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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

2005-2006 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 26%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jon Kyl Republican 27%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 34%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 47%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 46%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 18%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 28%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 24%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 42%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 29%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 84%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 23%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 18%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 6%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 21%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 62%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 46%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 35%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 44%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 25%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 58%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 24%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 21%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 19%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 52%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 25%
Wayne Allard 47%
George Allen 35%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 34%
Max Baucus 50%
Evan Bayh 36%
Bob Bennett 33%
Joe Biden, Jr. 41%
Jeff Bingaman 58%
Kit Bond 44%
Barbara Boxer 11%
Sam Brownback 31%
Jim Bunning 34%
Conrad Burns 36%
Robert Byrd 42%
Lincoln Chafee 100%
Saxby Chambliss 8%
Hillary Clinton 22%
Thomas Coburn 27%
Thad Cochran 74%
Norm Coleman 66%
Kent Conrad 61%
Jon Corzine 18%
Larry Craig 39%
James DeMint 1%
Chris Dodd 38%
Elizabeth Dole 17%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 67%
Byron Dorgan 43%
John Ensign 51%
Russ Feingold 23%
Judd Gregg 68%
Charles Hagel 54%
Tom Harkin 38%
Daniel Inouye 31%
James Merrill Jeffords 33%
Timothy Johnson 52%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 17%
John Kerry 21%
Herb Kohl 26%
Mary Landrieu 42%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
Carl Levin 25%
Joe Lieberman 46%
Blanche Lincoln 46%
Trent Lott, Sr. 39%
Dick Lugar 73%
Melquiades Martinez 37%
John McCain III 54%
Barbara Mikulski 38%
Ben Nelson 59%
Barack Obama II 25%
Mark Pryor 34%
Jay Rockefeller IV 28%
Ken Salazar 38%
Rick Santorum 40%
Paul Sarbanes 42%
Jeff Sessions III 25%
Gordon Smith 88%
Olympia Snowe 78%
Arlen Specter 53%
Ted Stevens 46%
John Sununu 56%
James Talent 31%
Craig Thomas 42%
David Vitter 24%
George Voinovich 43%
John Warner 47%

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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