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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

1997-1998 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 14%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jon Kyl Republican 9%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 43%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 93%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 61%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 28%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 35%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 23%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 55%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 39%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 75%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 43%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 48%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 72%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 54%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 44%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 38%
Wayne Allard 0%
John Ashcroft 5%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 16%
Max Baucus 100%
Bob Bennett 7%
Joe Biden, Jr. 37%
Jeff Bingaman 67%
Kit Bond 37%
Barbara Boxer 18%
John Breaux 80%
Sam Brownback 17%
Richard Bryan 54%
Dale Bumpers 28%
Conrad Burns 43%
Robert Byrd 56%
Ben Campbell 34%
John Chafee 88%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 63%
Dan Coats 38%
Thad Cochran 33%
Kent Conrad 44%
Paul Coverdell 21%
Larry Craig 32%
Alfonse D'Amato 82%
Chris Dodd 52%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 46%
Byron Dorgan 51%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 11%
Russ Feingold 28%
Wendell Ford 68%
William Frist 51%
John Glenn 41%
Slade Gorton 33%
Daniel Graham 95%
William Phillip Gramm 22%
Rodney Grams 31%
Judd Gregg 39%
Charles Hagel 38%
Tom Harkin 31%
Jesse Helms 1%
Ernest Hollings 57%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 3%
Daniel Inouye 32%
James Merrill Jeffords 99%
Timothy Johnson 38%
Dirk Kempthorne 4%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 27%
Bob Kerrey 66%
John Kerry 32%
Herb Kohl 68%
Mary Landrieu 58%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
Carl Levin 51%
Joe Lieberman 81%
Dick Lugar 51%
Connie Mack 67%
John McCain III 45%
Barbara Mikulski 38%
Carol Moseley Braun 46%
Patrick Moynihan 72%
Frank Murkowski 15%
Don Nickles 26%
Harry Reid 28%
Charles Robb 55%
Jay Rockefeller IV 93%
William Roth, Jr. 43%
Rick Santorum 8%
Paul Sarbanes 52%
Gordon Smith 49%
Bob Smith 5%
Olympia Snowe 77%
Arlen Specter 47%
Ted Stevens 23%
Craig Thomas 24%
Fred Thompson 18%
Strom Thurmond 18%
Robert Torricelli 40%
John Warner 45%
Paul Wellstone 15%

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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