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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Benefits Council

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 40%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 40%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 60%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 20%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 40%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 60%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 20%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 40%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 60%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 20%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 40%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 60%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 60%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 40%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 60%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 0%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 40%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 60%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 20%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 40%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 60%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 20%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 60%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 20%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 40%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 20%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 20%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 0%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 60%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 60%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 0%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 60%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 60%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 40%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 40%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 40%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 20%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 60%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 40%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 60%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 40%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 40%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 20%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 60%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 20%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 60%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 20%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 40%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 60%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 40%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 40%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 0%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Todd Akin 60%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Brian Baird 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
Charlie Bass 40%
Shelley Berkley 20%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 0%
Judy Biggert 60%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Henry Bonilla 60%
Mary Bono Mack 60%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 20%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
Henry Brown, Jr. 40%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 20%
Chris Cannon 60%
Eric Cantor 60%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 40%
Jerry Costello 20%
Christopher Cox 40%
Robert Cramer 40%
Barbara Cubin 60%
Randall Cunningham 20%
James Davis 40%
Jo Ann Davis 40%
Thomas Davis III 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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