Rating Group: Montana Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
ID State Senate - 2 Steve Vick Republican 8%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 73%
MT State House - 31 Frank Smith Democratic 58%
MT State House - 73 Jim Keane Democratic 64%
MT State Senate - 5 Bob Keenan Republican 27%
MT State Senate - 30 John Esp Republican 17%
MT Commissioner - 3 Don Ryan 100%
Darrel Adams 17%
Joan Andersen 0%
Keith Bales 0%
Joe Balyeat 8%
Debby Barrett 0%
Tom Beck 9%
Dorothy Berry 9%
Al Bishop 64%
Rodney Bitney 0%
Norma Bixby 92%
John Bohlinger 50%
Sylvia Bookout-Reinicke 8%
Gary Branae 83%
Dee Brown 8%
Roy Brown 17%
John Brueggeman 0%
Edward Butcher 9%
Rosalie Buzzas 92%
Terrence Callahan 75%
Eileen Carney 100%
B. F. Christiaens 91%
Gilda Clancy 0%
Edith Clark 0%
Paul Clark 83%
John Cobb 50%
Vicki Cocchiarella 70%
Mack Cole 9%
William Crismore 0%
Aubyn Curtiss 8%
Larry Cyr 91%
Richard Dale 0%
Bob Davies 8%
Thomas Dell 58%
Robert DePratu 9%
Ronald Devlin 0%
Steve Doherty 100%
Bill Eggers 100%
E. P. Ekegren 18%
Jon Ellingson 100%
Jim Elliott 100%
Alvin Ellis, Jr. 9%
Ron Erickson 100%
Tom Facey 100%
Stanley Fisher 17%
Gary Forrester 42%
Eve Franklin 100%
Nancy Rice Fritz 92%
Daniel Clint Fuchs 8%
David Gallik 100%
Steven Gallus 75%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 92%
Kim Gillan 83%
William Glaser 9%
George Golie 92%
Duane Grimes 9%
Lorents Grosfield 0%
Gail Gutsche 100%
Richard Haines 8%
Mike Halligan 91%
Don Hargrove 13%
Dan Harrington 82%
Christopher Kirk Harris 92%
Donald Hedges 0%
Dennis Himmelberger 8%
Linda Holden 8%
Ric Holden 0%
Joan Hurdle 92%
Verdell Jackson 18%
Hal Jacobson 100%
Joey Jayne 100%
Larry Jent 83%
Greg Jergeson 91%
Royal Johnson 45%
Carol Juneau 100%
Dave Kasten 0%
Christine Kaufmann 100%
Sam Kitzenberg 27%
Richard Laible 0%
Jesse Laslovich 75%
Jeff Laszloffy 8%
Bob Lawson 25%
Michelle Lee 83%
Larry Lehman 0%
Ralph Lenhart 50%
Dave Lewis 25%
Monica Lindeen 67%
Dale Mahlum 36%
Jeff Mangan 67%
Gay Ann Masolo 8%
Gary Matthews 25%
Matt McCann 50%
Bea McCarthy 73%
Daniel McGee 0%
State Office Name Party Rating
ID State Senate - 2 Steve Vick R 8%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 73%
MT State House - 31 Frank Smith D 58%
MT State House - 73 Jim Keane D 64%
MT State Senate - 5 Bob Keenan R 27%
MT State Senate - 30 John Esp R 17%
MT Commissioner - 3 Don Ryan 100%
Darrel Adams 17%
Joan Andersen 0%
Keith Bales 0%
Joe Balyeat 8%
Debby Barrett 0%
Tom Beck 9%
Dorothy Berry 9%
Al Bishop 64%
Rodney Bitney 0%
Norma Bixby 92%
John Bohlinger 50%
Sylvia Bookout-Reinicke 8%
Gary Branae 83%
Dee Brown 8%
Roy Brown 17%
John Brueggeman 0%
Edward Butcher 9%
Rosalie Buzzas 92%
Terrence Callahan 75%
Eileen Carney 100%
B. F. Christiaens 91%
Gilda Clancy 0%
Edith Clark 0%
Paul Clark 83%
John Cobb 50%
Vicki Cocchiarella 70%
Mack Cole 9%
William Crismore 0%
Aubyn Curtiss 8%
Larry Cyr 91%
Richard Dale 0%
Bob Davies 8%
Thomas Dell 58%
Robert DePratu 9%
Ronald Devlin 0%
Steve Doherty 100%
Bill Eggers 100%
E. P. Ekegren 18%
Jon Ellingson 100%
Jim Elliott 100%
Alvin Ellis, Jr. 9%
Ron Erickson 100%
Tom Facey 100%
Stanley Fisher 17%
Gary Forrester 42%
Eve Franklin 100%
Nancy Rice Fritz 92%
Daniel Clint Fuchs 8%
David Gallik 100%
Steven Gallus 75%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 92%
Kim Gillan 83%
William Glaser 9%
George Golie 92%
Duane Grimes 9%
Lorents Grosfield 0%
Gail Gutsche 100%
Richard Haines 8%
Mike Halligan 91%
Don Hargrove 13%
Dan Harrington 82%
Christopher Kirk Harris 92%
Donald Hedges 0%
Dennis Himmelberger 8%
Linda Holden 8%
Ric Holden 0%
Joan Hurdle 92%
Verdell Jackson 18%
Hal Jacobson 100%
Joey Jayne 100%
Larry Jent 83%
Greg Jergeson 91%
Royal Johnson 45%
Carol Juneau 100%
Dave Kasten 0%
Christine Kaufmann 100%
Sam Kitzenberg 27%
Richard Laible 0%
Jesse Laslovich 75%
Jeff Laszloffy 8%
Bob Lawson 25%
Michelle Lee 83%
Larry Lehman 0%
Ralph Lenhart 50%
Dave Lewis 25%
Monica Lindeen 67%
Dale Mahlum 36%
Jeff Mangan 67%
Gay Ann Masolo 8%
Gary Matthews 25%
Matt McCann 50%
Bea McCarthy 73%
Daniel McGee 0%
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