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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Business-Industry Political Action Committee

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 4%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 95%
Gary Ackerman 4%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Wayne Allard 95%
Thomas Allen 4%
Rob Andrews 7%
Bill Archer 98%
Richard Armey 98%
John Ashcroft 95%
Spencer Bachus 91%
Henry Scott Baesler 38%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 9%
Cass Ballenger 98%
James Barcia 31%
Bob Barr, Jr. 96%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett No Party Affiliation 7%
Bill Barrett 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 91%
Charlie Bass 91%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Max Baucus 38%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 7%
Douglas Bereuter 82%
Howard Berman 7%
Marion Berry 33%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15%
Brian Bilbray 89%
Michael Bilirakis 91%
Jeff Bingaman 21%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 35%
Rod Blagojevich 4%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 98%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 9%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 89%
Sherwood Boehlert 65%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 98%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 98%
David Edward Bonior 2%
Sonny Bono 93%
Robert Borski, Jr. 4%
Leonard Boswell 28%
Rick Boucher 7%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 37%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 98%
John Breaux 38%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
George Brown, Jr. 9%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 95%
Richard Bryan 24%
Ed Bryant 96%
Dale Bumpers 14%
Jim Bunning 93%
Conrad Burns 91%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
Dan Burton 89%
Steve Buyer 98%
Robert Byrd 33%
Herbert Callahan 93%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 96%
Dave Camp 93%
Ben Campbell 86%
Thomas Campbell 74%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 91%
Chris Cannon 98%
Walter Holden Capps 7%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 9%
Julia Carson 2%
Mike Castle 61%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 93%
John Chafee 71%
Saxby Chambliss 93%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 91%
Jon Lynn Christensen 91%
William Clay, Sr. 2%
Eva Clayton 2%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 19%
Robert Clement 19%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 7%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 90%
Howard Coble 100%
Thomas Coburn 89%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 91%
Michael Collins 93%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 71%
Larry Combest 98%
Gary Condit 42%
Kent Conrad 5%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 7%
Merrill Cook 93%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 2%
Paul Coverdell 100%
Christopher Cox 91%
William Coyne 2%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 37%
Philip Crane 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 91%
Barbara Cubin 95%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
Randall Cunningham 96%
Alfonse D'Amato 62%
Patsy Ann Danner 33%
Thomas Daschle 24%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 2%
James Davis 7%
Thomas Davis III 83%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 2%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 7%
Bill Delahunt 2%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 2%
Thomas DeLay 98%
Ronald Dellums 2%
Peter Deutsch 11%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 81%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Jay Dickey 93%
Norm Dicks 11%
John Dingell 10%
Julian Dixon 7%
Chris Dodd 14%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 31%
John Doolittle 91%
Byron Dorgan 10%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 24%
David Dreier 96%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 91%
Jennifer Dunn 98%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 5%
Chet Edwards 26%
Vern Ehlers 78%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 93%
Jo Ann Emerson 93%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 2%
Philip English 58%
John Ensign 84%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 7%
Bob Etheridge 9%
Lane Evans 2%
Terry Everett 96%
Thomas Ewing 78%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 81%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 7%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 5%
Harris Fawell 67%
Victor Fazio 9%
Russ Feingold 10%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 10%
Bob Filner 7%
Thomas Foglietta 2%
Mark Foley 81%
Michael Patrick Forbes 51%
Harold Ford, Jr. 9%
Wendell Ford 14%
Tillie Fowler 91%
Jon David Fox 61%
Barney Frank 2%
Robert Franks 61%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 76%
William Frist 90%
Jonas Frost III 13%
Elizabeth Furse 5%
Elton Gallegly 98%
John Ganske 83%
Sam Gejdenson 4%
George Gekas 89%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 5%
Jim Gibbons 86%
Wayne Gilchrest 72%
Paul Gillmor 87%
Benjamin Gilman 43%
Newt Gingrich 82%
John Glenn 15%
Henry Gonzalez 5%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 76%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
William Goodling 87%
Bart Gordon 28%
Slade Gorton 95%
Porter Goss 89%
Daniel Graham 24%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
William Phillip Gramm 95%
Rodney Grams 95%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 98%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%

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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