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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 55
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 45
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 60
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 90
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 60
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 100
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 100
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 91
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 50
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 89
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 60
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 88
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 67
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 89
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 80
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 90
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 100
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 90
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 60
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 80
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 90
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 89
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 90
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 56
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 67
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 90
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 90
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 88
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 80
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 70
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 56
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 90
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 90
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 60
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 90
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 80
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 60
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 80
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 90
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 55
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 55
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 60
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 55
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 64
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 60
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 90
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 60
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 80
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 44
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 71
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 60
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 90
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 60
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 60
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 80
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 100
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 91
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 83
Neil Abercrombie 60
Gary Ackerman 60
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 55
Todd Akin 90
Rodney Alexander 89
Wayne Allard 82
Thomas Allen 50
Jason Altmire 60
Rob Andrews 57
Michael Arcuri 60
Joe Baca, Sr. 60
Michele Bachmann 90
Spencer Bachus 90
Brian Baird 50
J. Gresham Barrett 80
John Barrow 67
Roscoe Bartlett 90
Max Baucus 73
Evan Bayh 73
Melissa Bean 60
Bob Bennett 100
Shelley Berkley 60
Howard Berman 60
Marion Berry 50
Judy Biggert 90
Brian Bilbray 90
Jeff Bingaman 55
Tim Bishop 60
Kit Bond 100
Jo Bonner, Jr. 90
Mary Bono Mack 90
Dan Boren 90
Leonard Boswell 60
Rick Boucher 67
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70
Nancy Boyda 70
Bruce Braley 56
Paul Broun 75
Henry Brown, Jr. 90
Ginny Brown-Waite 89
Jim Bunning 100
Dan Burton 90
Steve Buyer 89
Robert Byrd 64
Dave Camp 90
John Campbell III 67
Chris Cannon 80
Eric Cantor 90
Dennis Cardoza 60
Russ Carnahan 60
Christopher Carney 60
Mike Castle 90
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 50
Saxby Chambliss 100
Ben Chandler III 56
Travis Childers 50
Hillary Clinton 50
Howard Coble 80
Thomas Coburn 91
Norm Coleman 100
Kent Conrad 45
Jerry Costello 56
Larry Craig 91
Robert Cramer 78
Barbara Cubin 60
Artur Davis 60
David Davis 90
Geoff Davis 90
Lincoln Davis 67
Thomas Davis III 80
Bill Delahunt 50
James DeMint 91
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 90
Norm Dicks 60
John Dingell 60
Chris Dodd 50
Elizabeth Dole 100
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100
John Doolittle 88
Byron Dorgan 45
Thelma Drake 90
David Dreier 90
Chet Edwards 60
Vern Ehlers 90
Brad Ellsworth 60
Jo Ann Emerson 90
Philip English 78
John Ensign 90
Bob Etheridge 60
Terry Everett 90
Tom Feeney 100
Russ Feingold 36
Michael Ferguson 70
Bob Filner 63
Vito Fossella, Jr. 80
Barney Frank 60
Elton Gallegly 89
Jim Gerlach 80
Gabrielle Giffords 60
Wayne Gilchrest 100
Phil Gingrey 80
Charlie Gonzalez 60
Virgil Goode, Jr. 80
Bart Gordon 60
Judd Gregg 91
Charles Hagel 90
John Hall 60
Ralph Hall 90
Phil Hare 60
Tom Harkin 50
Jane Harman 60
Doc Hastings 89
Robert Hayes 70
Wally Herger, Jr. 90
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 60
Baron Hill 70
Maurice Hinchey 60
David Lee Hobson 90
Paul Hodes 60
Pete Hoekstra 89
Thomas Holden 56
Rush Holt, Jr. 60
Darlene Hooley 60
Kenny Hulshof 86
Duncan Hunter 78
Kay Hutchison 100
Bob Inglis, Sr. 89
Daniel Inouye 60
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 60
William Jefferson 57
Tim Johnson 63
Timothy Johnson 100
Steve Kagen 56
Paul Kanjorski 60
Ric Keller 80
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 55
Patrick Kennedy 60

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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