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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Public Interest Research Group

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 90%
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 50%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 30%
MT State Senate 5 Bob Keenan Republican 20%
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 30%
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 40%
MT State Senate 10 Rick Ripley Republican 20%
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 80%
MT State Senate 25 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 26 Elsie Arntzen Republican 30%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 20%
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 20%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 70%
MT State Senate 40 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 100%
MT State Senate 50 Tom Facey Democratic 100%
MT Justice of the Supreme Court Seat 2 Mike Wheat Non-partisan 100%
MT Auditor Monica Lindeen Democratic 80%
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 100%
MT Council Member Ward 1 Brent Cromley 90%
MT Public Service Commissioner 3 Roger Koopman Republican 10%
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 10%
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican 10%
Joan Andersen 20%
Keith Bales 30%
Joe Balyeat 20%
John Balyeat 10%
Gregory Barkus 10%
Arlene Becker 100%
Bob Bergren 100%
Norma Bixby 100%
Jerry Black 20%
Gary Branae 100%
Roy Brown 20%
John Brueggeman 40%
Edward Butcher 10%
Rosalie Buzzas 100%
Terrence Callahan 100%
Margarett Campbell 100%
Paul Clark 100%
John Cobb 70%
Vicki Cocchiarella 70%
Mike Cooney 100%
Aubyn Curtiss 30%
Sue Dickenson 100%
Tim Dowell 100%
Emelie Kay Eaton 100%
Jon Ellingson 100%
Jim Elliott 90%
John Esp 20%
George Loren Everett 10%
Eve Franklin 100%
Kevin Furey 100%
David Gallik 100%
Steven Gallus 90%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 80%
Kelly Gebhardt 20%
Kim Gillan 90%
William Glaser 30%
George Golie 80%
Duane Grimes 30%
Wanda Grinde 100%
George Groesbeck 90%
Gail Gutsche 100%
Robin Hamilton 100%
Kenneth Hansen 80%
Dan Harrington 100%
Christopher Kirk Harris 100%
Robert Hawks 100%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 20%
Gordon Hendrick 20%
Teresa Henry 100%
Dennis Himmelberger 30%
Cynthia Hiner 100%
Verdell Jackson 20%
Hal Jacobson 100%
Joey Jayne 90%
Larry Jent 90%
Bill Jones 40%
Mike Jopek 100%
Carol Juneau 100%
Sam Kitzenberg 90%
Harry Klock 60%
Richard Laible 20%
Carol Lambert 50%
Michael Lange 20%
Lane Larson 90%
Jesse Laslovich 90%
Ralph Lenhart 90%
Dave Lewis 60%
Greg Lind 100%
Gary MacLaren 40%
Rick Maedje 20%
Bruce Malcolm 30%
Jeff Mangan 80%
Gary Matthews 70%
Dave McAlpin 100%
Daniel McGee 20%
Tom McGillvray 40%
Joe McKenney 40%
Walter McNutt 40%
Scott Mendenhall 30%
Mike Milburn 30%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 10%
Lynda Moss 100%
John Musgrove 100%
Mark Noennig 70%
Art Noonan 90%
Alan Olson 40%
Bernie Olson 60%
Jerry O'Neil 20%
John Parker 100%
Gerald Pease 100%
Gary Perry 50%
Jim Peterson 40%
Holly Raser 100%
Diane Rice 30%
Donald Roberts 40%
John Ross 20%
Glenn Roush 90%
Don Ryan 100%
Trudi Schmidt 90%
Jim Shockley 60%
John Sinrud 10%
Veronica Small-Eastman 100%
Frank Smith 80%
Jon Sonju 30%
Carolyn Squires 100%
Wayne Stahl 70%
Corey Stapleton 50%
Donald Steinbeisser 10%
Ronald Stoker 20%
Robert Story, Jr. 20%
Bill Tash 40%
Kenneth Toole, Jr. 100%
Joseph Tropila 100%
Pat Wagman 20%
Karl Waitschies 20%
David Wanzenried 100%
John Ward 40%
Bill Warden 50%
Dan Weinberg 100%
Jack Wells 10%
Carol Williams 90%
Bill Wilson 80%
Jeanne Windham 100%
Brady Wiseman 100%
John Witt 20%

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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