NAM Congressional ratings released

The National Association of Manufacturers released its “vote ratings” of the 109th Congress today. The ratings, based on how each Member and Senator voted on 24 key “pro-growth, pro-manufacturing” issues, can be seen in full here.

Here’s how the Georgia delegation did:

Senate: Both Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson earned 100% ratings from NAM for their voting record, and were recipients of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.

House (listed alphabetically):

  • Jonhn Barrow (D): 42%
  • Sanford Bishop (D): 58%
  • Nathan Deal (R): 91%*
  • Phil Gingrey (R): 88%*
  • Jack Kingston (R): 100%**
  • John Lewis (D): 5%
  • John Linder (R): 96%*
  • Jim Marshall (D): 58%
  • Cynthia McKinney (D): 0%
  • Charlie Norwood (R): 86%*
  • Tom Price (R): 100%**
  • David Scott (D): 50%
  • Lynn Westmoreland (R): 96%*

* = Recipients of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence for earning a 70% or higher rating.
** = Members of “100% Club” within Legislative Excellence recipients

For what it’s worth, former Congressmen Max Burns and Mac Collins, running against John Barrow and Jim Marshall, respectively, each received 100% ratings during their last term in Congress.


  1. Mojo says:

    That’s it, I’m convinced. I mean, cause if it is good enough for big business then it is good enough for me.

  2. Looks like all the industrialists who own manufacturing companies in Districts 8 and 12 know who to vote for now. I’m sure this latest report is going to change quite a few minds.

  3. Fogle says:

    It’s not about big business or “industrialists”… this is about jobs and growth.

    Those – like Max Burns – who receive NAM awards have a proven record of working hard to create jobs and economic growth within their districts. And obviously, those – like Johnnie Athens – who receive a poor rating are hindering job growth and economic prosperity.

  4. Like just yesterday, a wealthy industrialist saved so much money on outsourcing jobs that he was able to hire an additional poolboy to clean the pool at his guest house. Job creation!

  5. Demonbeck says:

    Exactly chris, God damn those industrialists! How dare Gulfstream create an additional 2,100 jobs this year alone in the Savannah area! The last thing this state needs are more well-paid engineering positions.

    What is Kia thinking bringing a new plant to LaGrange? Don’t they know we don’t bow down to the man in this state? We don’t want to take those jobs from hard-working Koreans.

  6. Demonbeck says:

    I bet the Rev. Jim Nelson would have been rated highly by the NAM. He was in the NAM – stationed in “the shit.”

  7. Demon, I’m just poking some fun at interest group politics. However, if Marshall and Barrow are so much worse than Collins and Burns, why did Gulfstream and Kia decide to locate here during their reigns?

    I mean, you can see how this kind of stuff becomes pretty ridiculous. On the one hand, you’ll argue that Perdue’s got a great record. But Marshall and Perdue have been in office the exact same duration, so is Marshall’s record over the same period, based on the same thing happening, now bad?

    The whole point is that the number of voters in the 8th/12th district who will care about these ratings is probably equal to the number of people who contribute money or work for this group.

  8. Demonbeck says:

    Your last point is correct. I’ll give you that. However, the voters do know who supports business, because the local Chambers will tell them. That endorsement goes a lot further than some lobbying group in DC. Jim Marshall may be able to get away with the endorsement of a few Chambers in his district, but John Barrow will not be so lucky in the 12th.

  9. Fogle says:

    Exactly Demon! Jobs are crucial here in the 12th and Max Burns fought vigorously in the 108th to keep them here… which is why he had a perfect score for that Congress.

    But Barrow’s low score, even for a Freshman, shows yet again that he is utterly ineffective as a Congressman.

  10. RuralDem says:


    I saw that site earlier. I only skimmed through the Georgia Delegation. Seems the commonsense Democrats (Marshall, Bishop, Barrow, Scott) received good grades. Lewis and McKinney didn’t do well nor did most of the Republicans.

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