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Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
John Spratt, Jr. 21%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 21%
Lane Evans 18%
Dave Obey 18%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 17%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 17%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 17%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 17%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 17%
Rob Andrews 15%
Howard Berman 15%
Julia Carson 15%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 15%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 15%
Patrick Kennedy 15%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 15%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 15%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 15%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 15%
Major Owens 15%
Silvestre Reyes 15%
Ted Strickland 15%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 15%
Robert Wexler 15%
Gary Ackerman 14%
Thomas Allen 14%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 14%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 14%
Russ Carnahan 14%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 14%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
Bob Etheridge 14%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 14%
Barney Frank 14%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 14%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 14%
Maurice Hinchey 14%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 14%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 14%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 14%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 14%
Dale Kildee 14%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 14%
Dennis Kucinich 14%
Tom Lantos 14%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 14%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 14%
Martin Meehan 14%
Brad Miller 14%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 14%
John Olver 14%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 14%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 14%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 14%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 14%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 14%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 14%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 14%
Hilda Solis 14%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 14%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 14%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 14%
Diane Watson 14%
Mel Watt 14%
Anthony Weiner 14%
Lynn Woolsey 14%
Hillary Clinton 12%
Daniel Inouye 12%
NA President Barack Obama II Democratic 12%
Robert Byrd 11%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
Chris Dodd 11%
Joe Lieberman 11%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 11%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 8%
Donald Payne 8%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 8%
Pete Stark 8%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 7%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 7%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 7%
Paul Kanjorski 7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 7%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 7%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 7%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 7%
Jim Oberstar 7%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 7%
Martin Olav Sabo 7%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 7%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
Byron Dorgan 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
Russ Feingold 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%

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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