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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

2003-2004 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 22%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 41%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jon Kyl Republican 22%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 37%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 34%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 13%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 45%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 22%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 35%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 46%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 100%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 12%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 9%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 29%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 15%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 71%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 30%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 29%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 41%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 53%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 7%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 82%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 37%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 21%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 21%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 48%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 24%
Wayne Allard 21%
George Allen 43%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 49%
Max Baucus 62%
Evan Bayh 21%
Bob Bennett 6%
Joe Biden, Jr. 58%
Jeff Bingaman 42%
Kit Bond 45%
Barbara Boxer 11%
John Breaux 37%
Sam Brownback 53%
Jim Bunning 35%
Conrad Burns 39%
Robert Byrd 26%
Ben Campbell 59%
Lincoln Chafee 93%
Saxby Chambliss 42%
Hillary Clinton 15%
Thad Cochran 71%
Norm Coleman 52%
Kent Conrad 45%
Jon Corzine 0%
Larry Craig 49%
Chris Dodd 29%
Elizabeth Dole 42%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 58%
Byron Dorgan 47%
John Edwards 3%
John Ensign 67%
Russ Feingold 19%
Peter Fitzgerald 51%
Daniel Graham 23%
Judd Gregg 55%
Charles Hagel 45%
Tom Harkin 36%
Ernest Hollings 43%
Daniel Inouye 25%
James Merrill Jeffords 34%
Timothy Johnson 28%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 21%
John Kerry 22%
Herb Kohl 34%
Mary Landrieu 28%
Frank Lautenberg 1%
Carl Levin 30%
Joe Lieberman 30%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
Trent Lott, Sr. 34%
Dick Lugar 51%
John McCain III 73%
Barbara Mikulski 35%
Zell Bryan Miller 68%
Ben Nelson 43%
Don Nickles 34%
Mark Pryor 3%
Harry Reid 44%
Jay Rockefeller IV 20%
Rick Santorum 40%
Paul Sarbanes 34%
Gordon Smith 86%
Olympia Snowe 89%
Arlen Specter 62%
Ted Stevens 41%
John Sununu 37%
James Talent 17%
Craig Thomas 19%
George Voinovich 36%
John Warner 52%

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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