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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 81%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 77%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 94%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 100%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 88%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 38%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 38%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 23%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 93%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 19%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 31%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 73%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 94%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 86%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 19%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 81%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 25%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 38%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 27%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 25%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 14%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 100%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 19%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 91%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 94%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 93%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 85%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 94%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 81%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 23%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 22%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 31%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 23%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 94%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 19%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 31%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 13%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 63%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 91%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 25%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 46%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 31%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 94%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 19%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 81%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 87%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 31%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 69%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 25%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 13%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 94%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 94%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 33%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 94%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 25%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 85%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 80%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 38%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 19%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 44%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 31%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 81%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 33%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 27%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 93%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 38%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 19%
TX U.S. House 36 Steve Stockman Republican 91%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 31%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 31%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 81%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 23%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 19%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 17%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 27%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 81%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 88%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 25%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 46%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 19%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 92%
Gary Ackerman 31%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 31%
Wayne Allard 100%
Rob Andrews 31%
Bill Archer 94%
Richard Armey 94%
John Ashcroft 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 40%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
William Baker 96%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 94%
Bill Barrett 94%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman 94%
Max Baucus 46%
Anthony Beilenson 17%
Bob Bennett 92%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 31%
Douglas Bereuter 81%
Howard Berman 19%
Tom Bevill 67%
Brian Bilbray 94%
Michael Bilirakis 94%
Jeff Bingaman 15%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Peter Blute 92%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 94%
David Edward Bonior 19%
Sonny Bono 94%
Robert Borski, Jr. 20%
Rick Boucher 44%
Bill Bradley 21%
John Breaux 62%
George Brown, Jr. 25%
Hank Brown 100%
Richard Bryan 38%
Ed Bryant 100%
John Bryant 30%
Dale Bumpers 17%
Jim Bunn 96%
Jim Bunning 81%
Conrad Burns 85%
Dan Burton 94%
Steve Buyer 94%
Robert Byrd 23%
Herbert Callahan 100%
Ben Campbell 82%
Thomas Campbell 88%
Mike Castle 88%
John Chafee 92%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 88%
Jon Lynn Christensen 88%
Dick Chrysler 100%
William Clay, Sr. 19%
Eva Clayton 13%
Robert Clement 50%
William Cohen 61%
Ronald Coleman 29%
Barbara-Rose Collins 5%
Cardiss Collins 10%
Michael Collins 94%

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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