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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 15%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 15%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 43%
Wayne Allard 86%
Thomas Allen 15%
Rob Andrews 38%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 86%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 92%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 23%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 46%
Robert Barr, Jr. 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 31%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 92%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Max Baucus 57%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 38%
Douglas Bereuter 77%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 54%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 57%
Brian Bilbray 77%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 43%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 54%
Rod Blagojevich 31%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 46%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 15%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 8%
Leonard Boswell 46%
Rick Boucher 15%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 43%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
John Breaux 57%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 10%
George Brown, Jr. 8%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 57%
Ed Bryant 92%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 29%
Herbert Callahan 92%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 70%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 92%
Chris Cannon 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
Julia Carson 23%
Mike Castle 85%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
John Chafee 86%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 92%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 31%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 57%
Robert Clement 31%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 23%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 85%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 86%
Michael Collins 100%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 70%
Kent Conrad 43%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
Merrill Cook 100%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 33%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 92%
William Coyne 23%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 77%
Philip Crane 91%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
Barbara Cubin 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 43%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
James Davis 46%
Thomas Davis III 85%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 0%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 8%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Peter Deutsch 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 77%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 38%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 15%
Julian Dixon 8%
Chris Dodd 43%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 46%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 43%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 38%
David Dreier 83%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 100%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 43%
Chet Edwards 46%
Vern Ehlers 100%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 92%
Jo Ann Emerson 100%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
Philip English 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
Bob Etheridge 46%
Lane Evans 15%
Terry Everett 100%
Thomas Ewing 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 31%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 18%
Russ Feingold 29%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 43%
Bob Filner 0%
Mark Foley 92%
Michael Patrick Forbes 46%
Harold Ford, Jr. 33%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Tillie Fowler 100%
Barney Frank 0%
Robert Franks 85%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 85%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 31%
Elton Gallegly 100%
John Ganske 64%
Sam Gejdenson 15%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
Jim Gibbons 100%
Wayne Gilchrest 75%
Paul Gillmor 92%
Benjamin Gilman 67%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 92%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 92%
William Goodling 100%
Bart Gordon 46%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 57%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
William Phillip Gramm 86%
Rodney Grams 86%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 46%
James Greenwood 100%
Judd Gregg 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 92%
Tony Hall 31%
James Hansen 92%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 67%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 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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