Political Affairs and Federation Relations

The Political Affairs and Federation Relations division manages relationships with state and local chambers of commerce, trade associations and small businesses and has a membership presence in every state across the country.

We are focused on electing or re-electing pro-business candidates to Congress. That goal is supported by grassroots and lobbying programs to promote policy that positively affects businesses and the economy.

Chamber's 2019 How They Voted Scorecard Released

For more than 40 years, the How They Voted scorecard has been a critical component of the U.S. Chamber’s work.

Beginning with the current Congress, we revised our scorecard to more fully reward members of Congress for helping to advance pro-business policies while simultaneously encouraging members to reach the compromises necessary for effective governing.

The new scorecard is made up of three components:

 

1. Legislative Vote Score (80% of the total score)

This score functions like the current scorecard with one change: We now reserve the right to doubleweight votes so long as the decision to double-weight the vote is communicated to Capitol Hill in advance.

2. Legislative Leadership Score (10% of the total score)

This score is based on the number of Chamber-endorsed bills a member cosponsors and Chamber-opposed bills the member declines to cosponsor.

Example: If a Member co-sponsors 23 of 30 Chamber-endorsed bills and declines to sponsor all five Chamber opposed bills, her Legislative Leadership Score would be 80% (with the Chamber on 28 of 35 bills).

The Chamber will communicate to Capitol Hill its endorsement or opposition to bills and maintain a current list on USChamber.com.

3. Bipartisan Engagement Score (10% of total score)

This score is based on the share of bills (other than those formally opposed by the Chamber) cosponsored by the member that were introduced by members of the opposite party. This score is calculated relative to the member’s performance against all other members.

Example: If a Republican Member cosponsors 31 bills in total and 19 were introduced by Democrats, 62% of his cosponsored bills will be considered cross-party.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseNov 19, 2020 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Awards 15 Chambers of Commerce with Accreditation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting last week, awarded accreditation to 15 chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.

In the NewsNov 15, 2020 - 10:30am

LMT ONLINE: Oil and gas lobbyists optimistic about 2021

The chamber abstains from influencing presidential races, at least with direct support to a candidate, but Ashlee Rich Stephenson, vice president and national political director for the chamber, said the top priority for the organization’s policy agenda was to sustain Republican control of the Senate.

In the NewsNov 12, 2020 - 5:00pm

ALASKA NATIVE NEWS: U.S. Chamber Congratulates Sen. Dan Sullivan on Re-Election Victory

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce congratulated Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) on his tremendous victory in the race to represent Alaska in the United States Senate. The Chamber proudly endorsed Senator Sullivan in 2020 and have been honored to work directly with him on issues critical to the business community, job creators, and in support of America’s workforce.

Press ReleaseNov 11, 2020 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber Congratulates Sen. Dan Sullivan on Re-Election Victory

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce congratulated Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) on his tremendous victory in the race to represent Alaska in the United States Senate. The Chamber proudly endorsed Senator Sullivan in 2020 and have been honored to work directly with him on issues critical to the business community, job creators, and in support of America’s workforce.

Press ReleaseNov 10, 2020 - 4:45pm

U.S. Chamber Congratulates Sen. Thom Tillis on Re-Election Victory

Tonight, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce congratulated Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on his tremendous victory in the race to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate. The Chamber proudly endorsed Senator Tillis in 2020 and have been honored to work directly with him on issues critical to the business community, job creators, and in support of America’s workforce.

Press ReleaseNov 07, 2020 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Congratulates President-Elect Biden, Pledges to Help Break Through Gridlock to Drive Recovery

With major news outlets declaring the outcome of the presidential election, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement, which can be attributed to CEO Thomas J. Donohue.  

In the NewsNov 05, 2020 - 3:30pm

CBS NEWS: U.S. Chamber National Political Director Gives Political Update

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Ashlee Rich Stephenson joined CBSN to discuss how the group selected which candidates to endorse in the 2020 election as well as the group's partnership with the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the U.S.

Above the FoldNov 04, 2020 - 4:00pm
Stock Polling Lines Election

The Big Winners in the 2020 Election: Democracy, Bipartisanship, and Business

If last night’s election shows anything, it’s that the American democratic process is alive and well.

In the NewsNov 04, 2020 - 3:30pm

THE HILL: Axne wins reelection in Iowa

Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) won her reelection bid, fending off former GOP Rep. David Young's attempt to reclaim the seat in a close race.

Press ReleaseNov 04, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Congratulates Sen. Susan Collins on Re-Election Victory

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce congratulated Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on her tremendous victory in the race to represent Maine in the United States Senate. The Chamber proudly endorsed Senator Collins in 2020 and have been honored to work directly with her on issues critical to the business community, job creators, and in support of America’s workforce.