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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Michigan Farm Bureau

1999-2002 State Senate Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 90%
MI Attorney General Bill Schuette Republican 100%
MI Commissioner 3 Martha Scott 66%
MI Commissioner 6 Burton Leland 80%
MI Commissioner 9 Dale Shugars Republican 100%
Loren Bennett 100%
Willis Bullard, Jr. 100%
Dianne Byrum 70%
John Cherry, Jr. 60%
Kenneth DeBeaussaert 70%
Dan DeGrow 90%
Christopher Dingell 90%
Mat Dunaskiss 100%
Robert Emerson 70%
Joanne Gregory Emmons 80%
Valdemar Garcia 100%
Harry Gast 100%
Michael Goschka 100%
Joel Gougeon 100%
Beverly Hammerstrom 100%
George Zaven Hart 90%
Philip Edward Hoffman 100%
R. Shirley Johnson 100%
Don Koivisto 70%
Thaddeus McCotter 100%
George McManus, Jr. 100%
Arthur Miller, Jr. 80%
Raymond Murphy 50%
Walter North 100%
Alan Sanborn 100%
Kenneth Sikkema 100%
Alma Smith 60%
Glenn Steil, Jr. 80%
Leon Stille 100%
William VanRegenmorter 90%
Jackie Vaughn III 40%
Joseph Young, Jr. 80%

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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