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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 50%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 61%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 56%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 100%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 75%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 75%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 72%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 72%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 83%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 61%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 2 Ted Poe Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House 10 Michael McCaul Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 59%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 59%
TX U.S. House 19 Randy Neugebauer Republican 82%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 72%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 59%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 56%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 50%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 100%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 81%
VA U.S. House 1 Rob Wittman Republican 83%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 53%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 78%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 83%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 38%
VT U.S. House At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 56%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 63%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 56%
WA U.S. House 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 89%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 50%
WA U.S. House 8 Dave Reichert Republican 78%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 61%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 56%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 83%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 72%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 67%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 78%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 75%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 75%
Neil Abercrombie 50%
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%
Michele Bachmann 94%
Spencer Bachus 94%
Brian Baird 50%
J. Gresham Barrett 94%
John Barrow 67%
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%
Tim Bishop 71%
Kit Bond 100%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 94%
Mary Bono Mack 88%
Dan Boren 78%
Leonard Boswell 61%
Rick Boucher 61%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67%
Bruce Braley 56%
Paul Broun 67%
Henry Brown, Jr. 94%
Ginny Brown-Waite 79%
Jim Bunning 75%
Dan Burton 89%
Steve Buyer 81%
Robert Byrd 57%
Dave Camp 94%
John Campbell III 76%
Eric Cantor 94%
Dennis Cardoza 65%
Russ Carnahan 61%
Christopher Carney 59%
Mike Castle 78%
Saxby Chambliss 100%
Ben Chandler III 61%
Travis Childers 64%
Hillary Clinton 67%
Howard Coble 89%
Thomas Coburn 75%
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%
John Dingell 56%
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%
Jim Gerlach 81%
Gabrielle Giffords 67%
Phil Gingrey 78%
Charlie Gonzalez 61%
Bart Gordon 67%
Judd Gregg 86%
Charles Hagel 83%
John Hall 56%
Ralph Hall 83%
Phil Hare 56%
Tom Harkin 50%
Jane Harman 65%
Doc Hastings 88%
Wally Herger, Jr. 89%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 56%
Baron Hill 61%
Maurice Hinchey 50%
Paul Hodes 56%
Pete Hoekstra 83%
Thomas Holden 61%
Rush Holt, Jr. 61%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 89%
Daniel Inouye 71%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 61%
Tim Johnson 67%
Timothy Johnson 75%
Steve Kagen 50%
Paul Kanjorski 67%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 50%
Patrick Kennedy 59%
Dale Kildee 61%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 53%
Jack Kingston 61%
Ron Klein 67%
Herb Kohl 63%
Dennis Kucinich 39%
Jon Kyl 63%
Ray LaHood 82%
Mary Landrieu 75%
Tom Latham 89%
Steve LaTourette 76%
Frank Lautenberg 63%
Carl Levin 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%
Jim Matheson 78%
Carolyn McCarthy 65%
Thaddeus McCotter 82%
John McHugh 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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