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Richard 'Dick' Lawrence Saslaw

Richard 'Dick' Lawrence Saslaw's Ratings and Endorsements

Full Name: Richard 'Dick' Lawrence Saslaw
Current Office: State Senate - District 35, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/1979
Last Elected: 11/08/2011
Next Election: 2015

Business and Consumers

2013 Virginia Chamber of Commerce - Positions 81%
2013 Virginia FREE - Positions 100%
2013 Virginia FREE - Lifetime Score 73%
2012-2013 Virginia National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 55%
2012 Virginia Chamber of Commerce - Positions 82%
2012 Virginia FREE - Lifetime Score 70%
2012 Virginia FREE - Voting Positions 85%
2012 Virginia FREE - Business Rating 81%
2012 Virginia FREE - Stewardship Score 77%
2012 Virginia FREE - Effectiveness Score 87%
2011-2012 Montana National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 21%
2010-2011 Virginia National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 64%
2010 Virginia FREE - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 71
2010 Virginia FREE - Effectiveness Score 89
2010 Virginia FREE - Stewardship Score 78
2010 Virginia FREE - Positions 64%
2009 Virginia FREE - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 77
2009 Virginia FREE - Positions 73%
2009 Virginia FREE - Stewardship Score 80
2009 Virginia FREE - Effectiveness Score 86
2008 Virginia FREE - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 57
2007 Virginia FREE - Positions 72%
2006-2007 Virginia National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 86%
2005 Virginia Chamber of Commerce - Positions 64%
2005 Virginia FREE - Positions 64%
2004 Virginia FREE - Positions 65%
2003 Virginia FREE - Positions 61%
2002-2003 Virginia Chamber of Commerce - Positions 44%
2002 Virginia FREE - Positions 77%
2001 Virginia FREE - Positions 74%
2000-2001 Virginia Chamber of Commerce - Positions 74%
2000-2001 Virginia National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50%
2000 Virginia FREE - Positions 73%
1999 Virginia Chamber of Commerce - Positions 76%
1999 Virginia FREE - Survey and Legislative Action Score 74
1998-1999 Virginia National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
1998 Virginia Chamber of Commerce - Positions 69%
1997 Virginia FREE - Survey and Legislative Action Score 64
1996-1997 Virginia National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 63%

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

2013 Equality Virginia - Positions 100%
2012 Equality Virginia - Positions 75%

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