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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

2002 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
Ike Skelton 67%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 63%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 22%
Gordon Smith 38%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 13%
Nick Smith 22%
Olympia Snowe 31%
Vic Snyder 67%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 11%
Arlen Specter 46%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 22%
Charles Stenholm 50%
Ted Stevens 23%
Ted Strickland 89%
Bart Stupak 100%
John Sullivan 13%
John Sununu 13%
John Sweeney 11%
Tom Tancredo 11%
John Tanner 67%
Ellen Tauscher 78%
William Tauzin II 11%
Charles Taylor 14%
Gene Taylor 67%
Lee Terry 11%
Craig Thomas 15%
William Thomas 0%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
Todd Tiahrt 11%
Pat Tiberi 11%
John Tierney 100%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 13%
Ed Towns 100%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
James Turner 78%
Mark Udall 89%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 11%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 89%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
David Vitter 11%
George Voinovich 33%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 11%
James Walsh 22%
Zach Wamp 0%
John Warner 31%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 88%
Henry Waxman 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 11%
W. Curtis Weldon 25%
Gerald Weller 11%
Robert Wexler 100%
Ed Whitfield 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 11%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 22%
Heather Wilson 11%
Frank Wolf 11%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 89%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
Albert Wynn 100%
Bill Young 13%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 13%

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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