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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Chamber of Commerce

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 43%
MT Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney Democratic 43%
MT State House 32 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 38%
MT State House 73 Jim Keane Democratic 31%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 69%
MT State Senate 5 Bob Keenan Republican 100%
MT State Senate 16 Frank Smith Democratic 23%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 46%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 23%
MT State Senate 50 Tom Facey Democratic 23%
MT Secretary of State Corey Stapleton Republican 100%
MT Justice of the Supreme Court Seat 2 Mike Wheat Non-partisan 43%
MT Council Member Ward 1 Brent Cromley 50%
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 77%
Joan Andersen 100%
Keith Bales 100%
Joe Balyeat 62%
Gregory Barkus 100%
Debby Barrett 100%
Arlene Becker 31%
Bob Bergren 54%
Norma Bixby 18%
Jerry Black 100%
Gary Branae 38%
Roy Brown 92%
John Brueggeman 100%
Rosalie Buzzas 15%
Terrence Callahan 15%
Paul Clark 23%
John Cobb 50%
Vicki Cocchiarella 71%
Aubyn Curtiss 93%
Sue Dickenson 23%
Tim Dowell 23%
Jon Ellingson 43%
Jim Elliott 43%
John Esp 100%
George Loren Everett 77%
Eve Franklin 31%
David Gallik 31%
Steven Gallus 31%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 15%
Kelly Gebhardt 100%
Kim Gillan 55%
George Golie 38%
Duane Grimes 93%
Gail Gutsche 8%
Kenneth Hansen 50%
Dan Harrington 57%
Christopher Kirk Harris 15%
Verdell Jackson 92%
Hal Jacobson 38%
Joey Jayne 15%
Larry Jent 23%
Carol Juneau 8%
Christine Kaufmann 8%
Sam Kitzenberg 71%
Richard Laible 93%
Bob Lake 92%
Carol Lambert 92%
Michael Lange 85%
Jesse Laslovich 54%
Ralph Lenhart 100%
Dave Lewis 77%
Monica Lindeen 38%
Rick Maedje 92%
Bruce Malcolm 77%
Jeff Mangan 57%
Gary Matthews 100%
Daniel McGee 100%
Joe McKenney 100%
Scott Mendenhall 100%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 100%
John Musgrove 31%
Mark Noennig 85%
Alan Olson 100%
Bernie Olson 100%
Jerry O'Neil 79%
John Parker 31%
Gerald Pease 71%
Gary Perry 92%
Jim Peterson 100%
Holly Raser 23%
Diane Rice 100%
Rick Ripley 92%
Donald Roberts 100%
John Ross 85%
Glenn Roush 79%
Don Ryan 57%
Trudi Schmidt 43%
Jim Shockley 62%
John Sinrud 67%
Veronica Small-Eastman 31%
Carolyn Squires 50%
Donald Steinbeisser 92%
Ronald Stoker 77%
Robert Story, Jr. 100%
Bill Tash 100%
Kenneth Toole, Jr. 29%
Joseph Tropila 64%
Pat Wagman 100%
Karl Waitschies 100%
David Wanzenried 23%
Bill Wilson 31%
John Witt 100%

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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