State Office Name Party Rating
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 100%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 17%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 17%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 27%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 100%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 100%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 23%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 100%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 23%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 23%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 23%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 100%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 100%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 23%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 100%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 23%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 100%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 23%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 100%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 100%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 100%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 17%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 100%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 100%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 23%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 23%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 80%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 31%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 23%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 31%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Wayne Allard 23%
John Ashcroft 23%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Bennett 23%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Kit Bond 17%
John Breaux 77%
Richard Bryan 100%
Jim Bunning 23%
Conrad Burns 31%
Robert Byrd 100%
Ben Campbell 25%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 100%
Kent Conrad 100%
Larry Craig 23%
Thomas Daschle 100%
Chris Dodd 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 17%
Byron Dorgan 100%
John Edwards 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 38%
William Frist 23%
Slade Gorton 23%
Daniel Graham 100%
William Phillip Gramm 23%
Rodney Grams 23%
Judd Gregg 23%
Jesse Helms 23%
Ernest Hollings 100%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 25%
Kay Hutchison 23%
Daniel Inouye 100%
James Merrill Jeffords 31%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Bob Kerrey 23%
Herb Kohl 100%
Jon Kyl 23%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Joe Lieberman 100%
Blanche Lincoln 100%
Trent Lott, Sr. 23%
Dick Lugar 27%
Connie Mack 23%
Patrick Moynihan 100%
Frank Murkowski 23%
Don Nickles 23%
Charles Robb 100%
William Roth, Jr. 25%
Rick Santorum 23%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Gordon Smith 23%
Bob Smith 23%
Olympia Snowe 23%
Arlen Specter 46%
Ted Stevens 23%
Craig Thomas 23%
Fred Thompson 23%
Strom Thurmond 23%
Robert Torricelli 100%
George Voinovich 23%
John Warner 23%
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.