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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

1993-1994 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 32%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 44%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 55%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 29%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 48%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 34%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 29%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 44%
Max Baucus 64%
Bob Bennett 37%
Joe Biden, Jr. 48%
Jeff Bingaman 59%
Kit Bond 58%
David Boren 83%
Barbara Boxer 13%
Bill Bradley 32%
John Breaux 56%
Hank Brown 27%
Richard Bryan 59%
Dale Bumpers 63%
Conrad Burns 44%
Robert Byrd 4%
Ben Campbell 64%
John Chafee 72%
Dan Coats 24%
Thad Cochran 44%
William Cohen 61%
Kent Conrad 47%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Larry Craig 37%
Alfonse D'Amato 58%
John Danforth 53%
Thomas Daschle 58%
Dennis DeConcini 53%
Chris Dodd 46%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 73%
Byron Dorgan 43%
Dave Durenberger 75%
Jim Exon 56%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 37%
Russ Feingold 15%
Wendell Ford 40%
John Glenn 43%
Slade Gorton 52%
Daniel Graham 34%
William Phillip Gramm 5%
Judd Gregg 10%
Tom Harkin 48%
Orrin Hatch 61%
Mark Hatfield 82%
Howell Heflin 65%
Jesse Helms 6%
Ernest Hollings 57%
Daniel Inouye 47%
James Merrill Jeffords 73%
J. Bennett Johnston 34%
Nancy Landon Kassebaum 55%
Dirk Kempthorne 37%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 55%
Bob Kerrey 45%
John Kerry 22%
Herb Kohl 40%
Frank Lautenberg 22%
Carl Levin 53%
Joe Lieberman 52%
Trent Lott, Sr. 30%
Dick Lugar 44%
Connie Mack 30%
Harlan Mathews 21%
John McCain III 51%
Howard Metzenbaum 39%
Barbara Mikulski 24%
Carol Moseley Braun 41%
Patrick Moynihan 42%
Don Nickles 20%
Sam Nunn 82%
Bob Packwood 64%
Clay Pell, Jr. 25%
Larry Pressler 34%
David Pryor 56%
Harry Reid 71%
Donald Riegle, Jr. 34%
Charles Robb 55%
Jay Rockefeller IV 39%
William Roth, Jr. 39%
Paul Sarbanes 28%
James Sasser 31%
Paul Simon 40%
Alan Simpson 33%
Bob Smith 25%
Arlen Specter 42%
Ted Stevens 32%
Strom Thurmond 30%
Malcolm Wallop 16%
John Warner 66%
Paul Wellstone 27%
Harris Wofford, Jr. 21%

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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