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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 67%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Todd Akin 89%
Rodney Alexander 94%
Jason Altmire 61%
Rob Andrews 63%
Michael Arcuri 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 67%
Brian Baird 50%
J. Gresham Barrett 94%
Roscoe Bartlett 78%
Max Baucus 75%
Evan Bayh 63%
Melissa Bean 83%
Bob Bennett 100%
Shelley Berkley 67%
Howard Berman 69%
Marion Berry 56%
Judy Biggert 94%
Brian Bilbray 88%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
Kit Bond 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 94%
Mary Bono Mack 88%
Dan Boren 78%
Leonard Boswell 61%
Rick Boucher 61%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
Henry Brown, Jr. 94%
Ginny Brown-Waite 79%
Jim Bunning 75%
Dan Burton 89%
Steve Buyer 81%
Robert Byrd 57%
Eric Cantor 94%
Dennis Cardoza 65%
Russ Carnahan 61%
Christopher Carney 59%
Mike Castle 78%
Ben Chandler III 61%
Travis Childers 64%
Hillary Clinton 67%
Norm Coleman 83%
Kent Conrad 57%
Jerry Costello 50%
Larry Craig 86%
Artur Davis 67%
Geoff Davis 89%
Lincoln Davis 61%
Bill Delahunt 56%
James DeMint 57%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 82%
Norm Dicks 67%
Chris Dodd 50%
Byron Dorgan 50%
David Dreier 100%
Chet Edwards 67%
Vern Ehlers 100%
Brad Ellsworth 72%
Jo Ann Emerson 83%
John Ensign 88%
Bob Etheridge 67%
Russ Feingold 38%
Bob Filner 47%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 94%
Barney Frank 61%
Elton Gallegly 89%
Gabrielle Giffords 67%
Charlie Gonzalez 61%
Bart Gordon 67%
Judd Gregg 86%
John Hall 56%
Phil Hare 56%
Jane Harman 65%
Wally Herger, Jr. 89%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 56%
Baron Hill 61%
Maurice Hinchey 50%
Paul Hodes 56%
Pete Hoekstra 83%
Thomas Holden 61%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 89%
Daniel Inouye 71%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 61%
Tim Johnson 67%
Steve Kagen 50%
Paul Kanjorski 67%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 50%
Patrick Kennedy 59%
Dale Kildee 61%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 53%
Ron Klein 67%
Herb Kohl 63%
Dennis Kucinich 39%
Jon Kyl 63%
Ray LaHood 82%
Steve LaTourette 76%
Frank Lautenberg 63%
Jerry Lewis 100%
Joe Lieberman 75%
Blanche Lincoln 75%
John Linder 72%
Dick Lugar 100%
Dan Lungren 94%
Connie Mack IV 88%
Don Manzullo 83%
Jim Marshall 67%
Melquiades Martinez 88%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
John McHugh 83%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 61%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 71%
Brad Miller 61%
Harry Mitchell 67%
Alan Mollohan 59%
Dennis Moore 71%
Patrick Murphy 67%
Jack Murtha 65%
Sue Myrick 94%
Ben Nelson 71%
Jim Oberstar 56%
Dave Obey 56%
John Olver 56%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 65%
Ron Paul 47%
Donald Payne 47%
Todd Platts 78%
Earl Pomeroy 61%
George Radanovich 94%
Denny Rehberg 89%
Silvestre Reyes 67%
Laura Richardson 59%
Ciro Rodriguez 61%
Mike Ross 67%
Steve Rothman 56%
Ken Salazar 63%
Jean Schmidt 94%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 61%
John Shadegg 83%
Heath Shuler 56%
Ike Skelton 61%
Olympia Snowe 71%
Vic Snyder 67%
Hilda Solis 50%
Mark Souder 94%
Zack Space 61%
Arlen Specter 86%
John Spratt, Jr. 61%
Pete Stark 47%
Cliff Stearns 89%
Ted Stevens 100%
Bart Stupak 56%
John Sullivan 100%
John Sununu 75%
Betty Sutton 61%
Tom Tancredo 72%
John Tanner 71%
Ellen Tauscher 61%
Gene Taylor 56%
Todd Tiahrt 94%
Ed Towns 56%
George Voinovich 88%
Zach Wamp 100%
Diane Watson 53%
Mel Watt 61%
Jim Webb, Jr. 63%
Anthony Weiner 59%
Robert Wexler 54%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 67%
Lynn Woolsey 56%
David Wu 50%
Bill Young 83%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 50%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 56%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 50%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 71%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 53%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 57%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 56%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 56%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 69%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 63%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 56%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 61%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 63%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 63%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 53%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 63%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 63%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 56%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 47%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 61%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 56%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 61%

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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