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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Charlie Bass 88%
Herbert Bateman 92%
Max Baucus 59%
Evan Bayh 59%
Bob Bennett 94%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 40%
Douglas Bereuter 92%
Shelley Berkley 36%
Howard Berman 26%
Marion Berry 58%
Judy Biggert 96%
Brian Bilbray 68%
Michael Bilirakis 88%
Jeff Bingaman 59%
Rod Blagojevich 30%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 96%
Sherwood Boehlert 60%
Kit Bond 94%
Henry Bonilla 84%
David Edward Bonior 16%
Mary Bono Mack 79%
Robert Borski, Jr. 24%
Leonard Boswell 50%
Rick Boucher 48%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 68%
John Breaux 56%
Richard Bryan 53%
Ed Bryant 92%
Jim Bunning 82%
Conrad Burns 88%
Dan Burton 83%
Steve Buyer 88%
Robert Byrd 47%
Herbert Callahan 84%
Ben Campbell 94%
Thomas Campbell 64%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
Chris Cannon 92%
Julia Carson 18%
Mike Castle 72%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 73%
William Clay, Sr. 22%
Eva Clayton 21%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 47%
Robert Clement 68%
Michael Collins 80%
Larry Combest 92%
Gary Condit 64%
Kent Conrad 53%
Merrill Cook 76%
John Cooksey 91%
Jerry Costello 24%
Paul Coverdell 82%
Christopher Cox 75%
William Coyne 24%
Larry Craig 88%
Robert Cramer 72%
Philip Crane 91%
Barbara Cubin 91%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Patsy Ann Danner 64%
Thomas Daschle 56%
James Davis 44%
Thomas Davis III 88%
Bill Delahunt 24%
Thomas DeLay 92%
James DeMint 92%
Peter Deutsch 40%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Jay Dickey 83%
Norm Dicks 28%
Julian Dixon 26%
Chris Dodd 53%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 94%
Calvin Dooley 80%
John Doolittle 80%
Byron Dorgan 35%
David Dreier 96%
Jennifer Dunn 96%
John Edwards 41%
Chet Edwards 42%
Vern Ehlers 96%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 83%
Jo Ann Emerson 80%
Philip English 76%
Bob Etheridge 48%
Lane Evans 16%
Terry Everett 80%
Thomas Ewing 100%
Russ Feingold 24%
Bob Filner 20%
Peter Fitzgerald 88%
Ernest Fletcher 96%
Mark Foley 72%
Michael Patrick Forbes 44%
Harold Ford, Jr. 40%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 91%
Tillie Fowler 92%
Barney Frank 21%
Robert Franks 80%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 42%
Elton Gallegly 84%
John Ganske 45%
Sam Gejdenson 28%
George Gekas 100%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 24%
Jim Gibbons 68%
Wayne Gilchrest 72%
Paul Gillmor 88%
Benjamin Gilman 48%
Charlie Gonzalez 36%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 84%
William Goodling 92%
Bart Gordon 71%
Slade Gorton 88%
Porter Goss 92%
Daniel Graham 35%
William Phillip Gramm 94%
Rodney Grams 94%
Mark Green 92%
James Greenwood 76%
Judd Gregg 76%
Gilbert Gutknecht 96%
Tony Hall 25%
James Hansen 96%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
Robert Hayes 88%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 80%
Joel Hefley 79%
Jesse Helms 82%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Baron Hill 56%
Rick Hill 92%
Van Hilleary 83%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 24%
Maurice Hinchey 16%
David Lee Hobson 83%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 20%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Thomas Holden 58%
Ernest Hollings 27%
Darlene Hooley 40%
Stephen Horn 72%
John Nathan Hostettler 83%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 87%
Kenny Hulshof 88%
Duncan Hunter 70%
Asa Hutchinson 91%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 94%
Kay Hutchison 94%
Henry Hyde 75%
Daniel Inouye 50%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 83%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 8%
William Jefferson 40%
James Merrill Jeffords 76%
William Lewis Jenkins 84%
Christopher John 83%
Nancy Johnson 83%
Paul Kanjorski 24%
Sue Kelly 80%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 47%
Patrick Kennedy 25%
Bob Kerrey 53%
Dale Kildee 20%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 16%
Gerald Kleczka 24%
Ronald Klink 20%
Joseph Knollenberg 92%
Herb Kohl 41%
James Kolbe 91%
Dennis Kucinich 12%
Steven Kuykendall 92%
Jon Kyl 82%
John LaFalce 24%
Ray LaHood 84%
Nicholas Lampson 32%
Tom Lantos 14%
Stephen Largent 87%
Steve LaTourette 79%
Frank Lautenberg 44%
Rick Lazio 76%
James Leach 76%

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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