Card image cap

Melissa Bean's Ratings and Endorsements

Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

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 issue 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.

With rare exceptions, Vote Smart displays interest group ratings as a 0-100 percentage. While many interest groups use percentages as ratings to begin with, please note that Vote Smart has translated some ratings to a percentage from a different rating system for consistency and ease in understanding. Please visit the group's website, email us at ratings@votesmart.org or call our Voter Information Hotline at 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

25%
2009-2010
53%
2007-2008
58%
2005-2006
85%
2007
53%
2007-2008
25
2007-2008
25
2007-2008
66%
2005-2006
66%
2005-2006
55%
2005-2006
55%
2005-2006
0%
2007
100%
2005
66%
2007-2008
66%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
66
2007-2008
66
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
49%
2010
49%
2010
51%
2010
51%
2010
44%
2010
44%
2010
52%
2010
52%
2010
48%
2010
48%
2010
49%
2010
49%
2010
56%
2010
56%
2010
53%
2009
53%
2009
47%
2009
47%
2009
48%
2009
48%
2009
51%
2009
51%
2009
52%
2009
52%
2009
58%
2009
58%
2009
47%
2009
47%
2009
41%
2009
41%
2009
50%
2008
50%
2008
48%
2008
48%
2008
51%
2008
51%
2008
50.5%
2008
50.5%
2008
50%
2008
50%
2008
49%
2008
49%
2008
51%
2008
51%
2008
48%
2008
48%
2008
50%
2007
50%
2007
50%
2007
50%
2007
54%
2007
54%
2007
46%
2007
46%
2007
49%
2007
49%
2007
50%
2007
50%
2007
51.5%
2007
51.5%
2007
48.5%
2007
48.5%
2007
56%
2006
56%
2006
43%
2006
43%
2006
61%
2006
61%
2006
57.8%
2006
57.8%
2006
44%
2006
44%
2006
42.2%
2006
42.2%
2006
55%
2006
55%
2006
38%
2006
38%
2006
58%
2005
58%
2005
40%
2005
40%
2005
59%
2005
59%
2005
59%
2005
59%
2005
41%
2005
41%
2005
60%
2005
60%
2005
39%
2005
39%
2005
42%
2005
42%
2005
15%
2007-2008
15%
2007-2008
20%
2007
100%
2006
100
2007
0%
2007-2008
75%
2007
75%
2007
12%
2009
25%
2009-2010
53%
2005
53%
2005
100%
2009-2010
50%
2007-2008
46%
2005-2006
63%
2005-2006
40%
1999-2006
50%
2005-2006
40%
2007-2008
62%
2005-2006
92%
2009
80
2008
78
2007
0%
2006
13%
2005
25%
2006-2012
25%
2006-2012
80%
2007-2008
80%
2007-2008
75%
2005-2006
75%
2005-2006
83%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
80%
2005
9%
2009
11%
2007-2008
41%
2005-2006
18%
2007-2008
43%
2005-2006
9%
2009
9%
2009
30%
2008
30%
2008
17%
2007
17%
2007
29%
2006
29%
2006
20%
2005
20%
2005
18%
2009-2010
0%
2007
0%
2007
71%
2001-2010
71%
2001-2010
F
2010
10%
2009-2010
10%
2009-2010
7%
2009-2010
7%
2009-2010
8%
2009-2010
8%
2009-2010
10%
2009
0%
2009
5%
2009
18%
2007-2008
18%
2007-2008
20%
2007
20%
2006
35%
2009-2010
62%
2009-2010
60%
2009
20%
2007-2008
48%
2007-2008
14%
2005-2006
50%
2007-2008
70%
2005-2006
37%
2007-2008
64%
2007
62%
2005
71%
2001-2010
71%
2001-2010
31%
2009
31%
2009
50%
2008
50%
2008
36%
2007
36%
2007
29%
2006
29%
2006
33%
2005
33%
2005
83%
2007
100%
2006
33%
2007-2008
33%
2007-2008
60%
2007
0%
2005-2006
53%
2005-2006
53%
2005-2006
94%
2009
94%
2009
100%
2006
85%
2007
50%
2007
33%
2005-2006
78%
2005-2006
78%
2005-2006
100
2007
100%
2005
85%
2007
100%
2009
94%
2007-2008
90%
2007
70%
2005-2006
85%
2008
25%
2006-2012
25%
2006-2012
85%
2010
92%
2009-2010
100%
2009
85%
2007-2008
85%
2007
83%
2006
78%
2005
80%
2005
12%
2005-2006
12%
2005-2006
100%
2006
100%
2007
0%
2007-2008
11%
2005-2006
9%
2009
11%
2007-2008
41%
2005-2006
20%
2007-2008
9%
2009
9%
2009
30%
2008
30%
2008
17%
2007
17%
2007
29%
2006
29%
2006
20%
2005
20%
2005
15%
2007-2008
15%
2007-2008
20%
2007
100%
2006
0%
2007
0%
2007
19%
2007-2008
33%
2005-2006
12%
2005-2006
12%
2005-2006
21%
2009
27%
2007
25%
2007
33%
2005
25%
2005
40%
2005
16%
2009
22%
2008
8%
2007
47%
2006
50%
2005-2006
50%
2005-2006
44%
2007-2008
83%
2007-2008
83%
2007-2008
88%
2005-2006
88%
2005-2006
33%
2007-2008
33%
2007-2008
60%
2007
0%
2005-2006
33%
2009-2010
37%
2007-2008
64%
2007
62%
2005
0%
2005
25%
2006-2012
25%
2006-2012
41%
2009
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
0%
2007
33%
2009-2010
50%
2005-2006
100%
2007
43%
2007-2008
14%
2005-2006
75%
2005-2006
50
2007
100%
2006
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006