Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Composite Score)

Issues: Liberal
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 43%
AK U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Begich D 64%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 18%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 19%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 52%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 24%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 27%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 76%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 87%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 66%
CO U.S. Senate-Jr Michael Bennet D 57%
CT U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Blumenthal D 91%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 68%
DE U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Coons D 85%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 75%
FL U.S. Senate-Jr Marco Rubio R 17%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 15%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 19%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 26%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 83%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 13%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 4%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 89%
IN U.S. Senate-Sr Daniel Coats R 28%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 26%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 28%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 17%
KY U.S. Senate-Jr Rand Paul R 9%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 56%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 15%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 82%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 88%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 45%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 77%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 67%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 72%
MN U.S. Senate-Jr Al Franken DFL 89%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 63%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 28%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 32%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 27%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 55%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 71%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 20%
NC U.S. Senate-Jr Kay Hagan D 55%
ND U.S. Senate-Sr John Hoeven R 38%
NE U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Johanns R 31%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 80%
NH U.S. Senate-Jr Kelly Ayotte R 31%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 83%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 91%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 88%
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 39%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 79%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 85%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 88%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 29%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 15%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 15%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 68%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 69%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 64%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 7%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 85%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 79%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 29%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 79%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 19%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 34%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 30%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 6%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 13%
UT U.S. Senate-Jr Mike Lee R 10%
VA U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Warner D 58%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 77%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 71%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 89%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 85%
WI U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Johnson R 8%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 80%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Manchin III D 48%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 12%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Max Baucus 56%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
Scott Brown 46%
Kent Conrad 68%
James DeMint 7%
Kay Hutchison 28%
Daniel Inouye 76%
Herb Kohl 70%
Jon Kyl 17%
Frank Lautenberg 88%
Joe Lieberman 54%
Dick Lugar 41%
Ben Nelson 51%
Olympia Snowe 43%
Jim Webb, Jr. 63%

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