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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 42%
Gary Ackerman 37%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 39%
Todd Akin 89%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 100%
Rodney Alexander 93%
Wayne Allard 89%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 42%
Rob Andrews 42%
Joe Baca, Sr. 58%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 93%
Brian Baird 56%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 30%
J. Gresham Barrett 85%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 56%
Roscoe Bartlett 85%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 92%
Charlie Bass 85%
Max Baucus 71%
Evan Bayh 56%
Melissa Bean 73%
Bob Beauprez 93%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 37%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 54%
Howard Berman 41%
Marion Berry 63%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 44%
Judy Biggert 89%
Michael Bilirakis 89%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 81%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 74%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 41%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 89%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 37%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 93%
Sherwood Boehlert 78%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 88%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 89%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 89%
Mary Bono Mack 93%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 93%
Dan Boren 81%
Leonard Boswell 55%
Rick Boucher 59%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 89%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 24%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70%
NH State Senate 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 89%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 35%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 42%
Henry Brown, Jr. 93%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 33%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 89%
Ginny Brown-Waite 88%
Jim Bunning 94%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 88%
Conrad Burns 94%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 94%
Dan Burton 92%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 56%
Steve Buyer 93%
Robert Byrd 44%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 93%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 50%
Chris Cannon 93%
Eric Cantor 93%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 56%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 85%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 32%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 37%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 41%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 72%
Julia Carson 40%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 89%
Edward Case 48%
Mike Castle 78%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 89%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 67%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 94%
Ben Chandler III 52%
Chris Chocola 93%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 44%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 48%
Hillary Clinton 35%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 48%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 78%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 89%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 96%
Norm Coleman 88%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 93%
Kent Conrad 69%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 35%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 59%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 89%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 70%
Jerry Costello 52%
Larry Craig 89%
Robert Cramer 81%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 94%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 89%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 44%
Barbara Cubin 88%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 41%
Artur Davis 70%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 41%
Geoff Davis 93%
James Davis 50%
Jo Ann Davis 78%
Lincoln Davis 78%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 41%
Thomas Davis III 85%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 29%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 89%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 37%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 37%
Bill Delahunt 35%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 37%
Thomas DeLay 88%
James DeMint 89%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 89%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 83%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 89%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 96%
Norm Dicks 52%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 52%
Chris Dodd 39%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 38%
Elizabeth Dole 94%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 94%
John Doolittle 85%
Byron Dorgan 33%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 44%
Thelma Drake 93%
David Dreier 93%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 81%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 28%
Chet Edwards 74%
Vern Ehlers 85%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 48%
Jo Ann Emerson 89%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 41%
Philip English 93%
John Ensign 88%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 78%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 38%
Bob Etheridge 52%
Lane Evans 37%
Terry Everett 85%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 42%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 40%
Tom Feeney 81%
Russ Feingold 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Michael Ferguson 89%
Bob Filner 37%
PA U.S. House 8 Mike Fitzpatrick Republican 74%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 70%
Mark Foley 85%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 89%
Harold Ford, Jr. 67%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 93%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 93%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 78%
Barney Frank 33%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 81%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 89%
William Frist 89%
Elton Gallegly 92%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 85%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 81%
Jim Gibbons 85%
Wayne Gilchrest 89%
Paul Gillmor 92%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 85%
Charlie Gonzalez 63%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 81%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 93%
Bart Gordon 74%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 89%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 48%
Mark Green 93%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 48%

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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