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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for a Livable World

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 33%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 57%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 57%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 57%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 0%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 71%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 57%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 57%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 43%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 57%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 71%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 43%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 71%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 14%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 14%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 29%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 71%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 43%
Wayne Allard 29%
John Ashcroft 14%
Max Baucus 57%
Evan Bayh 71%
Bob Bennett 0%
Jeff Bingaman 57%
Kit Bond 14%
John Breaux 43%
Richard Bryan 57%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Robert Byrd 50%
Ben Campbell 0%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 43%
Kent Conrad 57%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Larry Craig 0%
Thomas Daschle 57%
Chris Dodd 43%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Byron Dorgan 43%
John Edwards 71%
Russ Feingold 86%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
William Frist 0%
Slade Gorton 0%
Daniel Graham 57%
William Phillip Gramm 29%
Rodney Grams 43%
Judd Gregg 0%
Jesse Helms 0%
Ernest Hollings 57%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 0%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Daniel Inouye 43%
James Merrill Jeffords 43%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 57%
Bob Kerrey 57%
Herb Kohl 71%
Jon Kyl 29%
Frank Lautenberg 57%
Joe Lieberman 57%
Blanche Lincoln 57%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 29%
Connie Mack 0%
Patrick Moynihan 57%
Frank Murkowski 0%
Don Nickles 0%
Charles Robb 86%
William Roth, Jr. 14%
Rick Santorum 14%
Paul Sarbanes 57%
Gordon Smith 43%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 0%
Arlen Specter 14%
Ted Stevens 0%
Craig Thomas 0%
Fred Thompson 14%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Robert Torricelli 71%
George Voinovich 14%
John Warner 0%
Paul Wellstone 100%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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