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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MI U.S. Senate Jr Gary Peters Democratic 56%
MI State Senate 31 Mike Green Republican 91%
MI Attorney General Bill Schuette Republican 89%
MI Council Member Ward 3 Joanne Voorhees Republican 76%
MI Commissioner 3 Martha Scott 45%
MI Commissioner 6 Burton Leland 46%
MI Commissioner 9 Dale Shugars Republican 95%
MI Commissioner 11 Michael Hanley 46%
MI Commissioner 14 Raymond Basham 50%
MI Commissioner 17 Nancy Quarles Democratic 39%
Jason Allen 56%
Laura Baird 43%
Loren Bennett 80%
Patricia Birkholz 96%
Rose Bogardus 42%
Elizabeth Brater 52%
Lingg Brewer 36%
Bob Brown 42%
Willis Bullard, Jr. 84%
William Byl 83%
Dianne Byrum 63%
William Callahan 39%
Nancy Cassis 83%
Deborah Cherry 46%
John Cherry, Jr. 56%
Kenneth DeBeaussaert 65%
Dan DeGrow 90%
Eileen DeHart 38%
Larry DeVuyst 83%
Christopher Dingell 65%
Mat Dunaskiss 85%
Robert Emerson 39%
Joanne Gregory Emmons 89%
A. T. Frank 38%
Harry Gast 90%
Terry Geiger 86%
Patricia A. K. Godchaux 83%
Michael Goschka 46%
Joel Gougeon 80%
Derrick Hale 43%
Beverly Hammerstrom 83%
George Zaven Hart 65%
Philip Edward Hoffman 78%
Mark Jansen 83%
David Jaye 67%
Ron Jelinek 96%
Jon Jellema 82%
R. Shirley Johnson 88%
Thomas Kelly 50%
Kwame Kilpatrick 50%
Don Koivisto 72%
Edward LaForge 50%
Gerald Law 95%
George Mans 60%
Lynne Martinez 46%
George McManus, Jr. 89%
Mary Ann Middaugh 91%
Arthur Miller, Jr. 65%
Raymond Murphy 43%
Walter North 90%
Charles Perricone 88%
Hubert Price, Jr. 50%
Michael Prusi 38%
Ray Raczkowski 88%
Andrew Richner 96%
Vera Rison 48%
Sue Rocca 79%
Mike Rogers 90%
Mark Schauer 50%
Gloria Schermesser 42%
John Schwarz 85%
Judith Scranton 86%
Kenneth Sikkema 83%
Alma Smith 50%
Virgil Clark Smith, Jr. 60%
Keith Stallworth 38%
Glenn Steil, Jr. 80%
Leon Stille 89%
Paul Tesanovich 33%
Samuel Thomas III 58%
William VanRegenmorter 83%
Edward Vaughn 50%
Jackie Vaughn III 58%
Paul Wojno 38%
Joseph Young, Jr. 60%

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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