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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Donald Young Republican 81%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 77%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 19%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 23%
CO Commissioner 2 Scott McInnis 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 19%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 20%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 94%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 19%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 92%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 27%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 25%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 19%
IN Council Member At-Large John Myers Republican 91%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 94%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 85%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 81%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 6%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 22%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 31%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 94%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 63%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 25%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 19%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 25%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 69%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 6%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 20%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 19%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 31%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 13%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 94%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 33%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 85%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 38%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 20%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 19%
PA U.S. House 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 44%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 31%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 27%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 19%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 31%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 23%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 19%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 17%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 81%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett 25%
Neil Abercrombie 25%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 92%
Gary Ackerman 31%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 31%
Wayne Allard 100%
Rob Andrews 31%
Bill Archer 94%
Richard Armey 94%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 94%
Henry Scott Baesler 40%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 92%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
William Baker 96%
Cass Ballenger 100%
James Barcia 60%
Bob Barr, Jr. 94%
Bill Barrett 94%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 88%
Charlie Bass 100%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 94%
Max Baucus 46%
Anthony Beilenson 17%
Bob Bennett 92%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 31%
Douglas Bereuter 81%
Howard Berman 19%
Tom Bevill 67%
Joe Biden, Jr. 46%
Brian Bilbray 94%
Michael Bilirakis 94%
Jeff Bingaman 15%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Peter Blute 92%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
John Boehner 94%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 94%
David Edward Bonior 19%
Sonny Bono 94%
Robert Borski, Jr. 20%
Rick Boucher 44%
Barbara Boxer 23%
Bill Bradley 21%
John Breaux 62%
Corrine Brown 31%
George Brown, Jr. 25%
Hank Brown 100%
Sam Brownback 93%
Richard Bryan 38%
Ed Bryant 100%
John Bryant 30%
Dale Bumpers 17%
Jim Bunn 96%
Jim Bunning 81%
Conrad Burns 85%
Dan Burton 94%
Steve Buyer 94%
Robert Byrd 23%
Herbert Callahan 100%
Dave Camp 100%
Ben Campbell 82%
Thomas Campbell 88%
Mike Castle 88%
John Chafee 92%
Saxby Chambliss 100%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 88%
Jon Lynn Christensen 88%
Dick Chrysler 100%
William Clay, Sr. 19%
Eva Clayton 13%
Robert Clement 50%
Dan Coats 100%
Howard Coble 88%
Thomas Coburn 80%
Thad Cochran 91%
William Cohen 61%
Ronald Coleman 29%
Barbara-Rose Collins 5%
Cardiss Collins 10%
Michael Collins 94%
Larry Combest 100%
Gary Condit 63%
Kent Conrad 23%
John Conyers, Jr. 13%
Wes Cooley 96%
Jerry Costello 25%
Paul Coverdell 92%
Christopher Cox 88%
William Coyne 19%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 63%
Philip Crane 100%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 100%
Barbara Cubin 100%
Randall Cunningham 81%
Alfonse D'Amato 69%
Patsy Ann Danner 56%
Thomas Daschle 38%
Thomas Davis III 94%
Nathan Deal 81%
Eligio de la Garza II 45%
Thomas DeLay 93%
Ronald Dellums 0%
Peter Deutsch 53%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
Jay Dickey 100%
Norm Dicks 19%
John Dingell 31%
Julian Dixon 19%
Chris Dodd 38%
Robert Dole 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 83%
Calvin Dooley 44%
John Doolittle 94%
Byron Dorgan 38%
Robert Dornan 96%
David Dreier 100%
John Duncan, Jr. 88%
Jennifer Dunn 100%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 94%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 94%
Bill Emerson 100%
Philip English 88%
John Ensign 88%
Lane Evans 19%
Terry Everett 94%

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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