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Rating Group: American Benefits Council

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 20%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
Todd Akin 60%
Thomas Allen 20%
Rob Andrews 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 40%
Brian Baird 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 60%
Charlie Bass 40%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Shelley Berkley 20%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 0%
Judy Biggert 60%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 60%
Henry Bonilla 60%
Mary Bono Mack 60%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 60%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Rick Boucher 20%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 40%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 20%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
Chris Cannon 60%
Eric Cantor 60%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
Julia Carson 0%
Mike Castle 40%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
Jerry Costello 20%
Christopher Cox 40%
Robert Cramer 40%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 60%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
Barbara Cubin 60%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 60%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
Randall Cunningham 20%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
James Davis 40%
Jo Ann Davis 40%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 20%
Thomas Davis III 60%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 60%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 20%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
Thomas DeLay 60%
James DeMint 60%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
John Doolittle 60%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 20%
David Dreier 60%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 60%
Chet Edwards 20%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Jo Ann Emerson 60%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 20%
Philip English 60%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 20%
Bob Etheridge 20%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Michael Ferguson 40%
Bob Filner 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 60%
Mark Foley 40%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 40%
Harold Ford, Jr. 0%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 40%
Barney Frank 0%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
Elton Gallegly 60%
Jim Gibbons 60%
Wayne Gilchrest 40%
Paul Gillmor 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 20%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 40%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
Bart Gordon 20%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 60%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 60%
Mark Green 60%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 40%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 40%
Jane Harman 20%
Melissa Hart 60%
J. Dennis Hastert 33%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 60%
Robert Hayes 40%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 60%
Joel Hefley 40%
Wally Herger, Jr. 60%
Maurice Hinchey 0%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 0%
David Lee Hobson 40%
Pete Hoekstra 40%
Thomas Holden 20%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 20%
Darlene Hooley 20%
John Nathan Hostettler 60%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20%
Kenny Hulshof 60%
Duncan Hunter 40%
Henry Hyde 60%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 0%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 60%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 60%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 20%
William Jefferson 20%
William Lewis Jenkins 20%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
Nancy Johnson 60%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 60%
Tim Johnson 60%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 20%
Paul Kanjorski 20%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 0%
Ric Keller 40%
Sue Kelly 40%
Mark Kennedy 60%
Patrick Kennedy 20%
Dale Kildee 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 20%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 40%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 60%
Joseph Knollenberg 40%
James Kolbe 60%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
Ray LaHood 20%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 20%
Tom Lantos 0%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 20%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 20%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 40%
Steve LaTourette 40%
James Leach 40%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 0%
Jerry Lewis 40%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 0%
Ron Lewis 40%
John Linder 60%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 20%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 60%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 20%
Don Manzullo 20%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 20%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
James McCrery III 40%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 0%
John McHugh 40%

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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