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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 43%
Gary Ackerman 8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 17%
Todd Akin 100%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 29%
Joe Baca, Sr. 15%
Spencer Bachus 100%
Brian Baird 14%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 7%
Cass Ballenger 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Max Baucus 75%
Evan Bayh 38%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 7%
Bob Bennett 100%
Douglas Bereuter 71%
Shelley Berkley 36%
Howard Berman 7%
Marion Berry 29%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 14%
Judy Biggert 100%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 38%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 8%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 86%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 88%
Henry Bonilla 100%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 100%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 29%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 14%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 38%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 7%
John Breaux 63%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
Henry Brown, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 14%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 88%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 92%
Robert Byrd 13%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
Dave Camp 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Chris Cannon 100%
Eric Cantor 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 25%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 14%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 14%
Brad Carson 43%
Julia Carson 7%
Mike Castle 79%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
Linc Chafee 25%
Saxby Chambliss 93%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 14%
Hillary Clinton 25%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 15%
Howard Coble 93%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 88%
Larry Combest 100%
Kent Conrad 25%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 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 Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 7%
Barbara Cubin 100%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 7%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Thomas Daschle 25%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
James Davis 14%
Jo Ann Davis 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 14%
Thomas Davis III 100%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 7%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 7%
Bill Delahunt 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 7%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Peter Deutsch 7%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 63%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 85%
Norm Dicks 7%
John Dingell 7%
Chris Dodd 25%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 57%
John Doolittle 93%
Byron Dorgan 25%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 7%
David Dreier 93%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 93%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 13%
John Edwards 25%
Chet Edwards 21%
Vern Ehlers 100%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 7%
Philip English 100%
John Ensign 86%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 7%
Bob Etheridge 21%
Lane Evans 7%
Terry Everett 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 14%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 7%
Russ Feingold 13%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Michael Ferguson 93%
Bob Filner 7%
Peter Fitzgerald 63%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 93%
Ernest Fletcher 100%
Mark Foley 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 100%
Harold Ford, Jr. 23%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Barney Frank 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 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 Republican 100%
Bart Gordon 57%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 13%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 85%
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 14%
James Greenwood 100%
Judd Gregg 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 7%
Gilbert Gutknecht 100%
Charles Hagel 100%
Ralph Hall 79%
Tom Harkin 25%
Jane Harman 43%
Melissa Hart 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 7%
Doc Hastings 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 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. Democratic 21%
David Lee Hobson 100%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 7%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 14%
Ernest Hollings 38%
Rush Holt, Jr. 21%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 14%
Darlene Hooley 29%

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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