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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 40%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 40%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 60%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 40%
Rob Andrews 60%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 80%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 80%
Henry Scott Baesler 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 40%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 40%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 80%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 80%
Max Baucus 80%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 20%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 40%
Douglas Bereuter 80%
Howard Berman 40%
Marion Berry 60%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
Brian Bilbray 100%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 40%
Rod Blagojevich 40%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 40%
Sonny Bono 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 0%
Leonard Boswell 60%
Rick Boucher 20%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 60%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
John Breaux 80%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
George Brown, Jr. 20%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 20%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 80%
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 20%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 40%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
Julia Carson 40%
Mike Castle 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
John Chafee 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
Jon Lynn Christensen 100%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 40%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 60%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 80%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 60%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
Merrill Cook 100%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 50%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 80%
William Coyne 20%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 80%
Philip Crane 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 80%
Barbara Cubin 80%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Alfonse D'Amato 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 80%
Thomas Daschle 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
James Davis 40%
Thomas Davis III 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 40%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Ronald Dellums 0%
Peter Deutsch 40%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 80%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 60%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 40%
Julian Dixon 20%
Chris Dodd 60%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 40%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 80%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 60%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 40%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 100%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 60%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 100%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
Philip English 80%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 40%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 100%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 80%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 40%
Harris Fawell 100%
Victor Fazio 40%
Russ Feingold 40%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 60%
Bob Filner 0%
Thomas Foglietta 40%
Mark Foley 100%
Michael Patrick Forbes 80%
Harold Ford, Jr. 40%
Wendell Ford 60%
Tillie Fowler 100%
Jon David Fox 100%
Barney Frank 0%
Robert Franks 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 100%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 40%
Elizabeth Furse 40%
Elton Gallegly 100%
John Ganske 80%
Sam Gejdenson 40%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 100%
Wayne Gilchrest 100%
Paul Gillmor 80%
Benjamin Gilman 80%
Newt Gingrich 100%
John Glenn 40%
Henry Gonzalez 25%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 100%
Bart Gordon 80%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
William Phillip Gramm 80%
Rodney Grams 80%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
James Greenwood 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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