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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

1999-2000 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 11%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 40%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 73%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 37%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 42%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 26%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 31%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 62%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 19%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 63%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 51%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 57%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 36%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Wayne Allard 10%
John Ashcroft 29%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 38%
Max Baucus 53%
Evan Bayh 42%
Bob Bennett 17%
Joe Biden, Jr. 55%
Jeff Bingaman 51%
Kit Bond 36%
Barbara Boxer 21%
John Breaux 64%
Sam Brownback 42%
Richard Bryan 39%
Jim Bunning 6%
Conrad Burns 41%
Robert Byrd 35%
Ben Campbell 45%
Lincoln Chafee 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 51%
Thad Cochran 40%
Kent Conrad 61%
Paul Coverdell 23%
Larry Craig 25%
Chris Dodd 36%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 33%
Byron Dorgan 50%
John Edwards 59%
Russ Feingold 38%
Peter Fitzgerald 50%
William Frist 48%
Slade Gorton 39%
Daniel Graham 73%
William Phillip Gramm 5%
Rodney Grams 25%
Judd Gregg 25%
Charles Hagel 52%
Tom Harkin 37%
Orrin Hatch 58%
Jesse Helms 9%
Ernest Hollings 59%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 36%
Daniel Inouye 29%
James Merrill Jeffords 95%
Timothy Johnson 57%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 42%
Bob Kerrey 45%
John Kerry 46%
Herb Kohl 53%
Jon Kyl 4%
Mary Landrieu 58%
Frank Lautenberg 28%
Carl Levin 50%
Joe Lieberman 83%
Blanche Lincoln 49%
Dick Lugar 45%
Connie Mack 57%
John McCain III 44%
Barbara Mikulski 44%
Patrick Moynihan 41%
Frank Murkowski 35%
Don Nickles 28%
Harry Reid 28%
Charles Robb 68%
Jay Rockefeller IV 57%
William Roth, Jr. 42%
Rick Santorum 37%
Paul Sarbanes 48%
Jeff Sessions III 32%
Gordon Smith 50%
Bob Smith 31%
Olympia Snowe 54%
Arlen Specter 54%
Ted Stevens 41%
Craig Thomas 8%
Fred Thompson 23%
Strom Thurmond 14%
Robert Torricelli 32%
George Voinovich 34%
John Warner 40%
Paul Wellstone 23%

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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