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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
ID State Senate 2 Steve Vick Republican 8%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 73%
MT State House 3 Jerry O'Neil Republican 18%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 8%
MT State Senate 5 Verdell Jackson Republican 18%
MT State Senate 9 Rick Ripley Republican 0%
MT State Senate 17 Greg Jergeson Democratic 91%
MT State Senate 23 Alan Olson Republican 8%
MT State Senate 32 Larry Jent Democratic 83%
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 0%
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 64%
MT State Senate 41 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 42 Dave Lewis Republican 25%
MT State Senate 45 Fred Thomas Republican 9%
MT State Senate 48 Tom Facey Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 49 David Wanzenried Democratic 100%
MT Auditor Monica Lindeen Democratic 67%
Darrel Adams 17%
Joan Andersen 0%
Keith Bales 0%
Joe Balyeat 8%
Tom Beck 9%
Dorothy Berry 9%
Al Bishop 64%
Rodney Bitney 0%
Norma Bixby 92%
John Bohlinger 50%
Sylvia Bookout-Reinicke 8%
Gary Branae 83%
Roy Brown 17%
John Brueggeman 0%
Edward Butcher 9%
Rosalie Buzzas 92%
Terrence Callahan 75%
Eileen Carney 100%
B. F. Christiaens 91%
Gilda Clancy 0%
Edith Clark 0%
Paul Clark 83%
John Cobb 50%
Vicki Cocchiarella 70%
Mack Cole 9%
William Crismore 0%
Aubyn Curtiss 8%
Larry Cyr 91%
Richard Dale 0%
Bob Davies 8%
Thomas Dell 58%
Robert DePratu 9%
Ronald Devlin 0%
Steve Doherty 100%
Bill Eggers 100%
E. P. Ekegren 18%
Jon Ellingson 100%
Jim Elliott 100%
Alvin Ellis, Jr. 9%
Ron Erickson 100%
John Esp 17%
Stanley Fisher 17%
Gary Forrester 42%
Eve Franklin 100%
Nancy Rice Fritz 92%
Daniel Clint Fuchs 8%
David Gallik 100%
Steven Gallus 75%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 92%
Kim Gillan 83%
William Glaser 9%
George Golie 92%
Duane Grimes 9%
Lorents Grosfield 0%
Gail Gutsche 100%
Richard Haines 8%
Mike Halligan 91%
Don Hargrove 13%
Dan Harrington 82%
Christopher Kirk Harris 92%
Donald Hedges 0%
Dennis Himmelberger 8%
Linda Holden 8%
Ric Holden 0%
Joan Hurdle 92%
Hal Jacobson 100%
Joey Jayne 100%
Royal Johnson 45%
Carol Juneau 100%
Dave Kasten 0%
Bob Keenan 27%
Sam Kitzenberg 27%
Richard Laible 0%
Jesse Laslovich 75%
Jeff Laszloffy 8%
Bob Lawson 25%
Michelle Lee 83%
Larry Lehman 0%
Ralph Lenhart 50%
Dale Mahlum 36%
Jeff Mangan 67%
Gay Ann Masolo 8%
Gary Matthews 25%
Matt McCann 50%
Bea McCarthy 73%
Daniel McGee 0%
Joe McKenney 17%
Walter McNutt 0%
Ken Miller 9%
Arnie Mohl 9%
Doug Mood 8%
John Musgrove 58%
Linda Nelson 55%
Brad Newman 92%
Mark Noennig 25%
Jeffrey Pattison 0%
Gerald Pease 91%
Arthur Peterson 8%
Kenneth Peterson 17%
William Price 8%
Holly Raser 100%
Diane Rice 0%
N. Allen Rome 17%
Glenn Roush 55%
Don Ryan 100%
Trudi Schmidt 92%
Clarice Schrumpf 25%
Jim Shockley 17%
Elaine Sliter 8%
Frank Smith 58%
Roger Somerville 10%
Mike Sprague 9%
Corey Stapleton 9%
Donald Steinbeisser 0%
Emily Stonington 90%
Robert Story, Jr. 0%
Bill Tash 0%
Mike Taylor 9%
William Thomas 0%
Kenneth Toole, Jr. 100%
Brett Tramelli 83%
Joseph Tropila 58%
Durward Waddill 83%
Karl Waitschies 0%
Allan Walters 0%
Mignon Waterman 73%
Jack Wells 18%
James Whitaker 8%
John Witt 0%
Merlin Wolery 17%
Cindy Younkin 17%
Tom Zook 0%

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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