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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

1995-1996 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 35%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 41%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jon Kyl Republican 23%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 69%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 37%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 40%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 40%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 49%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 54%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 70%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 46%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 43%
John Ashcroft 7%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 40%
Max Baucus 73%
Bob Bennett 31%
Joe Biden, Jr. 67%
Jeff Bingaman 77%
Kit Bond 37%
Barbara Boxer 48%
Bill Bradley 46%
John Breaux 70%
Hank Brown 32%
Richard Bryan 59%
Dale Bumpers 39%
Conrad Burns 40%
Robert Byrd 14%
Ben Campbell 68%
John Chafee 76%
Dan Coats 15%
Thad Cochran 46%
William Cohen 57%
Kent Conrad 55%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Larry Craig 37%
Alfonse D'Amato 71%
Chris Dodd 36%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 64%
Byron Dorgan 49%
Jim Exon 34%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 30%
Russ Feingold 41%
Wendell Ford 73%
William Frist 40%
John Glenn 72%
Slade Gorton 49%
Daniel Graham 64%
William Phillip Gramm 23%
Rodney Grams 29%
Judd Gregg 28%
Tom Harkin 42%
Mark Hatfield 82%
Howell Heflin 87%
Jesse Helms 23%
Ernest Hollings 54%
Daniel Inouye 55%
James Merrill Jeffords 78%
J. Bennett Johnston 68%
Nancy Landon Kassebaum 58%
Dirk Kempthorne 29%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 36%
Bob Kerrey 74%
John Kerry 34%
Herb Kohl 57%
Frank Lautenberg 27%
Carl Levin 72%
Joe Lieberman 80%
Trent Lott, Sr. 44%
Dick Lugar 61%
Connie Mack 45%
John McCain III 53%
Barbara Mikulski 38%
Carol Moseley Braun 62%
Patrick Moynihan 67%
Don Nickles 23%
Sam Nunn 100%
Clay Pell, Jr. 44%
Larry Pressler 62%
David Pryor 71%
Harry Reid 70%
Charles Robb 65%
Jay Rockefeller IV 52%
William Roth, Jr. 52%
Rick Santorum 23%
Paul Sarbanes 60%
Paul Simon 54%
Alan Simpson 35%
Bob Smith 35%
Olympia Snowe 55%
Arlen Specter 57%
Ted Stevens 42%
Craig Thomas 20%
Fred Thompson 24%
Strom Thurmond 28%
John Warner 60%
Paul Wellstone 29%

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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