Rating Group: Montana Public Interest Research Group

2005 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 90%
MT State House - 18 Llewelyn Jones Republican 40%
MT State House - 31 Frank Smith Democratic 80%
MT State House - 32 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 80%
MT State House - 73 Jim Keane Democratic 70%
MT State House - 81 Mary Caferro Democratic 100%
MT State Senate - 5 Bob Keenan Republican 20%
MT State Senate - 23 Tom McGillvray Republican 40%
MT State Senate - 30 John Esp Republican 20%
MT State Senate - 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 100%
MT Commissioner - 1 Ray Hawk 10%
MT Commissioner - 3 Don Ryan 100%
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen Republican 30%
Joan Andersen 20%
Keith Bales 30%
Joe Balyeat 20%
John Balyeat 10%
Gregory Barkus 10%
Debby Barrett 20%
Arlene Becker 100%
Bob Bergren 100%
Norma Bixby 100%
Jerry Black 20%
Gary Branae 100%
Dee Brown 30%
Roy Brown 20%
John Brueggeman 40%
Edward Butcher 10%
Rosalie Buzzas 100%
Terrence Callahan 100%
Margarett Campbell 100%
Paul Clark 100%
John Cobb 70%
Vicki Cocchiarella 70%
Mike Cooney 100%
Brent Cromley 90%
Aubyn Curtiss 30%
Sue Dickenson 100%
Tim Dowell 100%
Robyn Driscoll 100%
Emelie Kay Eaton 100%
Jon Ellingson 100%
Jim Elliott 90%
Jeffrey Essmann 50%
George Loren Everett 10%
Tom Facey 100%
Eve Franklin 100%
Kevin Furey 100%
David Gallik 100%
Steven Gallus 90%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 80%
Kelly Gebhardt 20%
Kim Gillan 90%
William Glaser 30%
George Golie 80%
Duane Grimes 30%
Wanda Grinde 100%
George Groesbeck 90%
Gail Gutsche 100%
Robin Hamilton 100%
Kenneth Hansen 80%
Dan Harrington 100%
Christopher Kirk Harris 100%
Robert Hawks 100%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 20%
Gordon Hendrick 20%
Teresa Henry 100%
Dennis Himmelberger 30%
Cynthia Hiner 100%
Verdell Jackson 20%
Hal Jacobson 100%
Joey Jayne 90%
Larry Jent 90%
Bill Jones 40%
Mike Jopek 100%
Carol Juneau 100%
Christine Kaufmann 100%
Sam Kitzenberg 90%
Harry Klock 60%
Roger Koopman 10%
Richard Laible 20%
Bob Lake 10%
Carol Lambert 50%
Michael Lange 20%
Lane Larson 90%
Jesse Laslovich 90%
Ralph Lenhart 90%
Dave Lewis 60%
Greg Lind 100%
Monica Lindeen 80%
Gary MacLaren 40%
Rick Maedje 20%
Bruce Malcolm 30%
Jeff Mangan 80%
Gary Matthews 70%
Dave McAlpin 100%
Daniel McGee 20%
Joe McKenney 40%
Walter McNutt 40%
Scott Mendenhall 30%
State Office Name Party Rating
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 90%
MT State House - 18 Llewelyn Jones R 40%
MT State House - 31 Frank Smith D 80%
MT State House - 32 Jonathan Windy Boy D 80%
MT State House - 73 Jim Keane D 70%
MT State House - 81 Mary Caferro D 100%
MT State Senate - 5 Bob Keenan R 20%
MT State Senate - 23 Tom McGillvray R 40%
MT State Senate - 30 John Esp R 20%
MT State Senate - 42 Jill Cohenour D 100%
MT Commissioner - 1 Ray Hawk 10%
MT Commissioner - 3 Don Ryan 100%
MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen R 30%
Joan Andersen 20%
Keith Bales 30%
Joe Balyeat 20%
John Balyeat 10%
Gregory Barkus 10%
Debby Barrett 20%
Arlene Becker 100%
Bob Bergren 100%
Norma Bixby 100%
Jerry Black 20%
Gary Branae 100%
Dee Brown 30%
Roy Brown 20%
John Brueggeman 40%
Edward Butcher 10%
Rosalie Buzzas 100%
Terrence Callahan 100%
Margarett Campbell 100%
Paul Clark 100%
John Cobb 70%
Vicki Cocchiarella 70%
Mike Cooney 100%
Brent Cromley 90%
Aubyn Curtiss 30%
Sue Dickenson 100%
Tim Dowell 100%
Robyn Driscoll 100%
Emelie Kay Eaton 100%
Jon Ellingson 100%
Jim Elliott 90%
Jeffrey Essmann 50%
George Loren Everett 10%
Tom Facey 100%
Eve Franklin 100%
Kevin Furey 100%
David Gallik 100%
Steven Gallus 90%
Kathleen Galvin-Halcro 80%
Kelly Gebhardt 20%
Kim Gillan 90%
William Glaser 30%
George Golie 80%
Duane Grimes 30%
Wanda Grinde 100%
George Groesbeck 90%
Gail Gutsche 100%
Robin Hamilton 100%
Kenneth Hansen 80%
Dan Harrington 100%
Christopher Kirk Harris 100%
Robert Hawks 100%
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 20%
Gordon Hendrick 20%
Teresa Henry 100%
Dennis Himmelberger 30%
Cynthia Hiner 100%
Verdell Jackson 20%
Hal Jacobson 100%
Joey Jayne 90%
Larry Jent 90%
Bill Jones 40%
Mike Jopek 100%
Carol Juneau 100%
Christine Kaufmann 100%
Sam Kitzenberg 90%
Harry Klock 60%
Roger Koopman 10%
Richard Laible 20%
Bob Lake 10%
Carol Lambert 50%
Michael Lange 20%
Lane Larson 90%
Jesse Laslovich 90%
Ralph Lenhart 90%
Dave Lewis 60%
Greg Lind 100%
Monica Lindeen 80%
Gary MacLaren 40%
Rick Maedje 20%
Bruce Malcolm 30%
Jeff Mangan 80%
Gary Matthews 70%
Dave McAlpin 100%
Daniel McGee 20%
Joe McKenney 40%
Walter McNutt 40%
Scott Mendenhall 30%
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