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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 91%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 33%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 73%
AZ U.S. House 1 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 76%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 91%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 91%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 82%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 91%
FL U.S. House 9 Alan Grayson Democratic 96%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 32%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 36%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 13%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 96%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 91%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 36%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 88%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 36%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 36%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 36%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 73%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 73%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 91%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 36%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 36%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 80%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 91%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 91%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 36%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 100%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 96%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 96%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 24 Dan Maffei Democratic, Working Families 96%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 27%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 16%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 91%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 91%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 36%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 73%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 27%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 45%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 36%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 91%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 88%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 36%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 36%
John Adler 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 91%
Michael Arcuri 76%
Brian Baird 96%
J. Gresham Barrett 9%
Max Baucus 73%
Evan Bayh 91%
Melissa Bean 92%
Bob Bennett 27%
Marion Berry 67%
Jeff Bingaman 91%
John Boccieri 88%
Kit Bond 36%
Rick Boucher 78%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 61%
Bobby Bright 40%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
Ginny Brown-Waite 43%
Jim Bunning 33%
Roland Burris 100%
Steve Buyer 36%
Robert Byrd 78%
Joseph Cao 58%
Christopher Carney 83%
Mike Castle 52%
Travis Childers 64%
Hillary Clinton 0%
Kent Conrad 91%
Kathy Dahlkemper 84%
Artur Davis 88%
Lincoln Davis 71%
Bill Delahunt 96%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 58%
Chris Dodd 91%
Byron Dorgan 91%
Steve Driehaus 88%
Chet Edwards 72%
Vern Ehlers 42%
Brad Ellsworth 76%
John Ensign 30%
Bob Etheridge 96%
Russ Feingold 100%
Bart Gordon 84%
Judd Gregg 30%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 48%
John Hall 96%
Debbie Halvorson 84%
Phil Hare 96%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59%
Baron Hill 80%
Paul Hodes 88%
Pete Hoekstra 28%
Kay Hutchison 55%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 12%
Steve Kagen 96%
Paul Kanjorski 84%
Ted Kaufman 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 96%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Mary Jo Kilroy 96%
Ron Klein 96%
Herb Kohl 91%
Suzanne Kosmas 84%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 72%
Jon Kyl 9%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Joe Lieberman 91%
Blanche Lincoln 82%
John Linder 5%
Dick Lugar 36%
Betsy Markey 68%
Jim Marshall 80%
Melquiades Martinez 44%
Eric Massa 72%
John McHugh 67%
Michael McMahon 76%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 96%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 78%
Walt Minnick 52%
Harry Mitchell 72%
Alan Mollohan 88%
Dennis Moore 96%
Patrick Murphy 91%
Scott Murphy 80%
Jack Murtha 95%
Ben Nelson 73%
Glenn Nye III 76%
Jim Oberstar 96%
Dave Obey 96%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 84%
Tom Perriello 79%
Earl Pomeroy 84%
George Radanovich 14%
Ciro Rodriguez 88%
Ken Salazar 0%
Mark Schauer 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 92%
John Shadegg 4%
Ike Skelton 83%
Olympia Snowe 64%
Vic Snyder 83%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 29%
Zack Space 88%
Arlen Specter 82%
John Spratt, Jr. 92%
Bart Stupak 78%
John Tanner 83%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Gene Taylor 68%
Harry Teague 64%
Todd Tiahrt 9%
George Voinovich 27%
Zach Wamp 32%
Diane Watson 96%
Jim Webb, Jr. 91%
Robert Wexler 96%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 88%

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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