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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Chamber of Commerce

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney Democratic 24%
MT State House 23 Bradley Maxon Hamlett Democratic 65%
MT State House 26 Mitch Tropila Democratic 37%
MT State House 32 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 48%
MT State House 37 Lee Randall Republican 91%
MT State House 42 Sharon Stewart-Peregoy Democratic 29%
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 100%
MT State House 73 Jim Keane Democratic 41%
MT State House 93 John Fleming Democratic 44%
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican 100%
MT State Senate 2 Dee Brown Republican 98%
MT State Senate 3 Keith Regier Republican 98%
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican 96%
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 100%
MT State Senate 12 Carlie Boland Democratic 20%
MT State Senate 13 Brian Hoven Republican 85%
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican 98%
MT State Senate 26 Margie MacDonald Democratic 18%
MT State Senate 27 Cary Smith Republican 96%
MT State Senate 29 David Howard Republican 85%
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic 17%
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic 15%
MT State Senate 34 Gordon Vance Republican 98%
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 95%
MT State Senate 36 Jeffrey Welborn Republican 98%
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 23%
MT State Senate 38 Edith McClafferty Democratic 24%
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 7%
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 11%
MT State Senate 45 Dick Barrett Democratic 9%
MT State Senate 46 Sue Malek Democratic 26%
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic 28%
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 30%
MT Commissioner 1 Ray Hawk 85%
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican 98%
NA U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Republican 92%
Shannon Augare 31%
Keith Bales 100%
Joe Balyeat 98%
Gregory Barkus 100%
Debby Barrett 97%
Russell Bean 98%
Paul Beck 53%
William Beck, Sr. 100%
Arlene Becker 17%
Tony Belcourt 37%
Gerald Bennett 73%
Bob Bergren 13%
Tom Berry 98%
Jerry Black 100%
Anders Blewett 11%
Joel Boniek 95%
Gary Branae 25%
John Brenden 97%
Roy Brown 100%
Taylor Brown 98%
John Brueggeman 89%
Edward Butcher 100%
Forrestina Calf Boss Ribs 21%
Margarett Campbell 30%
Aubyn Curtiss 93%
Sue Dickenson 12%
Robyn Driscoll 22%
Robert Ebinger, Jr. 60%
Ron Erickson 8%
John Esp 87%
Julie French 32%
Tim Furey 32%
Steven Gallus 45%
Kelly Gebhardt 94%
Dennis Getz 53%
Kim Gillan 31%
William Glaser 75%
Wanda Grinde 24%
Robin Hamilton 27%
Betsy Hands 17%
Kenneth Hansen 29%
Robert Hawks 17%
Gordon Hendrick 98%
Teresa Henry 13%
Dennis Himmelberger 100%
Cynthia Hiner 45%
Greg Hinkle 100%
Roy Hollandsworth 88%
Galen Hollenbaugh 8%
Chuck Hunter 58%
Pat Ingraham 98%
Verdell Jackson 100%
Larry Jent 38%
Mike Jopek 20%
Carol Juneau 15%
Dave Kasten 95%
Christine Kaufmann 0%
Krayton Kerns 87%
Harry Klock 98%
Deborah Kottel 27%
Richard Laible 97%
Bob Lake 100%
Clifford Larsen 38%
Jesse Laslovich 43%
Dave Lewis 98%
Gary MacLaren 100%
Dave McAlpin 5%
Bill McChesney 50%
Daniel McGee 93%
Tom McGillvray 93%
Walter McNutt 100%
Robert Mehlhoff 38%
Mike Menahan 16%
Scott Mendenhall 100%
Mike Milburn 94%
Mike Miller 93%
Michael More 80%
Penny Armstrong Morgan 85%
Lynda Moss 16%
Terry Murphy 100%
Art Noonan 20%
Pat Noonan 24%
Bill Nooney 98%
Jesse O'Hara 98%
Carolyn Pease-Lopez 30%
Gary Perry 100%
Jim Peterson 100%
Kenneth Peterson 64%
Scott Reichner 96%
Michele Reinhart 12%
Rick Ripley 82%
Donald Roberts 83%
J. Roundstone 31%
Trudi Schmidt 21%
Jim Shockley 75%
Jon Sonju 98%
Carolyn Squires 24%
Wayne Stahl 86%
Cheryl Steenson 65%
Donald Steinbeisser 100%
Ronald Stoker 96%
Robert Story, Jr. 94%
Janna Taylor 96%
Joseph Tropila 46%
Bruce Tutvedt 100%
Kendall Van Dyk 10%
Bob Wagner 83%
David Wanzenried 21%
Wendy Warburton 91%
Ted Washburn 88%
Carol Williams 29%
Franke Wilmer 12%
Bill Wilson 29%
Brady Wiseman 30%

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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