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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 40%
Jim Bunning 90%
Conrad Burns 78%
Dan Burton 80%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 90%
Ben Campbell 60%
Thomas Campbell 80%
Chris Cannon 90%
Walter Holden Capps 50%
Julia Carson 30%
Mike Castle 90%
John Chafee 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 70%
Jon Lynn Christensen 100%
William Clay, Sr. 20%
Eva Clayton 40%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 80%
Michael Collins 80%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 50%
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%
Barbara Cubin 71%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Alfonse D'Amato 70%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 60%
James Davis 60%
Thomas Davis III 100%
Bill Delahunt 20%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Ronald Dellums 20%
Peter Deutsch 60%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
Jay Dickey 80%
Norm Dicks 60%
Julian Dixon 30%
Chris Dodd 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 90%
John Doolittle 80%
Byron Dorgan 50%
David Dreier 100%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
Chet Edwards 70%
Vern Ehlers 90%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 90%
Jo Ann Emerson 90%
Philip English 70%
John Ensign 80%
Bob Etheridge 70%
Lane Evans 20%
Terry Everett 80%
Thomas Ewing 80%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 60%
Harris Fawell 90%
Victor Fazio 60%
Russ Feingold 20%
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%
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%
William Goodling 90%
Bart Gordon 70%
Slade Gorton 100%
Porter Goss 80%
Daniel Graham 80%
William Phillip Gramm 80%
Rodney Grams 80%
James Greenwood 90%
Judd Gregg 100%
Gilbert Gutknecht 100%
Tony Hall 50%
Lee Hamilton 60%
James Hansen 90%
Jane Harman 80%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 90%
Joel Hefley 80%
W.G. Hefner 38%
Jesse Helms 70%
Wally Herger, Jr. 90%
Rick Hill 80%
Van Hilleary 90%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 44%
Maurice Hinchey 20%
David Lee Hobson 90%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Thomas Holden 70%
Ernest Hollings 20%
Darlene Hooley 50%
Stephen Horn 60%
John Nathan Hostettler 80%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 90%
Kenny Hulshof 90%
Duncan Hunter 80%
Asa Hutchinson 90%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 80%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 70%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 90%
Daniel Inouye 50%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 89%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 20%
William Jefferson 50%
James Merrill Jeffords 100%
William Lewis Jenkins 100%
Christopher John 100%
Jay Johnson 50%
Nancy Johnson 80%
Paul Kanjorski 40%
Sue Kelly 70%
Dirk Kempthorne 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 40%
Joseph Kennedy II 20%
Patrick Kennedy 20%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 60%
Bob Kerrey 60%
Dale Kildee 40%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 30%
Jay Kim 100%
Gerald Kleczka 50%
Ronald Klink 33%
Scott Klug 70%
Joseph Knollenberg 100%
Herb Kohl 80%
James Kolbe 100%
Dennis Kucinich 20%
Jon Kyl 70%
John LaFalce 40%
Ray LaHood 80%
Nicholas Lampson 50%
Tom Lantos 33%
Stephen Largent 90%
Steve LaTourette 90%
Frank Lautenberg 60%
Rick Lazio 80%
James Leach 100%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Ron Lewis 78%
Joe Lieberman 60%
John Linder 100%
William Lipinski 40%
Robert Livingston 100%
Trent Lott, Sr. 90%
Dick Lugar 90%
William Luther 60%
Connie Mack 80%
James Maloney 60%
Thomas Manton 44%
Don Manzullo 90%
Matthew Martinez 60%
Frank Mascara 50%
Robert Matsui 40%
Karen McCarthy 60%
Bill McCollum 90%
James McCrery III 100%
Joseph McDade 80%
Paul McHale 50%
John McHugh 80%
Scott McInnis 90%
David McIntosh 67%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 30%
Michael McNulty 30%
Martin Meehan 44%
Carrie Meek 40%

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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