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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 100%
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%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 14%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 22%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 36%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 7%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 93%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 29%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 21%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 14%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 100%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 21%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 7%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 93%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
Neil Abercrombie 33%
Gary Ackerman 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 100%
Rodney Alexander 100%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 14%
Rob Andrews 15%
Joe Baca, Sr. 29%
Spencer Bachus 93%
Brian Baird 43%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 100%
John Barrow 64%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
Charlie Bass 86%
Max Baucus 38%
Evan Bayh 22%
Melissa Bean 64%
Bob Beauprez 100%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 33%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 43%
Judy Biggert 93%
Brian Bilbray 100%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 22%
Tim Bishop 14%
Sherwood Boehlert 71%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 100%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Dan Boren 100%
Leonard Boswell 30%
Rick Boucher 36%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 71%
Henry Brown, Jr. 100%
Ginny Brown-Waite 92%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 93%
Robert Byrd 11%
Dave Camp 100%
John Campbell III 80%
Chris Cannon 100%
Eric Cantor 100%
Dennis Cardoza 64%
Russ Carnahan 14%
Julia Carson 15%
Edward Case 54%
Mike Castle 86%
Linc Chafee 44%
Saxby Chambliss 100%
Ben Chandler III 36%
Chris Chocola 100%
Hillary Clinton 12%
Howard Coble 93%
Thomas Coburn 100%
Norm Coleman 89%
Kent Conrad 29%
Jerry Costello 43%
Larry Craig 89%
Robert Cramer 92%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Artur Davis 36%
Geoff Davis 93%
James Davis 22%
Jo Ann Davis 93%
Lincoln Davis 100%
Thomas Davis III 93%
Bill Delahunt 21%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 92%
Norm Dicks 21%
John Dingell 15%
Chris Dodd 11%
Elizabeth Dole 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 89%
John Doolittle 86%
Byron Dorgan 0%
Thelma Drake 100%
David Dreier 100%
Chet Edwards 86%
Vern Ehlers 86%
Jo Ann Emerson 93%
Philip English 93%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Etheridge 14%
Lane Evans 18%
Terry Everett 100%
Tom Feeney 100%
Russ Feingold 0%
Michael Ferguson 86%
Bob Filner 21%
Mark Foley 85%
Harold Ford, Jr. 64%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Barney Frank 14%
William Frist 100%
Elton Gallegly 100%
Jim Gerlach 86%
Jim Gibbons 100%
Wayne Gilchrest 85%
Paul Gillmor 100%
Phil Gingrey 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 36%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
Bart Gordon 79%
Mark Green 93%
Judd Gregg 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 92%
Charles Hagel 100%
Ralph Hall 100%
Tom Harkin 0%
Jane Harman 38%
Katherine Harris 100%
Melissa Hart 93%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Doc Hastings 100%
Robert Hayes 93%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 93%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 57%
Maurice Hinchey 14%
David Lee Hobson 92%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 36%
Rush Holt, Jr. 7%
Darlene Hooley 36%
John Nathan Hostettler 100%
Kenny Hulshof 100%
Duncan Hunter 100%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 93%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 93%
Daniel Inouye 12%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 14%
William Jefferson 31%
James Merrill Jeffords 25%
William Lewis Jenkins 93%
Nancy Johnson 86%
Tim Johnson 79%
Timothy Johnson 44%
Paul Kanjorski 7%
Ric Keller 100%
Sue Kelly 86%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
Mark Kennedy 100%
Patrick Kennedy 15%
Dale Kildee 14%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 14%
Jack Kingston 100%
Joseph Knollenberg 100%
Herb Kohl 22%
James Kolbe 100%
Dennis Kucinich 14%
John Kuhl, Jr. 93%
Jon Kyl 100%
Ray LaHood 86%
Mary Landrieu 44%
Tom Lantos 14%
Tom Latham 100%
Steve LaTourette 86%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
James Leach 77%
Carl Levin 0%
Jerry Lewis 93%
Ron Lewis 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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