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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Secular Coalition for America

2009-2010 U.S. Senate Score

Issues: Religion
State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 0%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 0%
Max Baucus 92%
Evan Bayh 67%
Mark Begich 92%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 92%
Bob Bennett 0%
Jeff Bingaman 92%
Kit Bond 0%
Barbara Boxer 92%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
Sam Brownback 0%
Jim Bunning 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
Roland Burris 92%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 92%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 92%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 67%
Saxby Chambliss 0%
Thomas Coburn 0%
Thad Cochran 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 42%
Kent Conrad 67%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 0%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
James DeMint 0%
Chris Dodd 92%
Byron Dorgan 67%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
John Ensign 0%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Russ Feingold 92%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
Judd Gregg 0%
Kay Hagan 92%
Tom Harkin 92%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
Daniel Inouye 92%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 0%
Mike Johanns 0%
Timothy Johnson 92%
Ted Kaufman 92%
John Kerry 92%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 92%
Herb Kohl 92%
Jon Kyl 0%
Mary Landrieu 92%
Frank Lautenberg 92%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 92%
Carl Levin 92%
Joe Lieberman 17%
Blanche Lincoln 92%
Dick Lugar 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 92%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 92%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 92%
Barbara Mikulski 92%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 17%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
Ben Nelson 17%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 67%
Mark Pryor 67%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
Harry Reid 92%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 92%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 92%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 92%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 0%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 92%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
Olympia Snowe 92%
Arlen Specter 67%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 92%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 92%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 0%
Mark Udall 92%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
David Vitter 0%
George Voinovich 0%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 42%
Jim Webb, Jr. 92%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 92%

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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