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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Small Business Association

2009-2010 Positions (Senate Only)

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

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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