Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2001-2002 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 43%
Gary Ackerman 8%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 17%
Todd Akin 100%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 29%
Joe Baca, Sr. 15%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 100%
Brian Baird 14%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 7%
Cass Ballenger 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Max Baucus 75%
Evan Bayh 38%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 7%
Bob Bennett 100%
Douglas Bereuter 71%
Shelley Berkley 36%
Howard Berman 7%
Marion Berry 29%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 14%
Judy Biggert 100%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 38%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 8%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 86%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 100%
Kit Bond 88%
Henry Bonilla 100%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 100%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 29%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 14%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 100%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 7%
John Breaux 63%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 14%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 88%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 92%
Robert Byrd 13%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 100%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
Eric Cantor 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 25%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 100%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 29%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 8%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 14%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 14%
Brad Carson 43%
Julia Carson 7%
Mike Castle 79%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 100%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 25%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 93%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 14%
Hillary Clinton 25%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 15%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 93%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 100%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 88%
Larry Combest 100%
Kent Conrad 25%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 7%
Jon Corzine 25%
Jerry Costello 21%
Christopher Cox 100%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 86%
Philip Crane 100%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 100%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 100%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 7%
Barbara Cubin 100%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 100%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 7%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Thomas Daschle 25%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 7%
James Davis 14%
Jo Ann Davis 100%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 14%
Thomas Davis III 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 100%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 7%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 7%
Bill Delahunt 8%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 7%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 7%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 63%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 85%
Norm Dicks 7%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 7%
Chris Dodd 25%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 15%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 57%
John Doolittle 93%
Byron Dorgan 25%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 7%
David Dreier 93%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 93%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 13%
John Edwards 25%
Chet Edwards 21%
Vern Ehlers 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 7%
Philip English 100%
John Ensign 86%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 100%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 7%
Bob Etheridge 21%
Lane Evans 7%
Terry Everett 100%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 14%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 7%
Russ Feingold 13%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
Michael Ferguson 93%
Bob Filner 7%
Peter Fitzgerald 63%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 93%
Ernest Fletcher 100%
Mark Foley 100%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 100%
Harold Ford, Jr. 23%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Barney Frank 0%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 100%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 7%
Elton Gallegly 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 7%
Jim Gibbons 100%
Wayne Gilchrest 100%
Paul Gillmor 92%
Charlie Gonzalez 7%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 100%
Bart Gordon 57%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 13%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 85%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 100%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 100%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 100%
Mark Green 100%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 14%
James Greenwood 100%
Judd Gregg 100%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 7%
Gilbert Gutknecht 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 100%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 79%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 25%
Jane Harman 43%
Melissa Hart 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 7%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 100%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 88%
Robert Hayes 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 100%
Baron Hill 14%
Maurice Hinchey 7%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 21%
David Lee Hobson 100%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 7%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 14%
Ernest Hollings 38%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 21%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 14%
Darlene Hooley 29%
John Nathan Hostettler 93%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 77%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 0%
Kenny Hulshof 100%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Kay Hutchison 88%
Henry Hyde 93%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
Daniel Inouye 25%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 7%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 100%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 29%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 100%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 86%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 14%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 7%
William Jefferson 21%
James Merrill Jeffords 63%
William Lewis Jenkins 93%
Christopher John 50%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 7%
Nancy Johnson 93%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 100%
Tim Johnson 86%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 50%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 100%
Paul Kanjorski 14%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 8%
Ric Keller 100%
Sue Kelly 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 25%
Mark Kennedy 100%
Patrick Kennedy 7%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 25%
Dale Kildee 7%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 7%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 7%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 77%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 100%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 100%
Gerald Kleczka 7%
Joseph Knollenberg 100%
Herb Kohl 38%
James Kolbe 100%
Dennis Kucinich 14%
Jon Kyl 100%
Ray LaHood 100%
Nicholas Lampson 21%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 75%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 7%
