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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Chamber of Commerce

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 36%
MT State House 3 Jerry O'Neil Republican 64%
MT State House 96 Carolyn Squires Democratic 45%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 100%
MT State Senate 4 Jon Sonju Republican 91%
MT State Senate 5 Verdell Jackson Republican 82%
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 91%
MT State Senate 9 Rick Ripley Republican 82%
MT State Senate 14 Llewelyn Jones Republican 91%
MT State Senate 15 Jim Peterson Republican 100%
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 50%
MT State Senate 23 Alan Olson Republican 100%
MT State Senate 26 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 36%
MT State Senate 27 Elsie Arntzen Republican 91%
MT State Senate 28 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 91%
MT State Senate 32 Larry Jent Democratic 40%
MT State Senate 34 Scott Sales Republican 60%
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 73%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 45%
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 45%
MT State Senate 40 Mary Caferro Democratic 18%
MT State Senate 41 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 18%
MT State Senate 42 Dave Lewis Republican 82%
MT State Senate 48 Tom Facey Democratic 45%
MT State Senate 49 David Wanzenried Democratic 45%
MT Justice of the Supreme Court Seat 2 Mike Wheat Non-partisan 36%
MT Auditor Monica Lindeen Democratic 45%
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 36%
MT Council Member Ward 1 Brent Cromley Democratic 36%
MT Public Service Commissioner 3 Roger Koopman Republican 70%
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican 91%
Joan Andersen 80%
Keith Bales 82%
Joe Balyeat 73%
John Balyeat 73%
Gregory Barkus 91%
Arlene Becker 36%
Bob Bergren 36%
Norma Bixby 27%
Jerry Black 100%
Gary Branae 45%
Roy Brown 73%
John Brueggeman 100%
Edward Butcher 82%
Rosalie Buzzas 36%
Terrence Callahan 45%
Margarett Campbell 40%
Paul Clark 36%
John Cobb 73%
Vicki Cocchiarella 45%
Jill Cohenour 27%
Mike Cooney 45%
Aubyn Curtiss 100%
Sue Dickenson 36%
Tim Dowell 40%
Emelie Kay Eaton 36%
Jon Ellingson 36%
Jim Elliott 27%
John Esp 82%
George Loren Everett 64%
Eve Franklin 40%
Kevin Furey 36%
David Gallik 27%
Steven Gallus 45%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 45%
Kelly Gebhardt 91%
Kim Gillan 45%
William Glaser 91%
George Golie 45%
Duane Grimes 100%
Wanda Grinde 36%
George Groesbeck 36%
Gail Gutsche 36%
Robin Hamilton 45%
Kenneth Hansen 45%
Dan Harrington 36%
Christopher Kirk Harris 45%
Ray Hawk 73%
Robert Hawks 36%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 91%
Gordon Hendrick 64%
Teresa Henry 36%
Dennis Himmelberger 73%
Cynthia Hiner 36%
Hal Jacobson 36%
Joey Jayne 18%
Bill Jones 73%
Mike Jopek 40%
Carol Juneau 18%
Bob Keenan 73%
Sam Kitzenberg 64%
Harry Klock 82%
Richard Laible 91%
Carol Lambert 73%
Michael Lange 55%
Lane Larson 36%
Jesse Laslovich 45%
Ralph Lenhart 36%
Greg Lind 45%
Gary MacLaren 100%
Rick Maedje 100%
Bruce Malcolm 82%
Jeff Mangan 55%
Gary Matthews 82%
Dave McAlpin 36%
Daniel McGee 82%
Tom McGillvray 91%
Joe McKenney 100%
Walter McNutt 100%
Scott Mendenhall 91%
Mike Milburn 100%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 100%
Lynda Moss 45%
John Musgrove 36%
Mark Noennig 100%
Art Noonan 36%
Bernie Olson 91%
John Parker 40%
Gerald Pease 36%
Gary Perry 82%
Holly Raser 40%
Diane Rice 73%
Donald Roberts 100%
John Ross 82%
Glenn Roush 45%
Don Ryan 36%
Trudi Schmidt 36%
Jim Shockley 64%
John Sinrud 82%
Veronica Small-Eastman 38%
Frank Smith 55%
Wayne Stahl 45%
Corey Stapleton 82%
Donald Steinbeisser 90%
Ronald Stoker 91%
Robert Story, Jr. 91%
Bill Tash 91%
Kenneth Toole, Jr. 27%
Joseph Tropila 45%
Pat Wagman 73%
Karl Waitschies 82%
John Ward 64%
Bill Warden 90%
Dan Weinberg 36%
Jack Wells 70%
Carol Williams 36%
Bill Wilson 36%
Jeanne Windham 45%
Brady Wiseman 45%
John Witt 100%

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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