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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 88%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 71%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 88%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 76%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 75%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 88%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 24%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 53%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 28%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 32%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 17%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 22%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 16%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 36%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 76%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 28%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 24%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 38%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 16%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 28%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 22%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 71%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 80%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 91%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 75%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 56%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 9%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 84%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 17%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 94%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 47%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 96%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 35%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 23%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 16%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 17%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 20%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 96%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 4%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 94%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 88%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 94%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 88%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 88%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 59%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 16%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 32%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 12%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 16%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 59%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 28%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 20%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 21%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 76%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 24%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 53%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 44%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 96%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 24%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 24%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 17%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 88%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 17%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 47%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 53%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 84%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 72%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 40%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 78%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 52%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 24%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 68%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 64%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 24%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 25%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 68%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 24%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 24%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 35%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 53%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 54%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 44%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 36%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 32%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 12%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 16%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 21%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 26%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 75%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 24%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 82%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 94%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 67%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 59%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 40%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 24%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 32%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 92%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 20%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 47%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 77%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 72%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 13%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 47%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 56%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 71%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 86%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 24%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 36%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 84%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 24%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 88%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 28%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 64%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 68%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 41%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 8%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 59%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 12%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 56%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 32%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 4%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 44%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 80%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 88%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 12%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 41%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 24%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 94%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 100%
Gary Ackerman 29%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 41%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Allen 28%
Rob Andrews 25%
Bill Archer 88%
Richard Armey 92%
John Ashcroft 88%
Brian Baird 33%
Richard Hugh Baker 96%
Cass Ballenger 84%
James Barcia 52%
Bob Barr, Jr. 76%
Bill Barrett 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 84%

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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