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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Secular Coalition for America

2009-2010 U.S. Senate Score

Issues: Religion
State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
Max Baucus 92%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 92%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 92%
Jeff Bingaman 92%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
Roland Burris 92%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 92%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 92%
Chris Dodd 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
Russ Feingold 92%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 92%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 92%
Daniel Inouye 92%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 92%
Ted Kaufman 92%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 92%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 92%
Herb Kohl 92%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 92%
Frank Lautenberg 92%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 92%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 92%
Blanche Lincoln 92%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 92%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 92%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 92%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 92%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 92%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 92%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 92%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 92%
Olympia Snowe 92%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 92%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 92%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 92%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
Jim Webb, Jr. 92%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 92%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 92%
Evan Bayh 67%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 67%
Kent Conrad 67%
Byron Dorgan 67%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 67%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 67%
Arlen Specter 67%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 42%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 42%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
Joe Lieberman 17%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 17%
Ben Nelson 17%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kit Bond 0%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
James DeMint 0%
John Ensign 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
Judd Gregg 0%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
Kay Hutchison 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 0%
Jon Kyl 0%
Dick Lugar 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 0%
George Voinovich 0%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 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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