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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Bob 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%
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 20%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 40%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
Julia Carson 40%
Mike Castle 100%
John Chafee 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 80%
Jon Lynn Christensen 100%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 40%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 60%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 60%
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%
Barbara Cubin 80%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Alfonse D'Amato 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 80%
Thomas Daschle 60%
James Davis 40%
Thomas Davis III 100%
Bill Delahunt 0%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Ronald Dellums 0%
Peter Deutsch 40%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 80%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 60%
Julian Dixon 20%
Chris Dodd 60%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 80%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 60%
David Dreier 100%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
Chet Edwards 40%
Vern Ehlers 100%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 100%
Philip English 80%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 100%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 80%
Harris Fawell 100%
Victor Fazio 40%
Russ Feingold 40%
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%
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%
William Goodling 100%
Bart Gordon 80%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 80%
William Phillip Gramm 80%
Rodney Grams 80%
James Greenwood 100%
Judd Gregg 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 100%
Tony Hall 40%
Lee Hamilton 40%
James Hansen 100%
Jane Harman 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
W.G. Hefner 40%
Jesse Helms 80%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Rick Hill 60%
Van Hilleary 100%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 0%
Maurice Hinchey 20%
David Lee Hobson 100%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 40%
Ernest Hollings 20%
Darlene Hooley 40%
Stephen Horn 80%
John Nathan Hostettler 80%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 80%
Kenny Hulshof 100%
Duncan Hunter 80%
Asa Hutchinson 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 100%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 80%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 100%
Daniel Inouye 60%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 80%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 25%
James Merrill Jeffords 80%
William Lewis Jenkins 100%
Christopher John 100%
Jay Johnson 40%
Nancy Johnson 80%
Paul Kanjorski 20%
Sue Kelly 100%
Dirk Kempthorne 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 40%
Joseph Kennedy II 0%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 40%
Bob Kerrey 60%
Dale Kildee 40%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Jay Kim 100%
Gerald Kleczka 40%
Ronald Klink 40%
Scott Klug 80%
Joseph Knollenberg 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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