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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

2007-2008 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 35%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 38%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 43%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 57%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 44%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 45%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 48%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 60%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 72%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 58%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 44%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 59%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 23%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 44%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 32%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 48%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 46%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 46%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 43%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 23%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 71%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 27%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 50%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 34%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 32%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 32%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 52%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 39%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 57%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 46%
Wayne Allard 24%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 26%
Max Baucus 54%
Evan Bayh 32%
Bob Bennett 55%
Joe Biden, Jr. 67%
Jeff Bingaman 62%
Kit Bond 29%
Barbara Boxer 37%
Sam Brownback 53%
Jim Bunning 40%
Robert Byrd 48%
Saxby Chambliss 36%
Hillary Clinton 14%
Thomas Coburn 61%
Thad Cochran 71%
Norm Coleman 75%
Kent Conrad 45%
Robert Corker 34%
Larry Craig 53%
James DeMint 43%
Chris Dodd 48%
Elizabeth Dole 77%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 51%
Byron Dorgan 46%
John Ensign 45%
Russ Feingold 44%
Judd Gregg 66%
Charles Hagel 55%
Tom Harkin 66%
Orrin Hatch 48%
Daniel Inouye 38%
Timothy Johnson 47%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 49%
John Kerry 48%
Herb Kohl 21%
Jon Kyl 56%
Mary Landrieu 36%
Frank Lautenberg 58%
Carl Levin 60%
Joe Lieberman 79%
Blanche Lincoln 45%
Trent Lott, Sr. 83%
Dick Lugar 47%
Melquiades Martinez 61%
John McCain III 43%
Claire McCaskill 24%
Barbara Mikulski 45%
Ben Nelson 51%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 34%
Barack Obama II 57%
Mark Pryor 48%
Jay Rockefeller IV 58%
Ken Salazar 32%
Jeff Sessions III 20%
Gordon Smith 86%
Olympia Snowe 78%
Arlen Specter 47%
Ted Stevens 47%
John Sununu 34%
David Vitter 59%
George Voinovich 75%
John Warner 53%
Jim Webb, Jr. 26%

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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