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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 14%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 38%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 93%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 14%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 14%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 38%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 13%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 88%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 88%
LA U.S. Senate Sr David Vitter Republican 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 25%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 14%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 88%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 25%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 93%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 7%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 7%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 14%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 38%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 25%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 85%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 88%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 25%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 29%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 25%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 7%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 14%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 7%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 14%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 38%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 8%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 8%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 7%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 7%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 14%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 7%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 93%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 93%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 14%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 7%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 77%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 8%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 7%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 8%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 8%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 7%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 7%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 7%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 7%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 7%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 15%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 14%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 7%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 7%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 36%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 7%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 36%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 7%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 100%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 88%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 7%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 63%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 25%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Republican 100%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 7%
Neil Abercrombie 43%
Gary Ackerman 8%
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%
Cass Ballenger 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Max Baucus 75%
Evan Bayh 38%
Bob Bennett 100%
Douglas Bereuter 71%
Shelley Berkley 36%
Howard Berman 7%
Marion Berry 29%
Judy Biggert 100%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
Sherwood Boehlert 86%
Kit Bond 88%
Henry Bonilla 100%
Mary Bono Mack 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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