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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Chamber of Commerce

2011 Positions

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

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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