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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Drum Major Institute

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 96%
John Adler 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 91%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 27%
Michael Arcuri 76%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 55%
Brian Baird 96%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 36%
J. Gresham Barrett 9%
Max Baucus 73%
Evan Bayh 91%
Melissa Bean 92%
Mark Begich 91%
Bob Bennett 27%
Marion Berry 67%
Joe Biden, Jr. 0%
Jeff Bingaman 91%
OH State House 59 John Boccieri Democratic 88%
Kit Bond 36%
Rick Boucher 78%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 61%
Bobby Bright 40%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 100%
Sam Brownback 36%
Ginny Brown-Waite 43%
Jim Bunning 33%
Roland Burris 100%
Steve Buyer 36%
Robert Byrd 78%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 91%
Joseph Cao 58%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 91%
Christopher Carney 83%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 82%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 91%
Mike Castle 52%
Saxby Chambliss 36%
Travis Childers 64%
Hillary Clinton 0%
Thad Cochran 36%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 73%
Kent Conrad 91%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 45%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 36%
Kathy Dahlkemper 84%
Artur Davis 88%
Lincoln Davis 71%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 13%
Bill Delahunt 96%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 58%
Chris Dodd 91%
Byron Dorgan 91%
Steve Driehaus 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
Chet Edwards 72%
Vern Ehlers 42%
Brad Ellsworth 76%
John Ensign 30%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 36%
Bob Etheridge 96%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 16%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 88%
Al Franken 100%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100%
Bart Gordon 84%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 36%
Alan Grayson 96%
Judd Gregg 30%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 48%
Kay Hagan 91%
John Hall 96%
Debbie Halvorson 84%
Phil Hare 96%
Tom Harkin 91%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 30%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 59%
Baron Hill 80%
Paul Hodes 88%
Pete Hoekstra 28%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 12%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 27%
Mike Johanns 36%
Timothy Johnson 73%
Steve Kagen 96%
Paul Kanjorski 84%
Ted Kaufman 100%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Patrick Kennedy 96%
John Kerry 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Mary Jo Kilroy 96%
Ann Kirkpatrick 76%
Ron Klein 96%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 91%
Herb Kohl 91%
Suzanne Kosmas 84%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 72%
Jon Kyl 9%
Mary Landrieu 73%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Carl Levin 91%
Joe Lieberman 91%
Blanche Lincoln 82%
John Linder 5%
Dick Lugar 36%
Dan Maffei 96%
Betsy Markey 68%
Jim Marshall 80%
Melquiades Martinez 44%
Eric Massa 72%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 90%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 36%
John McHugh 67%
Michael McMahon 76%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 96%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 78%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 91%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 91%
Walt Minnick 52%
Harry Mitchell 72%
Alan Mollohan 88%
Dennis Moore 96%
Patrick Murphy 91%
Scott Murphy 80%
Jack Murtha 95%
Ben Nelson 73%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 91%
Glenn Nye III 76%
Jim Oberstar 96%
Dave Obey 96%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 84%
Tom Perriello 79%
Earl Pomeroy 84%
Mark Pryor 73%
Adam Putnam 32%
George Radanovich 14%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 91%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 36%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 36%
Jay Rockefeller IV 88%
Ciro Rodriguez 88%
John Salazar 91%
Ken Salazar 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
Mark Schauer 100%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 33%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 92%
John Shadegg 4%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 100%
NH U.S. House 1 Carol Shea-Porter Democratic 96%
Ike Skelton 83%
Olympia Snowe 64%
Vic Snyder 83%
CA Supervisor 1 Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 29%
Zack Space 88%
Arlen Specter 82%
John Spratt, Jr. 92%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 91%
Bart Stupak 78%
John Tanner 83%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Gene Taylor 68%
Harry Teague 64%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 80%
Todd Tiahrt 9%
NV U.S. House 1 Dina Titus Democratic 96%
Mark Udall 91%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
George Voinovich 27%
Zach Wamp 32%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 91%
Diane Watson 96%
Jim Webb, Jr. 91%
Robert Wexler 96%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 91%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 36%
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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