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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 80%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 90%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 80%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 90%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 20%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 40%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 20%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 30%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 22%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 30%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 100%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 20%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 40%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 40%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 10%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 90%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 90%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 100%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 90%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 20%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 30%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 40%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 40%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 30%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 80%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 60%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 90%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 70%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 40%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 90%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 40%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 30%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 40%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 40%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 30%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 40%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 22%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 90%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 22%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 80%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 50%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 90%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 70%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 40%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 20%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 70%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 44%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 30%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 90%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 44%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 40%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 40%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 20%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 70%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 80%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 40%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 70%
Neil Abercrombie 30%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 90%
Gary Ackerman 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 60%
Wayne Allard 80%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 33%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 70%
Spencer Bachus 90%
Henry Scott Baesler 70%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 100%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 80%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 90%
Joe Barton 78%
Charlie Bass 90%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 100%
Max Baucus 70%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 60%
Douglas Bereuter 90%
Howard Berman 33%
Marion Berry 60%
Joe Biden, Jr. 70%
Brian Bilbray 80%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
Rod Blagojevich 40%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 67%
John Boehner 100%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 90%
David Edward Bonior 40%
Sonny Bono 90%
Robert Borski, Jr. 30%
Leonard Boswell 70%
Rick Boucher 40%
Barbara Boxer 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 80%
John Breaux 70%
Corrine Brown 44%
George Brown, Jr. 30%
Sam Brownback 100%
Richard Bryan 70%
Ed Bryant 100%
Dale Bumpers 40%
Jim Bunning 90%
Conrad Burns 78%
Dan Burton 80%
Steve Buyer 100%
Robert Byrd 40%
Herbert Callahan 90%
Dave Camp 100%
Ben Campbell 60%
Thomas Campbell 80%
Chris Cannon 90%
Walter Holden Capps 50%
Julia Carson 30%
Mike Castle 90%
John Chafee 100%
Saxby Chambliss 88%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 70%
Jon Lynn Christensen 100%
William Clay, Sr. 20%
Eva Clayton 40%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 80%
Robert Clement 80%
Dan Coats 50%
Howard Coble 90%
Thomas Coburn 78%
Thad Cochran 90%
Michael Collins 80%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 60%
Kent Conrad 50%
John Conyers, Jr. 30%
Merrill Cook 80%
John Cooksey 100%
Jerry Costello 40%
Paul Coverdell 90%
Christopher Cox 75%
William Coyne 20%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 80%
Philip Crane 80%
Barbara Cubin 71%
Randall Cunningham 100%
Alfonse D'Amato 70%
Patsy Ann Danner 70%
Thomas Daschle 60%
James Davis 60%
Thomas Davis III 100%
Nathan Deal 90%
Bill Delahunt 20%
Thomas DeLay 100%
Ronald Dellums 20%
Peter Deutsch 60%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 70%
Jay Dickey 80%
Norm Dicks 60%
John Dingell 50%
Julian Dixon 30%
Chris Dodd 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 90%

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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