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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 83%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 86%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 100%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 92%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 15%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 8%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 100%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 15%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 92%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 54%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 8%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 86%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 43%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 23%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 83%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 23%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 15%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 15%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 23%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 38%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 92%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 77%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 23%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 38%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 15%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 77%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 38%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 23%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 18%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 77%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 17%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 8%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 8%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 86%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 15%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 38%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 29%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 23%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 10%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 15%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 43%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 43%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 38%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 38%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 100%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 31%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
Neil Abercrombie 15%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 15%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 43%
Wayne Allard 86%
Thomas Allen 15%
Rob Andrews 38%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 86%
Spencer Bachus 92%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 46%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 92%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 82%
Max Baucus 57%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 38%
Douglas Bereuter 77%
Howard Berman 15%
Marion Berry 54%
Joe Biden, Jr. 57%
Brian Bilbray 77%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 43%
Rod Blagojevich 31%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 92%
Sherwood Boehlert 46%
John Boehner 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 15%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 8%
Leonard Boswell 46%
Rick Boucher 15%
Barbara Boxer 43%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
Bob Brady 0%
John Breaux 57%
Corrine Brown 10%
George Brown, Jr. 8%
Sam Brownback 100%
Richard Bryan 57%
Ed Bryant 92%
Jim Bunning 100%
Conrad Burns 100%
Dan Burton 100%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 29%
Herbert Callahan 92%
Dave Camp 100%
Ben Campbell 100%
Thomas Campbell 70%
Chris Cannon 100%
Lois Capps 13%
Julia Carson 23%
Mike Castle 85%
John Chafee 86%
Saxby Chambliss 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 92%
William Clay, Sr. 0%
Eva Clayton 31%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 57%
Robert Clement 31%
Howard Coble 85%
Thomas Coburn 92%
Thad Cochran 86%
Michael Collins 100%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 70%
Kent Conrad 43%
John Conyers, Jr. 0%
Merrill Cook 100%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 33%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 92%
William Coyne 23%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 77%
Philip Crane 91%
Barbara Cubin 92%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 43%
James Davis 46%
Thomas Davis III 85%
Nathan Deal 100%
Bill Delahunt 0%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Peter Deutsch 15%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 77%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 38%
John Dingell 15%
Julian Dixon 8%
Chris Dodd 43%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 46%
John Doolittle 100%
Byron Dorgan 43%
David Dreier 83%
John Duncan, Jr. 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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