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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org

2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 67%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 33%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 67%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 100%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 100%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 67%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 50%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 67%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 100%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 0%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 67%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 67%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 67%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 67%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 67%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 67%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 67%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 33%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 67%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
John Adler 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 67%
Michael Arcuri 0%
Brian Baird 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 67%
Melissa Bean 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
John Boccieri 0%
Kit Bond 33%
Rick Boucher 0%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 100%
Bobby Bright 0%
Ginny Brown-Waite 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
Roland Burris 100%
Steve Buyer 0%
Joseph Cao 0%
Christopher Carney 0%
Mike Castle 0%
Travis Childers 0%
Kent Conrad 67%
Kathy Dahlkemper 100%
Artur Davis 0%
Lincoln Davis 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Chris Dodd 67%
Byron Dorgan 100%
Steve Driehaus 0%
Chet Edwards 0%
Vern Ehlers 0%
Brad Ellsworth 0%
John Ensign 33%
Bob Etheridge 0%
Russ Feingold 67%
Bart Gordon 0%
Judd Gregg 0%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 0%
John Hall 0%
Debbie Halvorson 0%
Phil Hare 0%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 0%
Baron Hill 0%
Paul Hodes 0%
Pete Hoekstra 100%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 0%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 100%
Ted Kaufman 100%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Mary Jo Kilroy 100%
Ron Klein 0%
Herb Kohl 67%
Suzanne Kosmas 0%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 0%
Jon Kyl 0%
Frank Lautenberg 100%
Joe Lieberman 67%
Blanche Lincoln 67%
John Linder 100%
Dick Lugar 0%
Betsy Markey 0%
Jim Marshall 0%
Michael McMahon 0%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 0%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 100%
Walt Minnick 0%
Harry Mitchell 0%
Alan Mollohan 0%
Dennis Moore 0%
Patrick Murphy 0%
Scott Murphy 0%
Ben Nelson 33%
Glenn Nye III 0%
Jim Oberstar 0%
Dave Obey 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 100%
Tom Perriello 0%
Earl Pomeroy 100%
George Radanovich 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mark Schauer 0%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 100%
Ike Skelton 0%
Olympia Snowe 67%
Vic Snyder 0%
Zack Space 0%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 0%
Bart Stupak 100%
John Tanner 100%
Gene Taylor 100%
Harry Teague 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
George Voinovich 67%
Diane Watson 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 67%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 0%

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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