Rating Group: National Small Business Association

2009-2010 Positions (Senate Only)

State Office Name Party Rating
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%
Jim Bunning 0%
Roland Burris 50%
Robert Byrd 0%
Saxby Chambliss 50%
Thomas Coburn 50%
Kent Conrad 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%
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%
Barbara Mikulski 50%
Ben Nelson 50%
Mark Pryor 50%
Harry Reid 50%
Jay Rockefeller IV 50%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Arlen Specter 50%
Mark Udall 50%
David Vitter 100%
George Voinovich 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 50%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Michael Bennet D 50%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 50%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 50%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Ben Cardin D 50%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 50%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 50%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 50%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar D 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 50%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 50%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 50%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 50%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 50%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 50%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 50%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 50%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 50%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 50%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 50%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 50%
VA U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Warner D 50%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 50%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 50%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 50%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 50%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 50%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 50%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 50%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 50%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 50%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 50%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 50%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 50%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 50%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 50%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 50%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 50%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 50%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 50%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 50%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 50%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 50%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 50%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 50%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III R 50%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 50%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 50%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 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.

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