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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Chamber of Commerce

2011 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT State House 43 Duane Ankney Republican 90%
MT State Senate 27 Elsie Arntzen Republican 98%
MT State Senate 31 Ron Arthun Republican 86%
MT State Senate 8 Shannon Augare Democratic 28%
Joe Balyeat 96%
MT State House 80 Liz Bangerter Republican 99%
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 90%
MT State Senate 47 Dick Barrett Democratic 38%
William Beck, Sr. 99%
Tony Belcourt 47%
MT State House 92 Bryce Bennett Democratic 42%
MT State House 1 Gerald Bennett Republican 95%
MT State House 45 Tom Berry Republican 100%
MT State House 10 Mark Blasdel Republican 92%
MT State Senate 11 Anders Blewett Democratic 29%
MT State House 59 Joanne Blyton Republican 96%
MT State House 23 Carlie Boland Democratic 49%
Gary Branae 28%
MT State Senate 18 John Brenden Republican 91%
MT State House 7 Randy Brodehl Republican 96%
MT State Senate 22 Taylor Brown Republican 88%
Tom Burnett 96%
MT State Senate 13 Ed Buttrey Republican 100%
MT State Senate 40 Mary Caferro Democratic 40%
MT State House 17 Christy Clark Republican 89%
MT State House 87 Pat Connell Republican 100%
MT State House 27 Rob Cook Republican 96%
MT State House 52 Virginia Court Democratic 47%
MT State House 2 Mike Cuffe Republican 87%
MT State Senate 26 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 58%
MT State House 100 Champ Edmunds, Jr. Republican 74%
MT State House 88 Ron Ehli Republican 96%
Ron Erickson 18%
John Esp 99%
MT State Senate 28 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 93%
Lila Evans 92%
MT State Senate 48 Tom Facey Democratic 37%
MT State House 20 Steve Fitzpatrick Republican 100%
MT State House 68 Kelly Flynn Republican 95%
Tim Furey 47%
Steven Gallus 18%
MT State House 78 Steve Gibson Republican 96%
Kim Gillan 31%
MT State House 90 Edward Greef Republican 95%
Alan Hale 74%
MT State Senate 10 Bradley Maxon Hamlett Democratic 68%
Betsy Hands 52%
MT State House 33 Kristin Hansen Republican 90%
MT State House 30 Bill Harris Republican 91%
Robert Hawks 43%
Gordon Hendrick 98%
MT State House 94 Ellie Hill Democratic 45%
Cynthia Hiner 68%
Greg Hinkle 91%
MT State House 28 Roy Hollandsworth Republican 100%
MT State House 81 Galen Hollenbaugh Democratic 48%
MT State House 24 Brian Hoven Republican 92%
MT State House 60 David Howard Republican 96%
MT State House 79 Chuck Hunter Democratic 61%
Rowlie Hutton 95%
MT State House 13 Pat Ingraham Republican 92%
MT State Senate 5 Verdell Jackson Republican 93%
MT State Senate 32 Larry Jent Democratic 46%
MT State Senate 14 Llewelyn Jones Republican 89%
MT State House 48 Douglas Kary Republican 99%
MT State Senate 41 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 5%
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 42%
Dan Kennedy 78%
MT State House 58 Krayton Kerns Republican 58%
Harry Klock 100%
James Knox 92%
MT State House 36 Austin Knudsen Republican 96%
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican 100%
MT State Senate 50 Clifford Larsen Democratic 29%
MT State House 8 Steve Lavin Republican 100%
MT State Senate 42 Dave Lewis Republican 100%
Cleve Loney 99%
MT State House 54 Margie MacDonald Democratic 52%
Gary MacLaren 100%
MT State Senate 46 Sue Malek Democratic 40%
MT State House 40 Bill McChesney Democratic 68%
MT State House 75 Edith McClafferty Democratic 56%
Tom McGillvray 98%
MT State House 49 Mary McNally Democratic 57%
MT State House 44 Jonathan McNiven Republican 95%
Walter McNutt 97%
MT State House 26 Robert Mehlhoff Democratic 62%
Mike Menahan 47%
Mike Milburn 96%
MT State House 84 Mike Miller Republican 89%
MT State Senate 20 Erick Moore Republican 90%
Michael More 70%
Lynda Moss 21%
Carmine Mowbray 96%
MT State Senate 39 Terry Murphy Republican 99%
MT State House 73 Pat Noonan Democratic 52%
MT State House 18 Jesse O'Hara Republican 100%
MT State Senate 23 Alan Olson Republican 99%
MT State House 3 Jerry O'Neil Republican 79%
MT State House 29 Ryan Osmundson Republican 96%
MT State House 42 Carolyn Pease-Lopez Democratic 47%
MT State Senate 15 Jim Peterson Republican 97%
Kenneth Peterson 83%
MT State Senate 33 Mike Phillips Democratic 51%
MT State House 21 Jean Price Democratic 52%
MT State Senate 30 Jason Priest Republican 93%
MT State House 39 Lee Randall Republican 90%
Joe Read 98%
MT State House 5 Keith Regier Republican 100%
MT State House 9 Scott Reichner Republican 100%
Michele Reinhart 47%
MT State Senate 9 Rick Ripley Republican 94%
Donald Roberts 96%
MT State Senate 19 Matt Rosendale Republican 92%
MT State House 12 Daniel Salomon Republican 95%
Diane Sands 51%
Trudi Schmidt 48%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 57%
Jim Shockley 90%
Dan Skattum 88%
Derek Skees 84%
Sterling Small 91%
MT State House 55 Cary Smith Republican 100%
Frank Smith 51%
MT State Senate 4 Jon Sonju Republican 97%
MT State House 96 Carolyn Squires Democratic 52%
Wayne Stahl 98%
Donald Steinbeisser 94%
MT State Senate 21 Sharon Stewart-Peregoy Democratic 12%
MT State House 86 Kathy Swanson Democratic 57%
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 100%
MT State Senate 12 Mitch Tropila Democratic 23%
MT State Senate 3 Bruce Tutvedt Republican 98%
MT State House 67 Gordon Vance Republican 98%
MT State Senate 25 Kendall Van Dyk Democratic 31%
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican 100%
MT State Senate 43 Gene Vuckovich Democratic 48%
Bob Wagner 73%
MT State Senate 29 Edward Walker Republican 93%
MT State Senate 49 David Wanzenried Democratic 43%
MT State House 34 Wendy Warburton Republican 96%
MT State House 69 Ted Washburn Republican 96%
MT State House 72 Jeffrey Welborn Republican 94%
Carol Williams 27%
MT State House 65 Kathleen Williams Democratic 45%
MT State House 63 Franke Wilmer Democratic 57%
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 21%
MT State Senate 35 Art Wittich Republican 88%
Max Yates 77%
Ryan Zinke 92%

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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