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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 83%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 92%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 86%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 92%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 31%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 92%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 43%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 43%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 8%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 10%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 92%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 92%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 54%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 8%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 15%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 86%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 67%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 43%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 23%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 83%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 57%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 23%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 8%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 8%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 43%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 23%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 15%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 15%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 43%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 38%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 77%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 23%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 86%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 57%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 29%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 38%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 85%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 85%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 85%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 77%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 38%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 23%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 15%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 57%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 77%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 38%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 17%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 8%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 18%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 8%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 31%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 100%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 86%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 18%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 38%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 29%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 92%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 23%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 43%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 42%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 46%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 15%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 38%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 92%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 43%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 38%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 43%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 38%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 31%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 8%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 43%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 15%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 43%
Wayne Allard 86%
Thomas Allen 15%
Rob Andrews 38%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 86%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 46%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Max Baucus 57%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 38%
Douglas Bereuter 77%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 54%
Brian Bilbray 77%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 43%
Rod Blagojevich 31%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 92%
Sherwood Boehlert 46%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 15%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 8%
Leonard Boswell 46%
Rick Boucher 15%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
John Breaux 57%
George Brown, Jr. 8%

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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