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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 39%
Gary Ackerman 35%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 87%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Todd Akin 91%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 30%
Rob Andrews 41%
Richard Armey 100%
Joe Baca, Sr. 48%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 95%
Brian Baird 41%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 26%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 30%
Cass Ballenger 95%
James Barcia 43%
Bob Barr, Jr. 87%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 35%
Roscoe Bartlett 78%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 91%
Charlie Bass 91%
Max Baucus 71%
Evan Bayh 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 40%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 52%
Douglas Bereuter 91%
Shelley Berkley 43%
Howard Berman 36%
Marion Berry 43%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 38%
Judy Biggert 100%
Michael Bilirakis 91%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 65%
Rod Blagojevich 35%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 30%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 95%
Sherwood Boehlert 83%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 100%
Kit Bond 93%
Henry Bonilla 96%
David Edward Bonior 27%
Mary Bono Mack 100%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 100%
Robert Borski, Jr. 35%
Leonard Boswell 48%
Rick Boucher 57%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 42%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 52%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 43%
John Breaux 71%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 43%
Henry Brown, Jr. 96%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 22%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 93%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 93%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 96%
Dan Burton 87%
Steve Buyer 96%
Robert Byrd 21%
Herbert Callahan 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 85%
Chris Cannon 100%
Eric Cantor 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 87%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 43%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 32%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 35%
Jean Carnahan 57%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 58%
Brad Carson 70%
Julia Carson 35%
Mike Castle 83%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 87%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 64%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 95%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 35%
Eva Clayton 35%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 64%
Robert Clement 64%
Hillary Clinton 43%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 61%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 87%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 86%
Michael Collins 91%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 79%
Larry Combest 96%
Gary Condit 48%
Kent Conrad 50%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 23%
John Cooksey 100%
Jon Corzine 36%
Jerry Costello 48%
Christopher Cox 91%
William Coyne 32%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 82%
Philip Crane 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 43%
Barbara Cubin 93%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 96%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 27%
Randall Cunningham 96%
Thomas Daschle 43%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 35%
James Davis 48%
Jo Ann Davis 83%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 48%
Thomas Davis III 90%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 90%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 25%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 39%
Bill Delahunt 26%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 35%
Thomas DeLay 100%
James DeMint 96%
Peter Deutsch 43%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 79%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 86%
Norm Dicks 50%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 41%
Chris Dodd 36%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 35%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 77%
John Doolittle 91%
Byron Dorgan 50%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 43%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 70%
Jennifer Dunn 95%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 31%
John Edwards 50%
Chet Edwards 57%
Vern Ehlers 91%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 91%
Jo Ann Emerson 91%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 32%
Philip English 95%
John Ensign 93%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 39%
Bob Etheridge 57%
Lane Evans 27%
Terry Everett 87%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 43%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 27%
Russ Feingold 29%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 71%
Michael Ferguson 87%
Bob Filner 22%
Peter Fitzgerald 71%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 74%
Ernest Fletcher 100%
Mark Foley 91%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 94%
Harold Ford, Jr. 55%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Barney Frank 22%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 91%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 50%
Elton Gallegly 100%
John Ganske 86%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 30%
Jim Gibbons 96%
Wayne Gilchrest 87%
Paul Gillmor 96%
Benjamin Gilman 59%
Charlie Gonzalez 43%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 83%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 91%
Bart Gordon 65%
Porter Goss 100%
Daniel Graham 36%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 78%
William Phillip Gramm 92%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 100%
Mark Green 96%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 43%
James Greenwood 91%
Judd Gregg 100%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 91%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 35%
Gilbert Gutknecht 83%

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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