Tom Lantos 7%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 36%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 14%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 92%
Steve LaTourette 93%
James Leach 86%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 25%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 21%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 25%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 7%
Jerry Lewis 100%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 8%
Ron Lewis 100%
Joe Lieberman 25%
Blanche Lincoln 75%
John Linder 100%
William Lipinski 18%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 93%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 7%
Trent Lott, Sr. 86%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 7%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 100%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 79%
Dick Lugar 100%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 0%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 7%
Don Manzullo 100%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 8%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 36%
Robert Matsui 7%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 38%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 36%
Karen McCarthy 7%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 7%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 88%
James McCrery III 100%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 7%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 7%
John McHugh 93%
Scott McInnis 100%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 54%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 100%
Michael McNulty 7%
Martin Meehan 8%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 7%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 7%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 25%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 15%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 100%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 14%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 100%
Zell Bryan Miller 75%
Alan Mollohan 14%
Dennis Moore 36%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 23%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 29%
Jack Murtha 36%
Sue Myrick 100%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 7%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 7%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 7%
Ben Nelson 63%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 38%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 93%
Robert William Ney 100%
Don Nickles 100%
Anne Northup 100%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 100%
James Nussle 100%
Jim Oberstar 8%
Dave Obey 14%
John Olver 14%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 14%
Thomas William Osborne 100%
Doug Ose 100%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 100%
Major Owens 7%
Michael Oxley 100%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 14%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 7%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 7%
Ron Paul 92%
Donald Payne 7%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 7%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 100%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 57%
John Peterson 100%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 93%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 100%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 100%
Todd Platts 100%
Richard Pombo 100%
Earl Pomeroy 21%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 100%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 7%
Deborah Pryce 100%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 100%
Jack Quinn 92%
George Radanovich 100%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 15%
James Ramstad 100%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 0%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 25%
Ralph Regula 100%
Denny Rehberg 100%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 25%
Silvestre Reyes 7%
Thomas Reynolds 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 88%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 25%
Ciro Rodriguez 8%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 100%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 100%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 100%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 100%
Mike Ross 36%
Steve Rothman 7%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 7%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 100%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 0%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 100%
Jim Ryun 100%
Martin Olav Sabo 7%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 21%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 7%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 43%
Rick Santorum 88%
Paul Sarbanes 25%
Jim Saxton 93%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 14%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 21%
Edward Schrock 100%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 25%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 7%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 100%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 8%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 100%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 100%
John Shadegg 100%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 93%
Christopher Shays 100%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 100%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 14%
Donald Sherwood 100%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 100%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 100%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 100%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 100%
Ike Skelton 38%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 7%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 36%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 93%
Gordon Smith 88%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 100%
Nick Smith 100%
Olympia Snowe 75%
Vic Snyder 14%
Hilda Solis 0%
Mark Souder 100%
Arlen Specter 75%
John Spratt, Jr. 14%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 25%
Pete Stark 14%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Charles Stenholm 43%
Ted Stevens 88%
Ted Strickland 7%
Bart Stupak 8%
John Sullivan 100%
John Sununu 100%
John Sweeney 100%
Tom Tancredo 100%
John Tanner 36%
Ellen Tauscher 21%
William Tauzin 100%
Charles Taylor 100%
Gene Taylor 29%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 86%
Craig Thomas 100%
William Thomas 93%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 14%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 31%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 100%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 100%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 7%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 100%
Ed Towns 15%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 8%
James Turner 29%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 7%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 7%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 100%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 7%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 8%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 100%
George Voinovich 88%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 100%
James Walsh 100%
Zach Wamp 100%
John Warner 88%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 15%
Diane Watson 14%
Mel Watt 7%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 8%
Anthony Weiner 7%
David Weldon 100%
W. Curtis Weldon 93%
Gerald Weller 100%
Robert Wexler 7%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 100%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 93%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 80%
Heather Wilson 100%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 100%
Lynn Woolsey 7%
David Wu 7%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 38%
Albert Wynn 15%
Bill Young 100%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 100%

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