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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1999-2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 10%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 91%
Gary Ackerman 5%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 89%
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%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 94%
Brian Baird 16%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 5%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 5%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 57%
Bob Barr, Jr. 94%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 5%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 89%
Max Baucus 25%
Evan Bayh 16%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 10%
Douglas Bereuter 84%
Shelley Berkley 21%
Howard Berman 5%
Marion Berry 42%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 8%
Judy Biggert 100%
Brian Bilbray 66%
Michael Bilirakis 89%
Jeff Bingaman 25%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 47%
Rod Blagojevich 10%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 11%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 42%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 5%
Mary Bono Mack 89%
Robert Borski, Jr. 5%
Leonard Boswell 31%
Rick Boucher 15%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 9%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 68%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 93%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 5%
John Breaux 33%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 5%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 16%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 94%
Robert Byrd 22%
Herbert Callahan 94%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 94%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 70%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 89%
Chris Cannon 94%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 33%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 5%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 10%
Julia Carson 5%
Mike Castle 73%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 94%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 40%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 94%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 100%
William Clay, Sr. 6%
Eva Clayton 10%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 16%
Robert Clement 47%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 5%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 84%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 89%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 91%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 63%
Kent Conrad 18%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 5%
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%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 5%
Barbara Cubin 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 5%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 9%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 5%
James Davis 21%
Thomas Davis III 94%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 5%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 5%
Bill Delahunt 15%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 5%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 57%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 5%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 5%
Julian Dixon 5%
Chris Dodd 25%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 5%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 63%
John Doolittle 89%
Byron Dorgan 16%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 15%
David Dreier 94%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 78%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
John Edwards 8%
Chet Edwards 22%
Vern Ehlers 84%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 94%
Jo Ann Emerson 94%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 5%
Philip English 68%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
Bob Etheridge 36%
Lane Evans 5%
Terry Everett 94%
Thomas Ewing 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 10%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 5%
Russ Feingold 11%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 25%
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%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 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%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 94%
Bart Gordon 52%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 16%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 83%
William Phillip Gramm 100%
Rodney Grams 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
Mark Green 94%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 15%
James Greenwood 72%
Judd Gregg 100%

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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