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

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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