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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 22%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 83%
Gary Ackerman 35%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 83%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 41%
Wayne Allard 83%
Thomas Allen 39%
Rob Andrews 44%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 78%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 89%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 39%
Cass Ballenger 82%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 72%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 17%
Bill Barrett 89%
Roscoe Bartlett 78%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
Charlie Bass 94%
Herbert Bateman 100%
Max Baucus 56%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 35%
Bob Bennett 89%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 100%
Howard Berman 36%
Marion Berry 67%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 56%
Brian Bilbray 61%
Michael Bilirakis 89%
Jeff Bingaman 56%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
Rod Blagojevich 39%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 41%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 82%
Sherwood Boehlert 61%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 89%
Kit Bond 89%
Henry Bonilla 88%
David Edward Bonior 22%
Mary Bono Mack 93%
Robert Borski, Jr. 22%
Leonard Boswell 83%
Rick Boucher 35%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 59%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 65%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 94%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 25%
John Breaux 59%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 31%
George Brown, Jr. 29%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 17%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 94%
Richard Bryan 50%
Ed Bryant 100%
Jim Bunning 94%
Conrad Burns 100%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 82%
Dan Burton 93%
Steve Buyer 94%
Robert Byrd 44%
Herbert Callahan 100%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
Ben Campbell 83%
Thomas Campbell 72%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 89%
Chris Cannon 100%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
Julia Carson 22%
Mike Castle 67%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 83%
John Chafee 89%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 94%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 67%
William Clay, Sr. 19%
Eva Clayton 39%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 56%
Robert Clement 72%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 28%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 89%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 71%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
Michael Collins 83%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 78%
Larry Combest 94%
Gary Condit 67%
Kent Conrad 61%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
Merrill Cook 89%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 28%
Paul Coverdell 89%
Christopher Cox 83%
William Coyne 22%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 78%
Philip Crane 81%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 94%
Barbara Cubin 94%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 28%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Patsy Ann Danner 67%
Thomas Daschle 61%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 28%
James Davis 67%
Thomas Davis III 100%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 22%
Bill Delahunt 28%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 28%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Peter Deutsch 35%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 89%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 72%
Jay Dickey 94%
Norm Dicks 39%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 28%
Julian Dixon 29%
Chris Dodd 61%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 39%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 67%
John Doolittle 89%
Byron Dorgan 61%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
David Dreier 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 78%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
Chet Edwards 44%
Vern Ehlers 89%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 94%
Jo Ann Emerson 83%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 24%
Philip English 89%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 94%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 39%
Bob Etheridge 65%
Lane Evans 22%
Terry Everett 89%
Thomas Ewing 100%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 44%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 25%
Russ Feingold 28%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 61%
Bob Filner 22%
Mark Foley 100%
Michael Patrick Forbes 61%
Harold Ford, Jr. 62%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 100%
Tillie Fowler 94%
Barney Frank 33%
Robert Franks 83%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 83%
William Frist 94%
Jonas Frost III 56%
Elton Gallegly 83%
John Ganske 81%
Sam Gejdenson 28%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 24%
Jim Gibbons 89%
Wayne Gilchrest 89%
Paul Gillmor 100%
Benjamin Gilman 71%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 72%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
William Goodling 88%
Bart Gordon 72%
Slade Gorton 89%
Porter Goss 86%
Daniel Graham 61%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 76%
William Phillip Gramm 94%
Rodney Grams 94%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 47%
James Greenwood 94%
Judd Gregg 89%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 28%
Gilbert Gutknecht 94%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 76%
Tony Hall 44%
James Hansen 100%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 50%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 22%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 94%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 94%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 89%
Joel Hefley 75%

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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