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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Lugar Center

1993-2014 Lifetime Bipartisan Index

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 60%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 52%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 45%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 34%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 24%
CT U.S. Senate Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 20%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 51%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 39%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Marco Rubio Republican 34%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 41%
HI U.S. Senate Sr Brian Schatz Democratic 22%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 45%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 45%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 14%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 42%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 41%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 47%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 42%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 8%
MA U.S. Senate Sr Elizabeth Warren Democratic 39%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 42%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 84%
ME U.S. Senate Jr Angus King, Jr. Independent 56%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 39%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 48%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 57%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 32%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 42%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 41%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 55%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Deb Fischer Republican 18%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 47%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 22%
NJ U.S. Senate Jr Cory Booker Democratic 26%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 22%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 30%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 35%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 18%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 35%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 55%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 61%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 29%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 54%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 23%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 32%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 36%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 46%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 28%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 43%
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 3%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 48%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 48%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 29%
TX U.S. Senate Jr Ted Cruz Republican 6%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Mike Lee Republican 4%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 47%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 47%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 51%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 18%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 36%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 40%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 7%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 23%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 81%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 42%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 23%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 44%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 41%
Wayne Allard 38%
George Allen 46%
John Ashcroft 23%
Kelly Ayotte 52%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 46%
Max Baucus 61%
Evan Bayh 54%
Mark Begich 46%
Bob Bennett 31%
Joe Biden, Jr. 58%
Jeff Bingaman 60%
Kit Bond 51%
David Boren 78%
Barbara Boxer 31%
Bill Bradley 37%
John Breaux 63%
Hank Brown 29%
Scott Brown 57%
Sam Brownback 48%
Richard Bryan 53%
Dale Bumpers 43%
Jim Bunning 40%
Conrad Burns 45%
Roland Burris 10%
Robert Byrd 35%
Ben Campbell 56%
Jean Carnahan 53%
John Chafee 69%
Lincoln Chafee 100%
Saxby Chambliss 32%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 59%
Hillary Clinton 36%
Dan Coats 19%
Thomas Coburn 29%
Thad Cochran 55%
William Cohen 54%
Norm Coleman 72%
Kent Conrad 62%
Robert Corker 44%
Jon Corzine 30%
Paul Coverdell 19%
Larry Craig 43%
Alfonse D'Amato 62%
John Danforth 52%
Thomas Daschle 56%
Mark Dayton 36%
Dennis DeConcini 52%
James DeMint 0%
Chris Dodd 45%
Elizabeth Dole 44%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 63%
Joe Donnelly, Sr. 81%
Byron Dorgan 54%
Dave Durenberger 70%
John Edwards 46%
John Ensign 58%
Jim Exon 42%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 29%
Russ Feingold 38%
Peter Fitzgerald 62%
Jeff Flake 18%
Wendell Ford 55%
Al Franken 29%
William Frist 51%
John Glenn 50%
Slade Gorton 46%
Daniel Graham 59%
William Phillip Gramm 24%
Rodney Grams 34%
Judd Gregg 47%
Kay Hagan 38%
Charles Hagel 59%
Tom Harkin 45%
Orrin Hatch 56%
Mark Hatfield 73%
Howell Heflin 68%
Heidi Heitkamp 52%
Dean Heller 47%
Jesse Helms 20%
Ernest Hollings 61%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 35%
Daniel Inouye 40%
James Merrill Jeffords 69%
Mike Johanns 40%
Timothy Johnson 53%
J. Bennett Johnston 47%
Nancy Landon Kassebaum 51%
Ted Kaufman 32%
Dirk Kempthorne 27%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 44%
Bob Kerrey 56%
John Kerry 41%
Mark Kirk 65%
Herb Kohl 48%
Jon Kyl 27%
Mary Landrieu 54%
Frank Lautenberg 25%
George LeMieux 53%
Carl Levin 41%
Joe Lieberman 62%
Blanche Lincoln 66%
Trent Lott, Sr. 43%
Dick Lugar 62%
Connie Mack 49%
Melquiades Martinez 48%
Harlan Mathews 25%
John McCain III 54%
Claire McCaskill 53%
Howard Metzenbaum 40%
Barbara Mikulski 41%
Zell Bryan Miller 80%
Carol Moseley Braun 47%
Patrick Moynihan 54%
Frank Murkowski 34%
Ben Nelson 58%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 48%
Don Nickles 34%
Sam Nunn 81%
Barack Obama II 35%
Bob Packwood 61%
Clay Pell, Jr. 33%
Larry Pressler 44%
David Pryor 57%
Mark Pryor 50%
Harry Reid 56%
Donald Riegle, Jr. 37%
Charles Robb 58%
Jay Rockefeller IV 44%
William Roth, Jr. 46%

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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