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2011-2012 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 86%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 51%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 37%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 28%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 43%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 32%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio Republican 34%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 68%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 47%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 35%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 40%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 37%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul Republican 5%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 44%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 87%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 40%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 49%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 56%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 26%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 48%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 45%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 47%
NH U.S. Senate - Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 55%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 24%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 29%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 29%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 26%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 22%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 55%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 24%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43%
OR U.S. Senate - Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 30%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 28%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 32%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 35%
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 37%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 25%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 40%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 49%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn Republican 24%
UT U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Lee Republican 7%
VA U.S. Senate - Sr Mark Warner Democratic 49%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 39%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 9%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 25%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 38%
WI U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Johnson Republican 2%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 71%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 38%
WY U.S. Senate - Jr John Barrasso Republican 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 33%
Kelly Ayotte 40%
Max Baucus 37%
Mark Begich 60%
Jeff Bingaman 44%
Barbara Boxer 32%
Scott Brown 66%
Saxby Chambliss 23%
Dan Coats 2%
Thomas Coburn 43%
Thad Cochran 48%
Kent Conrad 64%
Robert Corker 42%
James DeMint 0%
Al Franken 30%
Kay Hagan 39%
Tom Harkin 32%
Orrin Hatch 18%
Dean Heller 40%
Kay Hutchison 43%
Daniel Inouye 28%
Johnny Isakson 49%
Mike Johanns 43%
Timothy Johnson 49%
John Kerry 35%
Mark Kirk 65%
Herb Kohl 44%
Jon Kyl 20%
Mary Landrieu 58%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
Carl Levin 24%
Joe Lieberman 60%
Dick Lugar 38%
John McCain III 30%
Claire McCaskill 62%
Barbara Mikulski 30%
Ben Nelson 54%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 56%
Mark Pryor 60%
Jay Rockefeller IV 28%
Jeff Sessions III 33%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Mark Udall 45%
David Vitter 27%
Jim Webb, Jr. 47%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 86%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 21%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 51%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 35%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 37%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal D 28%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 43%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 32%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio R 34%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 68%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 47%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 11%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 35%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 40%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 37%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul R 5%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 44%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 87%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 40%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 49%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 56%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 26%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 48%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 45%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven R 47%
NH U.S. Senate - Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 55%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 24%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 29%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 29%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 26%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 22%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 55%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 24%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 43%
OR U.S. Senate - Jr Jeff Merkley D 30%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 28%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 32%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 35%
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 37%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 25%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 40%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Lamar Alexander R 49%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn R 24%
UT U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Lee R 7%
VA U.S. Senate - Sr Mark Warner D 49%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 39%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 9%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 25%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell D 38%
WI U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Johnson R 2%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III D 71%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 38%
WY U.S. Senate - Jr John Barrasso R 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 33%
Kelly Ayotte 40%
Max Baucus 37%
Mark Begich 60%
Jeff Bingaman 44%
Barbara Boxer 32%
Scott Brown 66%
Saxby Chambliss 23%
Dan Coats 2%
Thomas Coburn 43%
Thad Cochran 48%
Kent Conrad 64%
Robert Corker 42%
James DeMint 0%
Al Franken 30%
Kay Hagan 39%
Tom Harkin 32%
Orrin Hatch 18%
Dean Heller 40%
Kay Hutchison 43%
Daniel Inouye 28%
Johnny Isakson 49%
Mike Johanns 43%
Timothy Johnson 49%
John Kerry 35%
Mark Kirk 65%
Herb Kohl 44%
Jon Kyl 20%
Mary Landrieu 58%
Frank Lautenberg 15%
Carl Levin 24%
Joe Lieberman 60%
Dick Lugar 38%
John McCain III 30%
Claire McCaskill 62%
Barbara Mikulski 30%
Ben Nelson 54%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 56%
Mark Pryor 60%
Jay Rockefeller IV 28%
Jeff Sessions III 33%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Mark Udall 45%
David Vitter 27%
Jim Webb, Jr. 47%
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