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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ike Skelton 38%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 7%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 36%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 93%
Gordon Smith 88%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
Nick Smith 100%
Olympia Snowe 75%
Vic Snyder 14%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 0%
Mark Souder 100%
Arlen Specter 75%
John Spratt, Jr. 14%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 25%
Pete Stark 14%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Charles Stenholm 43%
Ted Stevens 88%
Ted Strickland 7%
Bart Stupak 8%
John Sullivan 100%
John Sununu 100%
John Sweeney 100%
Tom Tancredo 100%
John Tanner 36%
Ellen Tauscher 21%
William Tauzin II 100%
Charles Taylor 100%
Gene Taylor 29%
Lee Terry 86%
Craig Thomas 100%
William Thomas 93%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 31%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 100%
John Tierney 7%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 100%
Ed Towns 15%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 8%
James Turner 29%
Mark Udall 7%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 7%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 7%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 8%
David Vitter 100%
George Voinovich 88%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 100%
James Walsh 100%
Zach Wamp 100%
John Warner 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 15%
Diane Watson 14%
Mel Watt 7%
Henry Waxman 8%
Anthony Weiner 7%
David Weldon 100%
W. Curtis Weldon 93%
Gerald Weller 100%
Robert Wexler 7%
Ed Whitfield 100%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 93%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 80%
Heather Wilson 100%
Frank Wolf 100%
Lynn Woolsey 7%
David Wu 7%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 38%
Albert Wynn 15%
Bill Young 100%
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 100%

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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