Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Foreign)

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 41%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 10%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 23%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 33%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 63%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Michael Bennet D 60%
CT U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Blumenthal D 85%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 68%
DE U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Coons D 85%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 82%
FL U.S. Senate-Jr Marco Rubio R 9%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 16%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 10%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 3%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 1%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 85%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 34%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 29%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 6%
KY U.S. Senate-Jr Rand Paul R 10%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Ben Cardin D 85%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 45%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 63%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar D 68%
MN U.S. Senate-Jr Al Franken D 85%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 85%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 39%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 30%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 16%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 53%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III R 16%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 15%
ND U.S. Senate-Sr John Hoeven R 35%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 68%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 85%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 85%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Dean Heller R 40%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 82%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 68%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 85%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 35%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 8%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 51%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 53%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 68%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 16%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 68%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 57%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 38%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 26%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 25%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 24%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 3%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 26%
UT U.S. Senate-Jr Mike Lee R 10%
VA U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Warner D 63%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 68%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 52%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 85%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 85%
WI U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Johnson R 6%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Joe Manchin III D 49%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 10%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 30%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 68%
Kelly Ayotte 35%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 16%
Max Baucus 46%
Mark Begich 68%
Jeff Bingaman 68%
Barbara Boxer 85%
Scott Brown 48%
Saxby Chambliss 16%
Dan Coats 28%
Thomas Coburn 16%
Kent Conrad 68%
James DeMint 2%
Kay Hagan 53%
Tom Harkin 85%
Daniel Inouye 61%
Mike Johanns 32%
Timothy Johnson 63%
John Kerry 63%
Herb Kohl 62%
Jon Kyl 3%
Mary Landrieu 57%
Frank Lautenberg 85%
Carl Levin 68%
Joe Lieberman 46%
Dick Lugar 43%
Barbara Mikulski 82%
Ben Nelson 53%
Mark Pryor 43%
Harry Reid 85%
Jay Rockefeller IV 81%
Olympia Snowe 42%
Mark Udall 68%
David Vitter 0%
Jim Webb, Jr. 57%

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