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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

2001-2002 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 9%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jon Kyl Republican 28%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 58%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 38%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 32%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 70%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 26%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 46%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 37%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 75%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 46%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 38%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 38%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 49%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 9%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 69%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 62%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 57%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 58%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 37%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 45%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 12%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 37%
Wayne Allard 19%
George Allen 21%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 56%
Max Baucus 67%
Evan Bayh 64%
Bob Bennett 6%
Joe Biden, Jr. 78%
Jeff Bingaman 72%
Kit Bond 41%
Barbara Boxer 32%
John Breaux 71%
Sam Brownback 43%
Jim Bunning 7%
Conrad Burns 26%
Robert Byrd 32%
Ben Campbell 39%
Jean Carnahan 41%
Lincoln Chafee 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 48%
Hillary Clinton 25%
Thad Cochran 47%
Kent Conrad 77%
Jon Corzine 26%
Larry Craig 35%
Chris Dodd 51%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 48%
Byron Dorgan 64%
John Edwards 35%
John Ensign 37%
Russ Feingold 47%
Peter Fitzgerald 58%
William Frist 54%
Daniel Graham 56%
William Phillip Gramm 10%
Judd Gregg 28%
Charles Hagel 47%
Tom Harkin 63%
Jesse Helms 0%
Ernest Hollings 84%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 20%
Daniel Inouye 35%
James Merrill Jeffords 77%
Timothy Johnson 55%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 55%
John Kerry 63%
Herb Kohl 43%
Mary Landrieu 46%
Carl Levin 31%
Joe Lieberman 70%
Blanche Lincoln 69%
Dick Lugar 36%
John McCain III 63%
Barbara Mikulski 57%
Zell Bryan Miller 78%
Frank Murkowski 13%
Ben Nelson 26%
Don Nickles 14%
Harry Reid 71%
Jay Rockefeller IV 38%
Rick Santorum 23%
Paul Sarbanes 45%
Jeff Sessions III 25%
Gordon Smith 54%
Bob Smith 12%
Olympia Snowe 66%
Arlen Specter 63%
Ted Stevens 27%
Craig Thomas 20%
Fred Thompson 39%
Strom Thurmond 47%
Robert Torricelli 33%
George Voinovich 30%
John Warner 33%
Paul Wellstone 20%

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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