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Rating Group: National Farmers Union

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 46%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 53%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 57%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 73%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 27%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 73%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 85%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 47%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 86%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 80%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 53%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 53%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 69%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 60%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 53%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 33%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 47%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 75%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 87%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 33%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 93%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 53%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 87%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 47%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 27%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 33%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 60%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 73%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 27%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 71%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 20%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 27%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 53%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 79%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 31%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 53%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 87%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 67%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 53%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 73%
Neil Abercrombie 93%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 27%
Gary Ackerman 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Wayne Allard 33%
Rob Andrews 60%
Bill Archer 27%
Richard Armey 27%
John Ashcroft 27%
Spencer Bachus 47%
Henry Scott Baesler 93%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 40%
Cass Ballenger 47%
James Barcia 87%
Bob Barr, Jr. 27%
Bill Barrett 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 40%
Joe Barton 36%
Charlie Bass 27%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 43%
Max Baucus 87%
Bob Bennett 27%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 100%
Douglas Bereuter 33%
Howard Berman 67%
Joe Biden, Jr. 47%
Brian Bilbray 27%
Michael Bilirakis 33%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 47%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
John Boehner 50%
Kit Bond 27%
Henry Bonilla 53%
David Edward Bonior 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 73%
Rick Boucher 87%
Barbara Boxer 87%
John Breaux 73%
Corrine Brown 79%
George Brown, Jr. 100%
Sam Brownback 23%
Richard Bryan 67%
Ed Bryant 57%
Dale Bumpers 93%
Jim Bunning 53%
Conrad Burns 27%
Dan Burton 46%
Steve Buyer 33%
Robert Byrd 93%
Herbert Callahan 36%
Dave Camp 53%
Ben Campbell 29%
Thomas Campbell 27%
Mike Castle 40%
John Chafee 33%
Saxby Chambliss 53%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 43%
Jon Lynn Christensen 33%
William Clay, Sr. 71%
Eva Clayton 93%
Robert Clement 80%
Dan Coats 13%
Howard Coble 47%
Thomas Coburn 47%
Thad Cochran 29%
Michael Collins 33%
Larry Combest 53%
Gary Condit 80%
Kent Conrad 93%
John Conyers, Jr. 79%
Jerry Costello 93%
Paul Coverdell 27%
Christopher Cox 29%
William Coyne 67%
Larry Craig 27%
Robert Cramer 80%
Philip Crane 20%
Barbara Cubin 53%
Randall Cunningham 33%
Alfonse D'Amato 29%
Patsy Ann Danner 73%
Thomas Daschle 100%
Thomas Davis III 33%
Nathan Deal 40%
Thomas DeLay 33%
Peter Deutsch 67%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 43%
Jay Dickey 38%
Norm Dicks 83%
John Dingell 79%
Julian Dixon 86%
Chris Dodd 93%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 43%
Calvin Dooley 87%
John Doolittle 53%
Byron Dorgan 93%
David Dreier 33%
John Duncan, Jr. 33%
Jennifer Dunn 40%
Chet Edwards 87%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 27%
Philip English 33%
John Ensign 27%
Lane Evans 87%
Terry Everett 47%
Thomas Ewing 53%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 40%
Sam Farr 86%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 85%
Harris Fawell 33%
Victor Fazio 93%
Russ Feingold 73%
Bob Filner 93%
Mark Foley 47%
Michael Patrick Forbes 31%
Harold Ford, Sr. 83%
Wendell Ford 87%
Tillie Fowler 40%
Jon David Fox 43%
Barney Frank 67%
Robert Franks 33%
Rodney Frelinghuysen 33%
William Frist 20%
Jonas Frost III 87%
Elizabeth Furse 100%
John Ganske 47%
Sam Gejdenson 73%

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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