William Lipinski 21%
Trent Lott, Sr. 100%
Dick Lugar 100%
William Luther 15%
Connie Mack 100%
James Maloney 36%
Don Manzullo 100%
Matthew Martinez 23%
Frank Mascara 5%
Robert Matsui 5%
Karen McCarthy 15%
Bill McCollum 93%
James McCrery III 100%
John McHugh 73%
Scott McInnis 100%
David McIntosh 100%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 5%
Michael McNulty 15%
Martin Meehan 5%
Carrie Meek 5%
Jack Metcalf 83%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 0%
Dan Miller 100%
David Minge 26%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 10%
John Moakley 5%
Alan Mollohan 23%
Dennis Moore 26%
Constance Morella 36%
Patrick Moynihan 25%
Frank Murkowski 100%
Jack Murtha 21%
Sue Myrick 94%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 94%
Robert William Ney 89%
Don Nickles 100%
Anne Northup 100%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 88%
James Nussle 94%
Jim Oberstar 5%
Dave Obey 5%
John Olver 5%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 10%
Doug Ose 100%
Major Owens 5%
Michael Oxley 100%
Ronald Packard 100%
Ron Paul 84%
Donald Payne 6%
Edward Pease 94%
John Peterson 100%
David Phelps 10%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 100%
Owen Pickett 52%
Richard Pombo 100%
Earl Pomeroy 15%
John Edward Porter 84%
Deborah Pryce 100%
Jack Quinn 50%
George Radanovich 100%
James Ramstad 94%
Ralph Regula 94%
Silvestre Reyes 10%
Thomas Reynolds 94%
Bob Riley 94%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 21%
Charles Robb 33%
Ciro Rodriguez 5%
Timothy Roemer 52%
James Rogan 100%
William Roth, Jr. 100%
Steve Rothman 5%
Marge Roukema 84%
Jim Ryun 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 5%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 38%
Rick Santorum 100%
Paul Sarbanes 8%
Jim Saxton 68%
Joe Scarborough 92%
Robert Schaffer 100%
John Shadegg 94%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 84%
Christopher Shays 63%
Donald Sherwood 84%
Ronnie Shows 52%
E.G. Shuster 94%
Norman Sisisky 63%
Joseph Skeen 100%
Ike Skelton 36%
Gordon Smith 100%
Nick Smith 93%
Bob Smith 100%
Olympia Snowe 91%
Vic Snyder 11%
Mark Souder 100%
Arlen Specter 25%
Floyd Spence 93%
John Spratt, Jr. 6%
Pete Stark 5%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Charles Stenholm 63%
Ted Stevens 100%
Ted Strickland 16%
Bob Stump 100%
Bart Stupak 5%
John Sununu 94%
John Sweeney 89%
James Talent 100%
Tom Tancredo 100%
John Tanner 52%
Ellen Tauscher 36%
William Tauzin 100%
Charles Taylor 100%
Gene Taylor 57%
Craig Thomas 100%
William Thomas 94%
Fred Thompson 91%
Karen Thurman 10%
Strom Thurmond 100%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
Robert Torricelli 25%
Ed Towns 5%
James Traficant, Jr. 42%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 10%
James Turner 42%
Bruce Vento 0%
George Voinovich 83%
James Walsh 73%
Zach Wamp 94%
John Warner 100%
Wesley Watkins 100%
Mel Watt 5%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 100%
Anthony Weiner 5%
David Weldon 94%
W. Curtis Weldon 63%
Gerald Weller 78%
Paul Wellstone 8%
Robert Wexler 5%
Bob Weygand 15%
Heather Wilson 84%
Bob Wise, Jr. 21%
Lynn Woolsey 5%
David Wu 15%
Albert Wynn 10%
Bill Young 83%

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