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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Iowa National Federation of Independent Business

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
IA State House 3 Daniel Huseman Republican 67%
IA State House 9 Helen Miller Democratic 33%
IA State House 19 Ralph Watts Republican 100%
IA State House 20 Clel Baudler Republican 83%
IA State House 24 Cecil Dolecheck Republican 67%
IA State House 31 Rick Olson Democratic 20%
IA State House 34 Bruce Hunter Democratic 20%
IA State House 41 Jo Oldson Democratic 17%
IA State House 45 Beth Wessel-Kroeschell Democratic 17%
IA State House 46 Lisa Heddens Democratic 17%
IA State House 54 Linda Upmeyer Republican 67%
IA State House 59 Bob Kressig Democratic 33%
IA State House 70 Todd Taylor Democratic 33%
IA State House 71 Mark Smith Democratic 33%
IA State House 74 Dave Jacoby Democratic 17%
IA State House 75 Dawn Pettengill Republican 33%
IA State House 81 Mary Gaskill Democratic 33%
IA State House 84 David Heaton Republican 50%
IA State House 85 Vicki Lensing Democratic 25%
IA State House 86 Mary Mascher Democratic 0%
IA State House 87 Dennis Cohoon Democratic 50%
IA State House 90 Cindy Winckler Democratic 40%
IA State Senate 18 Janet Petersen Democratic 33%
IA State Senate 25 Bill Dix Republican 100%
IA State Senate 33 Robert Hogg Democratic 33%
IA State Senate 45 Jim Lykam Democratic 50%
IA State Senate 50 Pam Jochum Democratic 50%
IA Supervisor At-Large Mark Kuhn Democratic 33%
IA Council Member At-Large Bill Schickel Republican 50%
IA State Board of Education Mike May Republican 67%
Dwayne Alons 83%
Richard Anderson 67%
Rich Arnold 83%
Paul Bell 50%
Deborah Berry 20%
Carmine Boal 67%
Polly Bukta 40%
Danny Carroll 67%
Royd Chambers 67%
Swati Dandekar 50%
Mark Davitt 33%
Betty De Boef 83%
Jack Drake 83%
George Eichhorn 100%
Jeffrey Elgin 67%
Ed Fallon, Jr. 50%
Romaine Foege 33%
Wayne Ford 33%
Mary Lou Freeman 67%
Marcella Frevert 50%
Charles Gipp 67%
Polly Granzow 50%
Sandy Greiner 100%
Clarence Hoffman 67%
Lance Horbach 83%
Geri Huser 67%
Joe Hutter 67%
Libby Jacobs 67%
G. Willard Jenkins 50%
Gerald Jones 50%
Jeff Kaufmann 67%
James Kurtenbach 100%
David Lalk 100%
Steven Lukan 50%
O. Gene Maddox 67%
Kevin McCarthy 50%
Dolores Mertz 50%
Pat Murphy 33%
Donovan Olson 33%
Steven Olson 83%
Kraig Paulsen 100%
Brian Quirk 50%
Scott Raecker 67%
Christopher Rants 67%
Daniel Rasmussen 100%
Henry Rayhons 67%
Michael Reasoner 50%
Nathan Reichert 50%
Rod Roberts 67%
Tom Sands 100%
Thomas Schueller 33%
Paul Shomshor, Jr. 50%
Donald Shoultz 50%
Chuck Soderberg 67%
Doug Struyk 50%
Kurt Swaim 50%
Rich Taylor 17%
Roger Thomas 50%
Dave Tjepkes 67%
Walt Tomenga 33%
Jodi Tymeson 83%
James Van Engelenhoven 100%
James Van Fossen 100%
Jim Van Fossen 50%
Roger Wendt 33%
John Whitaker 50%
Wesley Whitead 33%
Paul Wilderdyke 67%
Philip Wise 50%

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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