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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1995-1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 86%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 79%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 97%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 97%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 24%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 38%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 24%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 27%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 97%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 95%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 97%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 95%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 22%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 19%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 16%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 89%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 95%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 17%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 16%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 90%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 34%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 22%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 19%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 89%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 97%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 92%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 89%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 22%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 25%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 33%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 30%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 27%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 35%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 95%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 19%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 19%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 11%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 95%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 16%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 38%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 34%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 92%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 24%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 84%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 72%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 35%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 92%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 28%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 27%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 81%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 11%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 22%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 24%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 35%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 97%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 32%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 97%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 24%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 93%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 33%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 24%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 18%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 49%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 27%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 22%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 97%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 36%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 22%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 27%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 24%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 97%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 38%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 89%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 29%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 19%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 36%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 97%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 22%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 95%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 95%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 24%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 39%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 24%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 97%
Gary Ackerman 24%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 29%
Rob Andrews 34%
Bill Archer 95%
Richard Armey 97%
John Ashcroft 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 59%
Richard Hugh Baker 97%
William Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 67%
Bob Barr, Jr. 97%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 83%
Max Baucus 41%
Anthony Beilenson 10%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 32%
Douglas Bereuter 84%
Howard Berman 23%
Tom Bevill 40%
Brian Bilbray 92%
Michael Bilirakis 92%
Jeff Bingaman 34%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 97%
Peter Blute 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 62%
Kit Bond 93%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 19%
Sonny Bono 94%
Robert Borski, Jr. 19%
Rick Boucher 33%
Bill Bradley 6%
John Breaux 45%
Bill Brewster 67%
George Brown, Jr. 24%
Hank Brown 100%
Richard Bryan 31%
Ed Bryant 100%
John Bryant 20%
Dale Bumpers 34%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 97%
Dan Burton 94%
Steve Buyer 97%
Robert Byrd 24%
Herbert Callahan 97%
Ben Campbell 86%
Thomas Campbell 78%
Mike Castle 86%
John Chafee 86%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 97%
Jon Lynn Christensen 97%
William Clay, Sr. 16%
Eva Clayton 19%
Robert Clement 65%
William Clinger 100%
William Cohen 81%
Ronald Coleman 20%
Barbara-Rose Collins 11%
Cardiss Collins 0%
Michael Collins 97%
Larry Combest 97%
Gary Condit 78%
Kent Conrad 34%
Jerry Costello 39%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 16%

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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