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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 44%
Gary Ackerman 14%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Todd Akin 100%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 11%
Rob Andrews 33%
Richard Armey 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 100%
Brian Baird 22%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 11%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 11%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 56%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 17%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 11%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 13%
Douglas Bereuter 78%
Shelley Berkley 44%
Howard Berman 11%
Marion Berry 33%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 100%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
Rod Blagojevich 11%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 13%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 78%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 83%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 11%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 11%
Leonard Boswell 33%
Rick Boucher 22%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 17%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 11%
John Breaux 67%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 11%
Henry Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 11%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 83%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 0%
Herbert Callahan 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
Eric Cantor 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 17%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 33%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 11%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 11%
Jean Carnahan 50%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
Brad Carson 44%
Julia Carson 11%
Mike Castle 78%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 33%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 89%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 11%
Eva Clayton 11%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 50%
Robert Clement 56%
Hillary Clinton 17%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 83%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 67%
Kent Conrad 17%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 11%
John Cooksey 100%
Jon Corzine 17%
Jerry Costello 22%
Christopher Cox 100%
William Coyne 13%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 89%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 11%
Barbara Cubin 100%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 11%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Thomas Daschle 17%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 11%
James Davis 11%
Jo Ann Davis 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 22%
Thomas Davis III 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 11%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11%
Bill Delahunt 11%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 11%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 11%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 89%
Norm Dicks 11%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 11%
Chris Dodd 17%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 13%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 56%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 17%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 11%
David Dreier 89%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 89%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
John Edwards 17%
Chet Edwards 11%
Vern Ehlers 100%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 78%
Jo Ann Emerson 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 11%
Philip English 100%
John Ensign 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 11%
Bob Etheridge 33%
Lane Evans 11%
Terry Everett 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 22%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 11%
Russ Feingold 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Michael Ferguson 89%
Bob Filner 11%
Peter Fitzgerald 50%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
Ernest Fletcher 100%
Mark Foley 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 100%
Harold Ford, Jr. 22%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Barney Frank 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 100%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 11%
Elton Gallegly 100%
John Ganske 88%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 11%
Jim Gibbons 100%
Wayne Gilchrest 100%
Paul Gillmor 88%
Benjamin Gilman 78%
Charlie Gonzalez 11%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
Bart Gordon 67%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 88%
William Phillip Gramm 80%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 100%
Mark Green 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 22%
James Greenwood 100%
Judd Gregg 100%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 78%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 11%
Gilbert Gutknecht 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 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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