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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Business-Industry Political Action Committee

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 15%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 76%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 95%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 81%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 10%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 5%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 93%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 95%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 10%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 91%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 5%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 90%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 98%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 19%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 4%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 10%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 9%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 71%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 10%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 4%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 89%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 91%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 98%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 91%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 2%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 5%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 5%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 91%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 91%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 89%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 14%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 5%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 20%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 93%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 95%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 19%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 2%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 19%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 14%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 86%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 91%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 91%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 96%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 2%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 89%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 7%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 2%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 7%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 98%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 5%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 68%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 89%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 35%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 4%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 98%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 5%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 2%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 2%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 85%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 9%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 93%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 93%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 2%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 11%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 93%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 87%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 4%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 10%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 7%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 10%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 89%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 7%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 100%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 36%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 63%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 60%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 9%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 11%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 76%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 65%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 10%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 5%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 4%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 5%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 93%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 98%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 2%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 9%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 2%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 5%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 24%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 96%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 76%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 7%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 91%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 2%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 4%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 98%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 15%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 4%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 96%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 16%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 80%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 98%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 7%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 11%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 9%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 84%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 83%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 9%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 96%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 4%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 95%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 95%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 2%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 81%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 91%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 10%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 7%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 9%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 95%
Gary Ackerman 4%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Wayne Allard 95%
Thomas Allen 4%
Rob Andrews 7%
Bill Archer 98%
Richard Armey 98%
John Ashcroft 95%
Henry Scott Baesler 38%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 98%
James Barcia 31%
Bob Barr, Jr. 96%
Bill Barrett 80%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
Charlie Bass 91%
Herbert Bateman 82%
Max Baucus 38%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 7%
Douglas Bereuter 82%
Howard Berman 7%
Marion Berry 33%
Brian Bilbray 89%
Michael Bilirakis 91%
Jeff Bingaman 21%
Rod Blagojevich 4%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 98%
Sherwood Boehlert 65%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 98%
David Edward Bonior 2%
Sonny Bono 93%
Robert Borski, Jr. 4%
Leonard Boswell 28%
Rick Boucher 7%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 37%
John Breaux 38%
George Brown, Jr. 9%
Richard Bryan 24%

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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