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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Chamber of Commerce

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT State House 26 Mitch Tropila Democratic 0%
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 100%
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican 94%
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican 100%
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 100%
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 100%
MT State Senate 10 Rick Ripley Republican 100%
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 11%
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican 98%
MT State Senate 25 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 12%
MT State Senate 26 Elsie Arntzen Republican 91%
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic 8%
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic 13%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 100%
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 100%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 25%
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 58%
MT State Senate 40 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 0%
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 8%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 0%
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic 17%
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 33%
MT Public Service Commissioner 3 Roger Koopman Republican 100%
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican 100%
Shannon Augare 11%
Keith Bales 100%
Joe Balyeat 100%
Gregory Barkus 100%
William Beck, Sr. 83%
Arlene Becker 17%
Bob Bergren 19%
Norma Bixby 7%
Jerry Black 97%
Scott Boggio 100%
Gary Branae 25%
Roy Brown 95%
John Brueggeman 83%
Edward Butcher 100%
Terrence Callahan 0%
Margarett Campbell 25%
Edith Clark 91%
John Cobb 25%
Vicki Cocchiarella 34%
Mike Cooney 0%
Douglas Cordier 21%
Aubyn Curtiss 97%
Sue Dickenson 0%
Ernie Dutton 93%
Robert Ebinger, Jr. 10%
Jim Elliott 0%
Ron Erickson 0%
John Esp 100%
George Loren Everett 93%
Eve Franklin 8%
Julie French 21%
Kevin Furey 13%
David Gallik 0%
Steven Gallus 3%
Kelly Gebhardt 94%
Kim Gillan 32%
William Glaser 91%
Wanda Grinde 7%
George Groesbeck 50%
Robin Hamilton 16%
Betsy Hands 0%
Kenneth Hansen 7%
Dan Harrington 0%
Ray Hawk 100%
Robert Hawks 0%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 100%
Gordon Hendrick 93%
Teresa Henry 8%
Edward Hilbert 93%
Dennis Himmelberger 100%
Cynthia Hiner 33%
Galen Hollenbaugh 8%
Pat Ingraham 100%
Verdell Jackson 95%
Hal Jacobson 8%
Joey Jayne 8%
Larry Jent 0%
Bill Jones 78%
Mike Jopek 0%
Rick Jore 89%
Carol Juneau 0%
Dave Kasten 100%
Krayton Kerns 95%
Sam Kitzenberg 12%
Harry Klock 98%
Deborah Kottel 17%
Richard Laible 91%
Carol Lambert 87%
Michael Lange 97%
Lane Larson 15%
Jesse Laslovich 7%
Dave Lewis 75%
Greg Lind 2%
Gary MacLaren 98%
Bruce Malcolm 91%
Dave McAlpin 0%
Bill McChesney 64%
Daniel McGee 78%
Tom McGillvray 100%
Walter McNutt 100%
Scott Mendenhall 100%
Mike Milburn 93%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 91%
Lynda Moss 0%
Terry Murphy 100%
John Musgrove 15%
Art Noonan 25%
Bill Nooney 93%
Jesse O'Hara 95%
Alan Olson 100%
Jerry O'Neil 82%
John Parker 8%
Gerald Pease 15%
Gary Perry 100%
Jim Peterson 100%
Kenneth Peterson 55%
Holly Raser 12%
Michele Reinhart 7%
Diane Rice 98%
John Ross 100%
Don Ryan 5%
Trudi Schmidt 0%
Jim Shockley 72%
John Sinrud 83%
Veronica Small-Eastman 45%
Frank Smith 27%
Jon Sonju 100%
Carolyn Squires 2%
Wayne Stahl 84%
Corey Stapleton 100%
Donald Steinbeisser 100%
Ronald Stoker 87%
Robert Story, Jr. 100%
Bill Tash 100%
William Thomas 27%
Joseph Tropila 12%
Kendall Van Dyk 8%
David Wanzenried 0%
John Ward 85%
Dan Weinberg 0%
Jack Wells 91%
Carol Williams 0%
Franke Wilmer 8%
Bill Wilson 0%
Brady Wiseman 0%
Craig Witte 91%

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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