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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 70%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 90%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 70%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 88%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 70%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 40%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 50%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 90%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 90%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 70%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 44%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 50%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 90%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 90%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 40%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 40%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 22%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 78%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 70%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 44%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 70%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 90%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 20%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 70%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 67%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 70%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 90%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 70%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 11%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 90%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 80%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 22%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 30%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 44%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 90%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 80%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 20%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 100%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 40%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 13%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 90%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 30%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 40%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 30%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 90%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 30%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 70%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 40%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 80%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 30%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 40%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 90%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 30%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 22%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 90%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 40%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 70%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 60%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 30%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 80%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 44%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 40%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 40%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 50%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 90%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 20%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 80%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 80%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 20%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 90%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 30%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 80%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 50%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 50%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 40%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 60%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 90%
Gary Ackerman 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 60%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 33%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 70%
Henry Scott Baesler 70%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 80%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 90%
Charlie Bass 90%
Herbert Bateman 100%
Max Baucus 70%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
Douglas Bereuter 90%
Howard Berman 33%
Marion Berry 60%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
Rod Blagojevich 40%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 90%
David Edward Bonior 40%
Sonny Bono 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 30%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Rick Boucher 40%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
John Breaux 70%
George Brown, Jr. 30%
Richard Bryan 70%

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.

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