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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%
Wayne Allard 100%
Thomas Ewing 100%
William Frist 100%
George Gekas 100%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 100%
J. Dennis Hastert 100%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 100%
Ron Lewis 100%
Dick Lugar 100%
Anne Northup 100%
James Nussle 100%
John Peterson 100%
Deborah Pryce 100%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 100%
William Tauzin 100%
Craig Thomas 100%
John Warner 100%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 100%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 96%
Judy Biggert 96%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 96%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 96%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 96%
David Dreier 96%
Jennifer Dunn 96%
Vern Ehlers 96%
Ernest Fletcher 96%
Gilbert Gutknecht 96%
James Hansen 96%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 96%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 96%
Don Manzullo 96%
James McCrery III 96%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 96%
Michael Oxley 96%
Edward Pease 96%
George Radanovich 96%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 96%
E.G. Shuster 96%
William Thomas 96%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 96%
Wesley Watkins 96%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 96%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 95%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 95%
Bob Bennett 94%
Kit Bond 94%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 94%
Ben Campbell 94%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 94%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 94%
William Phillip Gramm 94%
Rodney Grams 94%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 94%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 94%
Kay Hutchison 94%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 94%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 94%
William Roth, Jr. 94%
Gordon Smith 94%
Richard Armey 92%
Herbert Bateman 92%
Douglas Bereuter 92%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
Ed Bryant 92%
Chris Cannon 92%
Larry Combest 92%
Randall Cunningham 92%
Thomas DeLay 92%
James DeMint 92%
Tillie Fowler 92%
William Goodling 92%
Porter Goss 92%
Mark Green 92%
Rick Hill 92%
Joseph Knollenberg 92%
Steven Kuykendall 92%
Jerry Lewis 92%
John Linder 92%
Robert William Ney 92%
Doug Ose 92%
Ronald Packard 92%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 92%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 92%
Thomas Reynolds 92%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 92%
James Talent 92%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 92%
John Cooksey 91%
Philip Crane 91%
Barbara Cubin 91%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 91%
Asa Hutchinson 91%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 91%
James Kolbe 91%
Bill Archer 88%
John Ashcroft 88%
Charlie Bass 88%
Michael Bilirakis 88%
Conrad Burns 88%
Steve Buyer 88%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 88%
Larry Craig 88%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
Thomas Davis III 88%
Peter Fitzgerald 88%
Paul Gillmor 88%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 88%
Slade Gorton 88%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 88%
Robert Hayes 88%
Wally Herger, Jr. 88%
Pete Hoekstra 88%
Kenny Hulshof 88%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 88%
Connie Mack 88%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 88%
Scott McInnis 88%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 88%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 88%
Frank Murkowski 88%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 88%
Don Nickles 88%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 88%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 88%
Richard Pombo 88%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 88%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matt Salmon Republican 88%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 88%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 88%
Donald Sherwood 88%
Joseph Skeen 88%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 88%
Ted Stevens 88%
John Sununu 88%
Tom Tancredo 88%
NE U.S. House 2 Lee Terry Republican 88%
Todd Tiahrt 88%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 88%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 88%
David Weldon 88%
Gerald Weller 88%
Heather Wilson 88%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 88%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 87%
Stephen Largent 87%
Bill McCollum 87%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 86%
Jack Metcalf 86%
Bill Young 86%
Cass Ballenger 84%
Bill Barrett 84%
Roscoe Bartlett 84%
Henry Bonilla 84%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 84%
Herbert Callahan 84%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 84%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 84%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 84%
Elton Gallegly 84%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 84%
William Lewis Jenkins 84%
Ray LaHood 84%
David McIntosh 84%
Sue Myrick 84%
Ralph Regula 84%
Jim Ryun 84%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 84%
Bob Stump 84%
Dan Burton 83%
Jay Dickey 83%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 83%
Van Hilleary 83%
David Lee Hobson 83%
John Nathan Hostettler 83%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 83%
Christopher John 83%
Nancy Johnson 83%
Dan Miller 83%
James Rogan 83%
Jim Bunning 82%
Paul Coverdell 82%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 82%
Jesse Helms 82%
Jon Kyl 82%
Trent Lott, Sr. 82%
Bob Smith 82%
George Voinovich 82%
Rick Santorum 81%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 80%
Michael Collins 80%
Calvin Dooley 80%
John Doolittle 80%

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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