Rating Group: National Small Business Association

2009-2010 Positions (Senate Only)

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 50%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 50%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 50%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 50%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Michael Bennet D 50%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 50%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 50%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 50%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 50%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 50%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 50%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 50%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 50%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 50%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr David Vitter R 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 50%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 50%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 50%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 50%
MN U.S. Senate-Jr Al Franken DFL 50%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 50%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 50%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 50%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 50%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 50%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 50%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 50%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 50%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 50%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 50%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 50%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 50%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 50%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 50%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 50%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 50%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 50%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 50%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 50%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 50%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 50%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 50%
VA U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Warner D 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 50%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 50%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 50%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 50%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 50%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Max Baucus 50%
Evan Bayh 50%
Mark Begich 50%
Bob Bennett 50%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
Kit Bond 50%
Scott Brown 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Roland Burris 50%
Robert Byrd 0%
Saxby Chambliss 50%
Thomas Coburn 50%
Kent Conrad 50%
James DeMint 50%
Chris Dodd 50%
Byron Dorgan 50%
John Ensign 50%
Russ Feingold 50%
Carte Goodwin 100%
Judd Gregg 50%
Kay Hagan 50%
Tom Harkin 50%
Kay Hutchison 50%
Daniel Inouye 50%
Mike Johanns 50%
Timothy Johnson 50%
Ted Kaufman 50%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 0%
Herb Kohl 50%
Jon Kyl 50%
Mary Landrieu 50%
Frank Lautenberg 50%
George LeMieux 100%
Carl Levin 50%
Joe Lieberman 50%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
Dick Lugar 50%
Ben Nelson 50%
Mark Pryor 50%
Jay Rockefeller IV 50%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Arlen Specter 50%
Mark Udall 50%
George Voinovich 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 50%

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