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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 75%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matthew Salmon Republican 80%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 40%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 80%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 60%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 60%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 40%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 100%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 20%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 40%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 80%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 60%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 20%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 80%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 40%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 40%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 60%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 40%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 40%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 60%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 40%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 80%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 20%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 40%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 40%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 40%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 40%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 60%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 20%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 0%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 40%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 20%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 100%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 80%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 80%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 60%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 40%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 60%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 40%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 40%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 40%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 60%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 40%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 40%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 60%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 40%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 60%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 40%
Rob Andrews 60%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 80%
Henry Scott Baesler 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 60%
Robert Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 80%
Max Baucus 80%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 40%
Douglas Bereuter 80%
Howard Berman 40%
Marion Berry 60%
Brian Bilbray 100%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
Rod Blagojevich 40%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 40%
Sonny Bono 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 0%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 20%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
John Breaux 80%
George Brown, Jr. 20%
Richard Bryan 80%

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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