Card image cap

Steve Kagen'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.

0%
2009-2010
84%
2007-2008
85%
2007
53%
2007-2008
0%
2007
100
2007-2008
100
2007-2008
80%
2007-2008
80%
2007-2008
100%
2007
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
66
2007-2008
66
2007-2008
92%
2010
92%
2010
3%
2010
31%
2010
31%
2010
67%
2010
67%
2010
67%
2010
67%
2010
24%
2010
24%
2010
33%
2010
33%
2010
68%
2009
68%
2009
66%
2009
66%
2009
34%
2009
34%
2009
0%
2009
23%
2009
23%
2009
77%
2009
77%
2009
91%
2009
91%
2009
30%
2009
30%
2009
78%
2008
78%
2008
33.7%
2008
33.7%
2008
66%
2008
66%
2008
66%
2008
66%
2008
17%
2008
17%
2008
52%
2008
52%
2008
47%
2008
47%
2008
34%
2008
34%
2008
29.7%
2007
29.7%
2007
73%
2007
73%
2007
42%
2007
42%
2007
18%
2007
18%
2007
57%
2007
57%
2007
78%
2007
78%
2007
26%
2007
26%
2007
70.3%
2007
70.3%
2007
16%
2007-2008
100
2007
0%
2007-2008
75%
2007
75%
2007
0%
2009
0%
2009-2010
100%
2009-2010
96%
2009
90
2008
100
2007
0%
2006-2012
0%
2006-2012
70%
2007-2008
70%
2007-2008
0%
2009
11%
2007-2008
19%
2007-2008
5%
2009
5%
2009
40%
2008
40%
2008
17%
2007
17%
2007
0%
2009-2010
0%
2007
0%
2007
6%
2001-2010
6%
2001-2010
F
2010
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
15%
2009-2010
15%
2009-2010
17%
2009-2010
17%
2009-2010
0%
2009
30%
2009
15%
2009
23%
2007-2008
23%
2007-2008
30%
2007
0
2007
67%
2009-2010
41%
2009-2010
62%
2009
80%
2007-2008
62%
2007-2008
14%
2005-2006
21%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
85%
2007
6%
2001-2010
6%
2001-2010
64%
2009
64%
2009
100%
2008
100%
2008
73%
2007
73%
2007
100%
2007
33%
2007-2008
33%
2007-2008
50%
2007
100%
2009
100%
2009
100%
2007
0%
2007-2008
0%
2009
11%
2007-2008
11%
2007-2008
5%
2009
5%
2009
40%
2008
40%
2008
17%
2007
17%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007
100%
2009
100%
2009
5%
2007-2008
9%
2007
0%
2007
0%
2007
33%
2007-2008
33%
2007-2008
33%
2007-2008
33%
2007-2008
50%
2007
54%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
85%
2007
71%
2009
0%
2007
100%
2009-2010
100%
2007
71%
2007-2008
100%
2009
50
2007
100%
2007-2008
100%
2009-2010
33%
2007-2008
33%
2007-2008
50%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
0%
2007
43%
2007-2010
57%
2009-2010
57%
2009-2010
64%
2005-2008
64%
2005-2008
100%
2007
88%
2009-2010
70%
2007-2008
70%
2007-2008
100%
2007
100%
2009
100%
2009
33%
2007-2008
33%
2007-2008
21%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
85%
2007
6%
2001-2010
6%
2001-2010
64%
2009
64%
2009
100%
2008
100%
2008
73%
2007
73%
2007
70%
2010
88%
2009-2010
100%
2009
91%
2007-2008
90%
2007
16%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
11%
2007-2008
19%
2007-2008
0%
2009
100%
2005-2010
30%
2009-2010
30%
2009-2010
71%
2007-2008
100
2007-2008
100
2007-2008
15%
2009-2010
15%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
17%
2009-2010
17%
2009-2010
30%
2009
0%
2009
15%
2009
23%
2007-2008
23%
2007-2008
30%
2007
0
2007
96%
2009
90
2008
100
2007
0%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009
0%
2009
11%
2007-2008
11%
2007-2008
0%
2009-2010
11%
2007-2008
11%
2007-2008
0%
2009-2010
5%
2007-2008
5%
2007-2008
100%
2008
100%
2008
0%
2007
0%
2007
0%
2007
0%
2007
0%
2009
23%
2009
7%
2009
7%
2009
43%
2007
43%
2007
12%
2007
12%
2007
11%
2010
17%
2009-2010
17%
2009-2010