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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 29%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 18%
Todd Akin 100%
Rodney Alexander 86%
Jason Altmire 86%
Rob Andrews 29%
Steve Austria 86%
Joe Baca, Sr. 29%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
Max Baucus 36%
Shelley Berkley 29%
Howard Berman 29%
Judy Biggert 86%
Brian Bilbray 86%
Jeff Bingaman 18%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 71%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
Dan Boren 100%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Scott Brown 100%
Dan Burton 86%
Dennis Cardoza 29%
Russ Carnahan 29%
Julia Carson 29%
Ben Chandler III 67%
Kent Conrad 27%
Jerry Costello 43%
Mark Critz 100%
Geoff Davis 83%
James DeMint 100%
Norm Dicks 29%
David Dreier 71%
Jo Ann Emerson 86%
John Ensign 100%
Bob Filner 29%
Barney Frank 29%
Elton Gallegly 86%
Gabrielle Giffords 29%
Charlie Gonzalez 29%
Jane Harman 17%
Wally Herger, Jr. 71%
Maurice Hinchey 29%
Thomas Holden 100%
Duncan Hunter 86%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Daniel Inouye 18%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 29%
Tim Johnson 86%
Dale Kildee 29%
Larry Kissell 86%
Herb Kohl 27%
Dennis Kucinich 57%
Jon Kyl 91%
Steve LaTourette 86%
Frank Lautenberg 18%
Chris Lee 86%
Jerry Lewis 86%
Joe Lieberman 30%
Dick Lugar 100%
Dan Lungren 86%
Connie Mack IV 71%
Don Manzullo 71%
Robert Matsui 29%
Thaddeus McCotter 86%
Brad Miller 29%
Frank Murkowski 100%
Sue Myrick 71%
Ben Nelson 73%
John Olver 29%
Major Owens 40%
Ron Paul 71%
Donald Payne 43%
Todd Platts 86%
David Pryor 73%
Denny Rehberg 86%
Silvestre Reyes 29%
Laura Richardson 29%
Mike Ross 86%
Steve Rothman 33%
Jean Schmidt 71%
Heath Shuler 71%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Pete Stark 33%
Cliff Stearns 86%
John Sullivan 83%
Betty Sutton 29%
Elinor Taylor 86%
Ed Towns 29%
Mel Watt 43%
Jim Webb, Jr. 45%
Anthony Weiner 29%
Lynn Woolsey 29%
David Wu 29%
Bill Young 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 29%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 29%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 45%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 45%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 29%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 29%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 18%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 29%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 29%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 29%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 9%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 43%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 27%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 29%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 9%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 18%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 43%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 29%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 29%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 29%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 29%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 29%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 43%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 29%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 29%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 29%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 43%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 29%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 29%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 29%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 17%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 29%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 27%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 20%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 18%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 29%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 29%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 29%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 30%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 40%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 29%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 29%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 29%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 29%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 29%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 29%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 18%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 29%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 9%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 29%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 55%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 29%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 29%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 29%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 18%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 29%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 29%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 43%
IA U.S. House 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 29%
NM U.S. House 3 Ben Lujan, Jr. Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 29%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 0%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 29%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 43%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 20%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 29%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 29%

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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