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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

2009-2010 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 68%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 22%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 21%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 34%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 40%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 65%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 57%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 23%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 32%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 36%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 29%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 86%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 31%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 34%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 33%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 30%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 48%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 36%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 15%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 15%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 27%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 10%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 40%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 23%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 33%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 23%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 13%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 22%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 24%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 39%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 50%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 38%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 29%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 33%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 37%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 16%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 24%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 28%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 49%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 29%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 38%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 41%
Max Baucus 46%
Evan Bayh 51%
Mark Begich 32%
Bob Bennett 26%
Jeff Bingaman 38%
Kit Bond 45%
Barbara Boxer 24%
Scott Brown 48%
Sam Brownback 41%
Jim Bunning 30%
Roland Burris 9%
Robert Byrd 24%
Saxby Chambliss 32%
Thomas Coburn 17%
Thad Cochran 56%
Kent Conrad 64%
Robert Corker 42%
James DeMint 0%
Chris Dodd 25%
Byron Dorgan 50%
John Ensign 49%
Russ Feingold 33%
Al Franken 27%
Judd Gregg 58%
Kay Hagan 22%
Tom Harkin 35%
Orrin Hatch 54%
Daniel Inouye 24%
Mike Johanns 48%
Timothy Johnson 36%
Ted Kaufman 29%
John Kerry 34%
Herb Kohl 35%
Jon Kyl 18%
Mary Landrieu 46%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
George LeMieux 48%
Carl Levin 17%
Joe Lieberman 44%
Blanche Lincoln 52%
Dick Lugar 88%
John McCain III 42%
Claire McCaskill 43%
Barbara Mikulski 35%
Ben Nelson 48%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 44%
Mark Pryor 38%
Jay Rockefeller IV 31%
Jeff Sessions III 30%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Arlen Specter 17%
Mark Udall 27%
David Vitter 30%
George Voinovich 85%
Jim Webb, Jr. 34%

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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