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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Federation of Independent Business

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 29%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 18%
Todd Akin 100%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 91%
Rodney Alexander 86%
Jason Altmire 86%
Rob Andrews 29%
Steve Austria 86%
Joe Baca, Sr. 29%
Michele Bachmann 71%
Spencer Bachus 71%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 29%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 100%
John Barrow 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 86%
Max Baucus 36%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 29%
Mark Begich 45%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 45%
Shelley Berkley 29%
Howard Berman 29%
Judy Biggert 86%
Brian Bilbray 86%
Jeff Bingaman 18%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 71%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
Tim Bishop 29%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 71%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 29%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 100%
John Boehner 71%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 71%
Mary Bono Mack 71%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 86%
Dan Boren 100%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Charles Boustany, Jr. 86%
Barbara Boxer 18%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 71%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 29%
Bruce Braley 29%
Paul Broun 71%
Corrine Brown 29%
Scott Brown 100%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 9%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 83%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
Dan Burton 86%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 43%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 86%
Dave Camp 86%
John Campbell III 100%
Eric Cantor 71%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 27%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 86%
Lois Capps 29%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 29%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 9%
Dennis Cardoza 29%
Russ Carnahan 29%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 18%
Julia Carson 29%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 86%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 9%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 86%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 29%
Jason Chaffetz 83%
Saxby Chambliss 100%
Ben Chandler III 67%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 43%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 29%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 29%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 29%
Howard Coble 71%
Thomas Coburn 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 86%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 29%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 86%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 71%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 29%
Kent Conrad 27%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 29%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 43%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 100%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 43%
Jerry Costello 43%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 29%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
Ander Crenshaw 86%
Mark Critz 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 86%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 29%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 43%
Geoff Davis 83%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 29%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 43%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 29%
James DeMint 100%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 86%
FL U.S. House 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 50%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 86%
Norm Dicks 29%
John Dingell 29%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 29%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 29%
David Dreier 71%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 86%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
Donna Edwards 43%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic 29%
Jo Ann Emerson 86%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 29%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 29%
Sam Farr 17%
Chaka Fattah, Sr. 29%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 27%
Bob Filner 29%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 67%
John Fleming, Jr. 86%
Randy Forbes 86%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 86%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 71%
Barney Frank 29%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 71%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 86%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 43%
Elton Gallegly 86%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 20%
Scott Garrett 71%
Jim Gerlach 86%
Gabrielle Giffords 29%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 18%
Phil Gingrey 71%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 71%
Charlie Gonzalez 29%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 71%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 83%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 14 Tom Graves, Jr. Republican 50%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 29%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 29%
KY U.S. House 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 86%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutiérrez Democratic 29%
Kay Hagan 30%
Ralph Hall 86%
Tom Harkin 9%
Jane Harman 17%
MS U.S. House 3 Gregg Harper Republican 86%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 40%
Doc Hastings 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 29%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 71%
Wally Herger, Jr. 71%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 29%
CT U.S. House 4 Jim Himes Democratic 17%
Maurice Hinchey 29%
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. 29%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 29%
Thomas Holden 100%
Rush Holt, Jr. 29%
Mike Honda 29%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 29%
Duncan Hunter 86%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
Daniel Inouye 18%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 29%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 100%
Steve Israel 29%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 86%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 29%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 29%
KS U.S. House 2 Lynn Jenkins Republican 71%
Mike Johanns 100%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 29%
GA U.S. House 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 83%
Timothy Johnson 18%
Tim Johnson 86%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. 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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