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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 37%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 39%
Todd Akin 89%
Rodney Alexander 93%
Wayne Allard 89%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 42%
Rob Andrews 42%
Joe Baca, Sr. 58%
Brian Baird 56%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
J. Gresham Barrett 85%
Roscoe Bartlett 85%
Charlie Bass 85%
Max Baucus 71%
Evan Bayh 56%
Melissa Bean 73%
Bob Beauprez 93%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 54%
Howard Berman 41%
Marion Berry 63%
Judy Biggert 89%
Michael Bilirakis 89%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
Sherwood Boehlert 78%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 89%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 89%
Mary Bono Mack 93%
Dan Boren 81%
Leonard Boswell 55%
Rick Boucher 59%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 70%
Henry Brown, Jr. 93%
Ginny Brown-Waite 88%
Jim Bunning 94%
Conrad Burns 94%
Dan Burton 92%
Steve Buyer 93%
Robert Byrd 44%
Chris Cannon 93%
Eric Cantor 93%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 41%
Julia Carson 40%
Edward Case 48%
Mike Castle 78%
Ben Chandler III 52%
Chris Chocola 93%
Hillary Clinton 35%
Norm Coleman 88%
Kent Conrad 69%
Jerry Costello 52%
Larry Craig 89%
Robert Cramer 81%
Barbara Cubin 88%
Artur Davis 70%
Geoff Davis 93%
James Davis 50%
Jo Ann Davis 78%
Lincoln Davis 78%
Thomas Davis III 85%
Bill Delahunt 35%
Thomas DeLay 88%
James DeMint 89%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 89%
Norm Dicks 52%
Chris Dodd 39%
Elizabeth Dole 94%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 94%
John Doolittle 85%
Byron Dorgan 33%
Thelma Drake 93%
David Dreier 93%
Chet Edwards 74%
Vern Ehlers 85%
Jo Ann Emerson 89%
Philip English 93%
John Ensign 88%
Bob Etheridge 52%
Lane Evans 37%
Terry Everett 85%
Tom Feeney 81%
Russ Feingold 17%
Michael Ferguson 89%
Bob Filner 37%
Mark Foley 85%
Harold Ford, Jr. 67%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 93%
Barney Frank 33%
William Frist 89%
Elton Gallegly 92%
Jim Gibbons 85%
Wayne Gilchrest 89%
Paul Gillmor 92%
Charlie Gonzalez 63%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 81%
Bart Gordon 74%
Mark Green 93%
Judd Gregg 72%
Gilbert Gutknecht 81%
Jane Harman 58%
Katherine Harris 89%
Melissa Hart 93%
J. Dennis Hastert 90%
Robert Hayes 89%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 100%
Joel Hefley 92%
Wally Herger, Jr. 93%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 63%
Maurice Hinchey 30%
David Lee Hobson 96%
Pete Hoekstra 89%
Thomas Holden 63%
Darlene Hooley 52%
John Nathan Hostettler 81%
Kenny Hulshof 92%
Duncan Hunter 88%
Kay Hutchison 94%
Henry Hyde 100%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 85%
Daniel Inouye 44%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 88%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 30%
William Jefferson 59%
James Merrill Jeffords 56%
William Lewis Jenkins 85%
Nancy Johnson 78%
Tim Johnson 70%
Paul Kanjorski 48%
Ric Keller 88%
Sue Kelly 78%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 28%
Mark Kennedy 93%
Patrick Kennedy 37%
Dale Kildee 33%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 32%
Joseph Knollenberg 93%
Herb Kohl 67%
James Kolbe 96%
Dennis Kucinich 30%
John Kuhl, Jr. 89%
Jon Kyl 83%
Ray LaHood 92%
Tom Lantos 38%
Steve LaTourette 78%
Frank Lautenberg 29%
James Leach 78%
Jerry Lewis 93%
Ron Lewis 85%
Joe Lieberman 61%
Blanche Lincoln 89%
John Linder 93%
Trent Lott, Sr. 100%
Dick Lugar 100%
Dan Lungren 93%
Connie Mack IV 81%
Don Manzullo 93%
Jim Marshall 63%
Melquiades Martinez 83%
Thaddeus McCotter 81%
James McCrery III 92%
John McHugh 81%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 30%
Michael McNulty 41%
Martin Meehan 41%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 52%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 67%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 33%
Brad Miller 41%
Alan Mollohan 56%
Dennis Moore 59%
Jack Murtha 62%
Marilyn Musgrave 92%
Sue Myrick 87%
Ben Nelson 94%
Robert William Ney 81%
Anne Northup 93%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 85%
James Nussle 93%
Jim Oberstar 31%
Dave Obey 35%
John Olver 33%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 70%
Thomas William Osborne 93%
Major Owens 30%
Michael Oxley 92%
Ron Paul 33%
Donald Payne 29%
John Peterson 92%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 92%
Todd Platts 85%
Richard Pombo 88%
Earl Pomeroy 67%
Jon Porter, Sr. 93%
Deborah Pryce 88%
George Radanovich 96%
James Ramstad 81%
Ralph Regula 93%

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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