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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 30%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 90%
Gary Ackerman 33%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 60%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 33%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 70%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 90%
Henry Scott Baesler 70%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 60%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 80%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 40%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 90%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
Charlie Bass 90%
Herbert Bateman 100%
Max Baucus 70%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 30%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
Douglas Bereuter 90%
Howard Berman 33%
Marion Berry 60%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 70%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
Rod Blagojevich 40%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 40%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 90%
David Edward Bonior 40%
Sonny Bono 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 30%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Rick Boucher 40%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
John Breaux 70%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 44%
George Brown, Jr. 30%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 22%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Richard Bryan 70%
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 40%
Jim Bunning 90%
Conrad Burns 78%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 90%
Dan Burton 80%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 90%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 60%
Thomas Campbell 80%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
Chris Cannon 90%
Walter Holden Capps 50%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
Julia Carson 30%
Mike Castle 90%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
John Chafee 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 88%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 70%
Jon Lynn Christensen 100%
William Clay, Sr. 20%
Eva Clayton 40%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 80%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 30%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 78%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 90%
Michael Collins 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 30%
Merrill Cook 80%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 40%
Paul Coverdell 90%
Christopher Cox 75%
William Coyne 20%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 80%
Philip Crane 80%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
Barbara Cubin 71%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 30%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Alfonse D'Amato 70%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 60%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 10%
James Davis 60%
Thomas Davis III 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 22%
Bill Delahunt 20%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 30%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Ronald Dellums 20%
Peter Deutsch 60%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
Jay Dickey 80%
Norm Dicks 60%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 50%
Julian Dixon 30%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 40%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 90%
John Doolittle 80%
Byron Dorgan 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 70%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 40%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 90%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 90%
Jo Ann Emerson 90%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 30%
Philip English 70%
John Ensign 80%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 70%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 40%
Bob Etheridge 70%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 80%
Thomas Ewing 80%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 60%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 40%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
Harris Fawell 90%
Victor Fazio 60%
Russ Feingold 20%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Bob Filner 30%
Thomas Foglietta 40%
Mark Foley 100%
Michael Patrick Forbes 60%
Harold Ford, Jr. 60%
Wendell Ford 30%
Tillie Fowler 90%
Jon David Fox 90%
Barney Frank 30%
Robert Franks 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 90%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Elizabeth Furse 40%
Elton Gallegly 100%
John Ganske 70%
Sam Gejdenson 40%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 11%
Jim Gibbons 80%
Wayne Gilchrest 90%
Paul Gillmor 89%
Benjamin Gilman 60%
Newt Gingrich 100%
John Glenn 40%
Henry Gonzalez 33%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 80%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 90%
Bart Gordon 70%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 80%
Daniel Graham 80%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
William Phillip Gramm 80%
Rodney Grams 80%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 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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