Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2007-2008 Positions

State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 60
Gary Ackerman 60
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 90
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 55
Todd Akin 90
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 100
Rodney Alexander 89
Wayne Allard 82
Thomas Allen 50
Jason Altmire 60
Rob Andrews 57
Michael Arcuri 60
Joe Baca, Sr. 60
MN U.S. House-6 Michele Bachmann R 90
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 90
Brian Baird 50
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 60
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 83
J. Gresham Barrett 80
GA U.S. House-12 John Barrow D 67
Roscoe Bartlett 90
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 90
Max Baucus 73
Evan Bayh 73
Melissa Bean 60
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 50
Bob Bennett 100
Shelley Berkley 60
Howard Berman 60
Marion Berry 50
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 56
Judy Biggert 90
Brian Bilbray 90
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 90
Jeff Bingaman 55
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 90
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 56
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 60
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 89
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 60
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 90
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 89
Kit Bond 100
Jo Bonner, Jr. 90
Mary Bono Mack 90
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 90
Dan Boren 90
Leonard Boswell 60
Rick Boucher 67
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 90
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 60
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70
Nancy Boyda 70
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 90
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 56
IA U.S. House-1 Bruce Braley D 56
GA U.S. House-10 Paul Broun R 75
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 43
Henry Brown, Jr. 90
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 55
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 100
Ginny Brown-Waite 89
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 90
Jim Bunning 100
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 80
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 100
Dan Burton 90
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 56
Steve Buyer 89
Robert Byrd 64
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 90
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 90
CA U.S. House-45 John Campbell III R 67
Chris Cannon 80
Eric Cantor 90
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 64
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 100
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 60
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 56
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 55
Dennis Cardoza 60
Russ Carnahan 60
Christopher Carney 60
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 70
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 75
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 90
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 55
Mike Castle 90
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 60
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 50
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 89
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 100
Ben Chandler III 56
Travis Childers 50
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 67
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 60
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 67
Hillary Clinton 50
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 60
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 80
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 91
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 100
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 60
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 89
Norm Coleman 100
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 100
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 90
Kent Conrad 45
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 60
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 50
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 91
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 100
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 70
Jerry Costello 56
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 60
Larry Craig 91
Robert Cramer 78
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 91
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 90
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 60
Barbara Cubin 60
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 70
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 100
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 60
Artur Davis 60
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 60
David Davis 90
Geoff Davis 90
Lincoln Davis 67
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 60
Thomas Davis III 80
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 78
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 60
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 60
Bill Delahunt 50
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 60
James DeMint 91
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 80
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 90
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 90
Norm Dicks 60
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 60
Chris Dodd 50
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 60
Elizabeth Dole 100
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100
IN U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 60
John Doolittle 88
Byron Dorgan 45
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 60
Thelma Drake 90
David Dreier 90
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 80
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 55
MD U.S. House-4 Donna Edwards D 100
Chet Edwards 60
Vern Ehlers 90
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison DFL 67
Brad Ellsworth 60
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 60
Jo Ann Emerson 90
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 50
Philip English 78
John Ensign 90
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 91
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 60
Bob Etheridge 60
Terry Everett 90
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 90
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 60
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 56
Tom Feeney 100
Russ Feingold 36
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 55
Michael Ferguson 70
Bob Filner 63
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 50
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 80
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 90
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 75
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 80
Barney Frank 60
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 80
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 90
Elton Gallegly 89
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 90
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 80
Gabrielle Giffords 60
Wayne Gilchrest 100
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 67
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 80
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 88
Charlie Gonzalez 60
Virgil Goode, Jr. 80
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 90
Bart Gordon 60
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 100
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 89
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 100
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 89
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 60
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 60
Judd Gregg 91
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 60
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 43
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 90
John Hall 60
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 90
Phil Hare 60
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 50
Jane Harman 60
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 50
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 89
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 100
Robert Hayes 70
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 90
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 80
Wally Herger, Jr. 90
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 60
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 60
Baron Hill 70
Maurice Hinchey 60
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 56
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 60
David Lee Hobson 90
Paul Hodes 60
Pete Hoekstra 89
Thomas Holden 56
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 60
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 50
Darlene Hooley 60
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 60
Kenny Hulshof 86
Duncan Hunter 78
Kay Hutchison 100
Bob Inglis, Sr. 89
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 89
Daniel Inouye 60
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 71
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 100
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 60
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 89
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 60
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 67
William Jefferson 57
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 56
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 60
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 89
Tim Johnson 63
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 100
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 90
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 90
Steve Kagen 56
Paul Kanjorski 60
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 50
Ric Keller 80
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 55
Patrick Kennedy 60
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 50
Dale Kildee 60
Carolyn Kilpatrick 60
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 60
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 80
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 90
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 80
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 80
Ron Klein 60
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 90
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 55
Joseph Knollenberg 90
Herb Kohl 55
