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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Benefits Council

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
Todd Akin 60%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 60%
Judy Biggert 60%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
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%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 60%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 60%
Chris Cannon 60%
Eric Cantor 60%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 60%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 60%
Barbara Cubin 60%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 60%
Thomas Davis III 60%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 60%
Thomas DeLay 60%
James DeMint 60%
John Doolittle 60%
David Dreier 60%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 60%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Jo Ann Emerson 60%
Philip English 60%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 60%
Elton Gallegly 60%
Jim Gibbons 60%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 60%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 60%
Mark Green 60%
Melissa Hart 60%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 60%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 60%
Wally Herger, Jr. 60%
John Nathan Hostettler 60%
Kenny Hulshof 60%
Henry Hyde 60%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 60%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 60%
Nancy Johnson 60%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 60%
Tim Johnson 60%
Mark Kennedy 60%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 60%
James Kolbe 60%
John Linder 60%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 60%
FL U.S. House 1 Jeff Miller Republican 60%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 60%
Sue Myrick 60%
Thomas William Osborne 60%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 60%
Michael Oxley 60%
Ron Paul 60%
Richard Pombo 60%
Earl Pomeroy 60%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 60%
James Ramstad 60%
Denny Rehberg 60%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 60%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 60%
Christopher Shays 60%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 60%
William Thomas 60%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 60%
Todd Tiahrt 60%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 60%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 60%
Zach Wamp 60%
David Weldon 60%
Gerald Weller 60%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 60%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 60%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 60%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 40%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
Charlie Bass 40%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
Leonard Boswell 40%
Henry Brown, Jr. 40%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 40%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
Mike Castle 40%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 40%
Christopher Cox 40%
Robert Cramer 40%
James Davis 40%
Jo Ann Davis 40%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 40%
Terry Everett 40%
Michael Ferguson 40%
Mark Foley 40%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 40%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 40%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 40%
Wayne Gilchrest 40%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 40%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
Gilbert Gutknecht 40%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 40%
Robert Hayes 40%
Joel Hefley 40%
David Lee Hobson 40%
Pete Hoekstra 40%
Duncan Hunter 40%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 40%
Ric Keller 40%
Sue Kelly 40%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 40%
Joseph Knollenberg 40%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 40%
Steve LaTourette 40%
James Leach 40%
Jerry Lewis 40%
Ron Lewis 40%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 40%
UT U.S. House 4 Jim Matheson Democratic 40%
James McCrery III 40%
John McHugh 40%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 40%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 40%
Dennis Moore 40%
Robert William Ney 40%
Anne Northup 40%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 40%
James Nussle 40%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 40%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
John Peterson 40%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 40%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 40%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 40%
Todd Platts 40%
Ralph Regula 40%
Thomas Reynolds 40%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 40%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 40%
Mike Ross 40%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 40%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 40%
Jim Ryun 40%
Jim Saxton 40%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 40%
John Shadegg 40%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 40%
Donald Sherwood 40%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 40%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 40%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 40%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 40%
Vic Snyder 40%
Mark Souder 40%
Cliff Stearns 40%
John Sullivan 40%
John Sununu 40%
John Sweeney 40%
Tom Tancredo 40%
John Tanner 40%
Charles Taylor 40%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 40%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 40%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 40%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 40%
W. Curtis Weldon 40%
Heather Wilson 40%
Bill Young 40%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 40%
J. Dennis Hastert 33%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 20%
Thomas Allen 20%
Brian Baird 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
Shelley Berkley 20%
Michael Bilirakis 20%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 20%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
Rick Boucher 20%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 20%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
Dan Burton 20%
Steve Buyer 20%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 20%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 20%
Jerry Costello 20%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 20%
Randall Cunningham 20%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 20%

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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