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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

2011-2012 Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 86%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 51%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 37%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 28%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 43%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 32%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Marco Rubio Republican 34%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 49%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 68%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 47%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 35%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 40%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 37%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 5%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 44%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 87%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 40%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 49%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 56%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 26%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 48%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 45%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 47%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 55%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 24%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 29%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 29%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 26%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 22%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 55%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 24%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 30%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 28%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 32%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 35%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 37%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 25%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 40%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 49%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 24%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Mike Lee Republican 7%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 49%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 39%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 9%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 25%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 38%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 2%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 71%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 38%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 33%
Kelly Ayotte 40%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 43%
Max Baucus 37%
Mark Begich 60%
Jeff Bingaman 44%
Barbara Boxer 32%
Scott Brown 66%
Saxby Chambliss 23%
Dan Coats 2%
Thomas Coburn 43%
Thad Cochran 48%
Kent Conrad 64%
Robert Corker 42%
James DeMint 0%
Al Franken 30%
Kay Hagan 39%
Tom Harkin 32%
Orrin Hatch 18%
Dean Heller 40%
Daniel Inouye 28%
Mike Johanns 43%
Timothy Johnson 49%
John Kerry 35%
Mark Kirk 65%
Herb Kohl 44%
Jon Kyl 20%
Mary Landrieu 58%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
Carl Levin 24%
Joe Lieberman 60%
Dick Lugar 38%
John McCain III 30%
Claire McCaskill 62%
Barbara Mikulski 30%
Ben Nelson 54%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 56%
Mark Pryor 60%
Jay Rockefeller IV 28%
Jeff Sessions III 33%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Mark Udall 45%
David Vitter 27%
Jim Webb, Jr. 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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