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 How They Voted Scorecard released at the 2019 State of American Business Address

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 are revising 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.

Previously, a member’s annual How They Voted score solely reflected how consistently he or she voted with the Chamber’s position on legislation identified as important to the business community.

The Chamber will produce individual report cards for all members that will show how the member compares to the rest of the Congress, their party, and their delegation.

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

In the NewsFeb 18, 2020 - 11:30am

DAILY 202: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will endorse Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar in Texas

The seven-term congressman is facing a vigorous challenge on his left from Jessica Cisneros in a March 3 primary. Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration attorney, has endorsements from women’s groups like EMILY’s List, environmental groups like the Sierra Club and national liberal leaders like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The U.S. Chamber joins the Koch-backed group Libre Initiative Action, which endorsed Cuellar on Friday.

In the NewsFeb 06, 2020 - 5:00pm

Wausau Daily Herald: U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Tom Tiffany

Ashlee Rich Stephenson, the vice president and national political director for the organization, said they chose to back Tiffany based on his accomplishments in Wisconsin's Senate. "Tom is a proven leader with tremendous accomplishments standing up for the hardworking citizens of Wisconsin," she said. "Business and workers alike will benefit when Tom Tiffany is elected to the United States Congress.”

In the NewsFeb 06, 2020 - 10:30am

WAOW NEWS: U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Tom Tiffany for U.S. Congress

The U.S Chamber of Commerce announced full support and endorsement of Republican Senator Tom Tiffany who's running for the 7th Congressional District.

In the NewsFeb 06, 2020 - 10:15am

WSAW NEWS: Outside spending, campaign fundraising narrowly separates GOP 7th Congressional candidates

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which endorsed Tiffany Thursday, also announced a "six-figure ad buy" in his support earlier this week, but did not disclose the full amount. Neither Democrat candidate in the race has yet attracted any outside spenders.

In the NewsFeb 05, 2020 - 12:45pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL HOTLINE: Outside Money Pours Into TX-28 Primary

The latest player is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is throwing its weight behind Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) as he tries to fend off a challenge from attorney Jessica Cisneros (D). The Chamber joins two other outside group[s] that have already spent big in the primary.

In the NewsFeb 05, 2020 - 12:30pm

MORNING SCORE: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting involved in a Democratic primary

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting involved in a Democratic primary. The Chamber launched a Spanish-language ad in TX-28, boosting Rep. Henry Cuellar as he tries to hold off Jessica Cisneros, The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel reported. The ad, which does not mention Cisneros, praises Cuellar over USMCA’s passage and says he’s fighting for “jobs created by the auto industry.”

In the NewsFeb 04, 2020 - 2:45pm

MORNING SCORE: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind Tom Tiffany

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind Republican Tom Tiffany in the WI-07 special election, launching a television buy supporting the state senator. The ad, which is the Chamber’s first of 2020, is backed by what the Chamber calls a “substantial six-figure” buy in Wausau on broadcast and cable district-wide. “Tom Tiffany fights to protect our timber industry,” the ad’s narrator says. “In the state Senate, Tiffany fought tirelessly against job-killing regulations.” Tiffany is running against Jason Church in the GOP primary.

In the NewsFeb 04, 2020 - 12:30pm


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Rep. Henry Cuellar for reelection in Texas's 28th Congressional District, one month ahead of a primary where he's being challenged from the left by immigration lawyer Jessica Cisneros. The Chamber has supported Cuellar before, and local chambers are echoing the endorsement, but what's new for 2020 is a Chamber-backed ad campaign on Cuellar's behalf.

In the NewsFeb 04, 2020 - 12:30pm

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Outside money floods Cuellar primary, with U.S. Chamber of Commerce latest to join the fray

Now the U.S. Chamber is teaming up with the Laredo Chamber and Texas Association of Business to defend Cuellar against Cisneros, a Laredo attorney backed by Justice Democrats, the insurgent progressive group known for helping elect freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

In the NewsFeb 03, 2020 - 10:15am

WISPOLITICS: U.S. Chamber launches TV buy praising Tiffany ahead of 7th CD primary

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced a new TV ad praising 7th CD GOP candidate Tom Tiffany for supporting the timber industry.