Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2007-2008 Positions

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

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