Dennis Kucinich 56
John Kuhl, Jr. 90
Jon Kyl 91
Ray LaHood 89
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 90
Nicholas Lampson 75
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 73
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 60
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 60
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 60
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 90
Steve LaTourette 67
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 80
Frank Lautenberg 55
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 55
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 60
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 55
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 56
Jerry Lewis 90
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 67
Ron Lewis 89
Joe Lieberman 73
Blanche Lincoln 73
John Linder 80
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 60
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 67
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 60
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 56
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 60
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 90
Dick Lugar 100
Dan Lungren 90
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 56
Connie Mack IV 100
Tim Mahoney 70
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 67
Don Manzullo 80
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 88
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 60
Jim Marshall 50
Melquiades Martinez 100
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 70
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 60
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 100
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 60
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 89
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 64
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 80
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 60
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 100
Thaddeus McCotter 80
James McCrery III 88
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 60
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 60
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 90
John McHugh 67
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 60
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 89
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 90
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 60
Michael McNulty 60
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 56
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 60
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 60
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 55
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 89
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 60
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 55
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 80
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 89
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 60
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 90
Brad Miller 60
Harry Mitchell 60
Alan Mollohan 60
Dennis Moore 60
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 60
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 56
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 80
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 91
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 60
Patrick Murphy 60
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 80
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 55
Jack Murtha 56
Marilyn Musgrave 89
Sue Myrick 89
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 60
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 60
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 56
Ben Nelson 80
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 64
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 90
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 90
NA President Barack Obama II D 50
Jim Oberstar 60
Dave Obey 60
John Olver 60
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 56
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 56
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 56
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 60
Ron Paul 67
Donald Payne 56
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 89
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 33
IN Governor Mike Pence R 80
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 60
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 44
John Peterson 100
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 90
Charles Pickering, Jr. 75
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 90
Todd Platts 80
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 67
Earl Pomeroy 60
Jon Porter, Sr. 80
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 60
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 80
Deborah Pryce 88
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 64
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 90
George Radanovich 100
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 60
James Ramstad 80
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 60
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 55
Ralph Regula 89
Denny Rehberg 90
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 80
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 55
Richard Renzi 78
Silvestre Reyes 56
Thomas Reynolds 90
Laura Richardson 60
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 100
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 55
Ciro Rodriguez 60
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 90
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 89
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 90
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 67
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 89
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 89
Mike Ross 60
Steve Rothman 60
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 60
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 70
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 60
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 50
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 90
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 60
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 60
Ken Salazar 64
William Sali 90
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 50
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 60
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 55
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 60
Jim Saxton 67
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 100
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 60
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 67
Jean Schmidt 90
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 55
PA U.S. House-13 Allyson Schwartz D 56
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 60
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 60
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 80
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 60
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 91
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 90
Joe Sestak, Jr. 60
John Shadegg 70
Christopher Shays 56
NH U.S. House-1 Carol Shea-Porter D 60
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 82
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 60
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 90
Heath Shuler 78
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 88
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 88
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 60
Ike Skelton 60
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 60
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 44
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 90
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 70
Gordon Smith 100
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 90
Olympia Snowe 100
Vic Snyder 60
Hilda Solis 56
Mark Souder 89
Zack Space 60
Arlen Specter 91
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 75
John Spratt, Jr. 60
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 55
Pete Stark 60
Cliff Stearns 80
Ted Stevens 100
Bart Stupak 60
John Sullivan 88
John Sununu 100
Betty Sutton 56
Tom Tancredo 63
John Tanner 60
Ellen Tauscher 60
Gene Taylor 60
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 90
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 73
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 60
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 60
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 90
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 100
Todd Tiahrt 89
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 89
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 60
Ed Towns 60
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 67
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 89
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 50
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 56
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 90
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 67
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 60
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 60
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 100
George Voinovich 90
MI U.S. House-7 Tim Walberg R 90
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 89
James Walsh 80
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz DFL 60
Zach Wamp 90
John Warner 100
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 63
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 60
Diane Watson 60
Mel Watt 60
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 56
Jim Webb, Jr. 64
Anthony Weiner 56
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 60
David Weldon 88
Gerald Weller 71
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 70
Robert Wexler 50
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 45
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 80
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 100
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 90
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 63
Heather Wilson 100
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 80
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 100
Lynn Woolsey 60
David Wu 60
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 64
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 56
Bill Young 89
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 70

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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