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Robert L. Cowles

Robert L. Cowles's Ratings and Endorsements

Full Name: Robert L. Cowles
Current Office: State Senate - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 04/1987
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2016

Business and Consumers

2013-2014 Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - Positions 92%
2013-2014 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 100
2011-2012 Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - Positions 88%
2011-2012 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 96%
2010 Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - Lifetime Score 83%
2010 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - Positions 73%
2009-2010 Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 100%
2009 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 90%
2007-2008 Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - Positions 89%
2007-2008 The Wisconsin Prosperity Project - Positions on Economic Growth and Jobs 90
2007-2008 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 85%
2007-2008 Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 83
2005-2006 Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 71
2005-2006 The Wisconsin Prosperity Project - Positions 90%
2005-2006 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 90%
2005-2006 Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
2003-2004 Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - Positions 87%
2003-2004 The Wisconsin Prosperity Project - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 90%
2001-2002 Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 80%
1999-2000 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce - Positions 75%
1999-2000 Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
1997-1998 Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 88%

Employment and Affirmative Action

2014 Wisconsin AFL-CIO - Lifetime Score 28%
2013-2014 Wisconsin AFL-CIO - Positions 0%

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