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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

2003-2004 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. House 2 Bill Huizenga Republican 95%
MI State Senate 3 Morris Hood III Democratic 16%
MI State Senate 4 Virgil Smith, Jr. Democratic 22%
MI State Senate 5 Tupac Hunter Democratic 33%
MI State Senate 6 Glenn Anderson Democratic 24%
MI State Senate 8 Hoon-Yung Hopgood Democratic 19%
MI State Senate 9 Steven Bieda Democratic 29%
MI State Senate 11 Jack Brandenburg Republican 85%
MI State Senate 13 John Pappageorge Republican 94%
MI State Senate 16 Bruce Caswell Republican 86%
MI State Senate 17 Randy Richardville Republican 86%
MI State Senate 19 Michael Nofs Republican 81%
MI State Senate 22 Joe Hune Republican 81%
MI State Senate 23 Gretchen Whitmer Democratic 16%
MI State Senate 26 Dave Robertson Republican 90%
MI State Senate 33 Judy Emmons Republican 90%
MI State Senate 36 John Moolenaar Republican 100%
MI State Senate 37 Howard Walker Republican 90%
MI State Senate 38 Tom Casperson Republican 90%
MI Secretary of State Ruth Johnson Republican 83%
MI Mayor At-Large Paula Zelenko 25%
MI Supervisor At-Large Philip LaJoy Republican 100%
MI Trustee At-Large Paul Gieleghem Democratic 25%
MI Council Member At-Large John Pastor Republican 81%
MI Council Member At-Large Laura M. Toy 86%
MI Commissioner 2 Brenda Clack Democratic 19%
MI Commissioner 3 Martha Scott Democratic 22%
MI Commissioner 3 Rick Shaffer Republican 90%
MI Commissioner 5 Irma Clark-Coleman Democratic 21%
MI Commissioner 6 Burton Leland 24%
MI Commissioner 8 Neal Nitz Republican 90%
MI Commissioner 12 Shelley Taub Republican 95%
MI Commissioner 14 Raymond Basham Democratic 21%
Frank Accavitti, Jr. 24%
Daniel Acciavatti 90%
Stephen Adamini 30%
Jason Allen 95%
Fran Amos 95%
James Barcia 47%
Virg Bernero 33%
Patricia Birkholz 95%
Clark Bisbee 89%
Michael Bishop 95%
Ken Bradstreet 80%
Elizabeth Brater 21%
Cameron Brown 89%
Rich Brown 45%
Dianne Byrum 24%
Nancy Cassis 95%
Sandra Caul 76%
Marsha Cheeks 16%
Deborah Cherry 32%
Hansen Clarke 21%
Paul Condino 24%
Alan Cropsey 89%
Kenneth Daniels 7%
Julie Dennis 25%
Craig DeRoche 95%
Gene DeRossett 83%
Leon Drolet 76%
Stephen Ehardt 100%
Jennifer Elkins 40%
Robert Emerson 28%
David Farhat 95%
Barbara Farrah 24%
Edward Gaffney 81%
Valdemar Garcia 89%
John Garfield 90%
Tom George 68%
Judson Gilbert II 95%
Matthew Gillard 38%
John Gleason 29%
Michael Goschka 84%
Lauren Hager 85%
Beverly Hammerstrom 74%
Bill Hardiman 84%
Doug Hart 56%
Jack Hoogendyk, Jr. 86%
Jim Howell 86%
Scott Hummel 86%
Gilda Jacobs 32%
Ruth Ann Jamnick 25%
Ron Jelinek 84%
Rick Johnson 81%
R. Shirley Johnson 81%
Larry Julian 81%
James Koetje 95%
Chris Kolb 20%
Jerry O. Kooiman 81%
Wayne Kuipers 74%
Charles LaSata 67%
Kathleen Law 33%
Alexander Lipsey 19%
Bill McConico 22%
Michelle McManus 100%
Andy Meisner 19%
Tom Meyer 95%
Mary Ann Middaugh 89%
Matthew Milosch 90%
Jack Minore 20%
Mickey Mortimer 100%
Michael Murphy 25%
Gary Newell 90%
Dennis Olshove 32%
William O'Neil 33%
Daniel Paletko 27%
Brian Palmer 95%
David Palsrok 95%
Bruce Patterson 89%
Clarence Phillips 21%
Jim Plakas 20%
Michael Prusi 26%
Mike Pumford 48%
Triette Reeves 18%
Joseph Rivet 35%
Sal Rocca 81%
Michael Sak 29%
Alan Sanborn 95%
Mark Schauer 26%
Scott Shackleton 79%
Fulton Sheen 90%
Dale Sheltrown 20%
Marc Shulman 90%
Kenneth Sikkema 79%
Doug Spade 38%
John Stahl 90%
John Stakoe 86%
Alma Stallworth 19%
Tony Stamas 89%
Glenn Steil, Jr. 95%
John Stewart 70%
Mickey Switalski 26%
Susan Tabor 86%
Samuel Thomas III 26%
Steven Tobocman 29%
Aldo Vagnozzi 33%
Barb Vander Veen 89%
William VanRegenmorter 89%
Gerald Van Woerkom 79%
Joanne Voorhees 86%
Christopher Ward 95%
Mary Waters 19%
Lorence Wenke 90%
Carl Williams 29%
Lisa Wojno 24%
David Woodward 33%
Gary Woronchak 60%

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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