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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 60
Gary Ackerman 60
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 90
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 55
Todd Akin 90
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 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 Republican 90
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 90
Brian Baird 50
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 60
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 83
J. Gresham Barrett 80
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 67
Roscoe Bartlett 90
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 90
Max Baucus 73
Evan Bayh 73
Melissa Bean 60
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 50
Bob Bennett 100
Shelley Berkley 60
Howard Berman 60
Marion Berry 50
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 56
Judy Biggert 90
Brian Bilbray 90
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 90
Jeff Bingaman 55
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 90
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 56
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 60
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 89
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 60
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 89
Kit Bond 100
Jo Bonner, Jr. 90
Mary Bono Mack 90
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 90
Dan Boren 90
Leonard Boswell 60
Rick Boucher 67
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 90
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 60
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70
Nancy Boyda 70
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 56
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 56
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 75
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 43
Henry Brown, Jr. 90
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 55
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100
Ginny Brown-Waite 89
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 90
Jim Bunning 100
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 80
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100
Dan Burton 90
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 56
Steve Buyer 89
Robert Byrd 64
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 90
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 90
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 67
Chris Cannon 80
Eric Cantor 90
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 64
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 100
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 60
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 56
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 55
Dennis Cardoza 60
Russ Carnahan 60
Christopher Carney 60
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 70
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 75
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 90
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 55
Mike Castle 90
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 60
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 50
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 89
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100
Ben Chandler III 56
Travis Childers 50
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 67
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 60
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 67
Hillary Clinton 50
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 60
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 80
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 91
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 60
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 89
Norm Coleman 100
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 90
Kent Conrad 45
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 60
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 91
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 70
Jerry Costello 56
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 60
Larry Craig 91
Robert Cramer 78
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 91
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 90
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 60
Barbara Cubin 60
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 70
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 60
Artur Davis 60
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 60
David Davis 90
Geoff Davis 90
Lincoln Davis 67
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 60
Thomas Davis III 80
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 78
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 60
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 60
Bill Delahunt 50
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 60
James DeMint 91
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 80
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 90
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 90
Norm Dicks 60
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 60
Chris Dodd 50
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 60
Elizabeth Dole 100
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 60
John Doolittle 88
Byron Dorgan 45
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 60
Thelma Drake 90
David Dreier 90
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 55
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100
Chet Edwards 60
Vern Ehlers 90
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67
Brad Ellsworth 60
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 60
Jo Ann Emerson 90
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50
Philip English 78
John Ensign 90
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 91
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 60
Bob Etheridge 60
Terry Everett 90
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 90
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 60
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 56
Tom Feeney 100
Russ Feingold 36
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 55
Michael Ferguson 70
Bob Filner 63
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 50
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 80
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 90
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 75
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 80
Barney Frank 60
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 80
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 90
Elton Gallegly 89
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 90
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 80
Gabrielle Giffords 60
Wayne Gilchrest 100
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 67
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 80
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 88
Charlie Gonzalez 60
Virgil Goode, Jr. 80
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 90
Bart Gordon 60
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 89
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 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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