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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
Bill Barrett 100%
Herbert Bateman 100%
Bob Bennett 100%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 100%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 100%
Ed Bryant 100%
Steve Buyer 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
John Chafee 100%
Jon Lynn Christensen 100%
Larry Combest 100%
John Cooksey 100%
Larry Craig 100%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Thomas Davis III 100%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
David Dreier 100%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
Mark Foley 100%
William Frist 100%
Elton Gallegly 100%
George Gekas 100%
Newt Gingrich 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
Slade Gorton 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
Judd Gregg 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Kay Hutchison 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
William Lewis Jenkins 100%
Christopher John 100%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 100%
Dirk Kempthorne 100%
Jay Kim 100%
Joseph Knollenberg 100%
James Kolbe 100%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 100%
James Leach 100%
John Linder 100%
Robert Livingston 100%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
James McCrery III 100%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
Dan Miller 100%
Frank Murkowski 100%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 100%
Don Nickles 100%
Anne Northup 100%
James Nussle 100%
Michael Oxley 100%
Ronald Packard 100%
John Peterson 100%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
Deborah Pryce 100%
Bill Redmond 100%
Frank Riggs 100%
William Roth, Jr. 100%
Jim Ryun 100%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 100%
Joseph Skeen 100%
Gordon Smith 100%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
Robert Smith 100%
Vincent Snowbarger 100%
John Sununu 100%
William Tauzin 100%
Charles Taylor 100%
William Thomas 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
John Warner 100%
Rick White 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
Bill Young 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 90%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 90%
Roscoe Bartlett 90%
Charlie Bass 90%
Douglas Bereuter 90%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
Henry Bonilla 90%
Sonny Bono 90%
Jim Bunning 90%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 90%
Herbert Callahan 90%
Chris Cannon 90%
Mike Castle 90%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 90%
Paul Coverdell 90%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 90%
Calvin Dooley 90%
Vern Ehlers 90%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 90%
Jo Ann Emerson 90%
Harris Fawell 90%
Tillie Fowler 90%
Jon David Fox 90%
Robert Franks 90%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 90%
Wayne Gilchrest 90%
William Goodling 90%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
James Greenwood 90%
James Hansen 90%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 90%
Wally Herger, Jr. 90%
Van Hilleary 90%
David Lee Hobson 90%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 90%
Kenny Hulshof 90%
Asa Hutchinson 90%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 90%
Stephen Largent 90%
Steve LaTourette 90%
Trent Lott, Sr. 90%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 90%
Dick Lugar 90%
Don Manzullo 90%
Bill McCollum 90%
Scott McInnis 90%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 90%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 90%
Constance Morella 90%
Sue Myrick 90%
Mark Neumann 90%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 90%
Mike Parker 90%
William Paxon 90%
Edward Pease 90%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 90%
John Edward Porter 90%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 90%
James Ramstad 90%
Ralph Regula 90%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 90%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 90%
Rick Santorum 90%
Daniel Schaefer 90%
Robert Schaffer 90%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 90%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 90%
E.G. Shuster 90%
Nick Smith 90%
Floyd Spence 90%
Charles Stenholm 90%
Bob Stump 90%
Craig Thomas 90%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 90%
Todd Tiahrt 90%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 90%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 90%
Paul Gillmor 89%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 89%
Wesley Watkins 89%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 89%
W. Curtis Weldon 89%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 88%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
Wayne Allard 80%
Robert Barr, Jr. 80%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
Dan Burton 80%
Thomas Campbell 80%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 80%
Michael Collins 80%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80%
Merrill Cook 80%
Robert Cramer 80%
Philip Crane 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 80%
Jay Dickey 80%
John Doolittle 80%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 80%
John Ensign 80%
Terry Everett 80%
Thomas Ewing 80%

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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