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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
GA U.S. House 3 Lynn Westmoreland Republican 71%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 71%
Ben Chandler III 67%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 67%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 67%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 57%
Dennis Kucinich 57%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 55%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 50%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 45%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 45%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 45%
Jim Webb, Jr. 45%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 43%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 43%
Jerry Costello 43%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 43%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 43%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 43%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 43%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 43%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 43%
Donald Payne 43%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 43%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 43%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 43%
Mel Watt 43%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 40%
Major Owens 40%
Max Baucus 36%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 36%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 36%
Steve Rothman 33%
Pete Stark 33%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 30%
Joe Lieberman 30%
Gary Ackerman 29%
Rob Andrews 29%
Joe Baca, Sr. 29%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 29%
Shelley Berkley 29%
Howard Berman 29%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 29%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 29%
Leonard Boswell 29%
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%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 29%
Dennis Cardoza 29%
Russ Carnahan 29%
Julia Carson 29%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 29%
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%
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%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 29%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 29%
Norm Dicks 29%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 29%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 29%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 29%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 29%
Bob Filner 29%
Barney Frank 29%
Gabrielle Giffords 29%
Charlie Gonzalez 29%
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%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 29%
Maurice Hinchey 29%
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%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 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%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 29%
Dale Kildee 29%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 29%
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%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 29%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 29%
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%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 29%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 29%
Robert Matsui 29%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 29%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 29%
Brad Miller 29%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 29%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 29%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 29%
John Olver 29%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 29%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 29%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House 14 Gary Peters Democratic 29%
ME U.S. House 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 29%
CO U.S. House 2 Jared Polis Democratic 29%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 29%
IL U.S. House 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 29%
Silvestre Reyes 29%
Laura Richardson 29%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 29%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 29%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 29%
MD U.S. House 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 29%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 29%
OR U.S. House 5 Kurt Schrader Democratic 29%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 29%
GA U.S. House 13 David Scott Democratic 29%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 29%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 29%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 29%
Betty Sutton 29%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 29%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 29%
Ed Towns 29%
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic 29%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 29%
MN U.S. House 1 Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 29%
Anthony Weiner 29%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 29%
Lynn Woolsey 29%
David Wu 29%
KY U.S. House 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 29%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 27%
Kent Conrad 27%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 27%
Herb Kohl 27%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 27%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 27%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 27%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 27%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 27%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 20%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 20%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 20%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 18%
Jeff Bingaman 18%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 18%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 18%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 18%
Daniel Inouye 18%

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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