Senator Mark Begich's Special Interest Group Ratings

Biographical

Full Name: Mark Begich
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate
Primary Aug. 19, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Deborah; 1 Child: Jacob
Birth Date: 03/30/1962
Birth Place: Anchorage, AK
Home City: Anchorage, AK
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Foreign Affairs

2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100% 2014 Peace Action West - Positions (June 3, 2014) 50% 2013 Bread for the World - Positions 86% 2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 42% 2013 Peace Action West - Positions (Nov. 20, 2013) 33% 2012 Arab American Institute - Positions on Arab-American Issues 13% 2012 Armenian National Committee of America - Positions 46% 2012 Bread for the World - Positions 100% 2012 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score 75% 2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67% 2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Foreign) 19% 2012 Peace Action - Positions 67% 2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 8% 2011-2012 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 33% 2011-2012 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 50% 2011-2012 USA Engage - Positions 38% 2011 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 55% 2011 Arab American Institute - Positions on Arab-American Issues 14% 2011 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score 64% 2011 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 60% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 33% 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 65% 2011 Peace Action West - Positions 42% 2010 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 10% 2010 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score A- 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 0% 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47% 2010 Peace Action - Positions 73% 2010 Peace Action West - Positions 73% 2009-2012 Council for a Livable World - Positions (Senate) 92% 2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 50% 2009-2010 Council for a Livable World - Positions 100% 2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -5% 2009-2010 USA Engage - Positions 50% 2009-2010 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 38% 2009 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 30% 2009 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 50% 2009 Latin America Working Group - Positions 50% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 0% 2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 55% 2009 Peace Action West - Positions 67% 2009 Resolve Uganda - Lifetime Score 50% 2007-2009 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score A- 2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 20%

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