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2006 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 10%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 40%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 30%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 30%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 20%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 20%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 90%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 20%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 90%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 90%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 20%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 30%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 20%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 30%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 40%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 60%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 30%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 70%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 20%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 30%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 20%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 20%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 20%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 30%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 40%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 30%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 90%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 20%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 10%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 20%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 0%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 40%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 30%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 30%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 90%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 90%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 90%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 80%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 90%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 20%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 90%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 20%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 80%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 90%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 80%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 90%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 90%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 20%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 90%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 90%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 10%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 20%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 30%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 90%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 100%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 90%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 20%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 10%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 30%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 40%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 90%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 100%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 80%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 100%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 60%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 90%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 30%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 100%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 70%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 20%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 80%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 30%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 100%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 20%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 10%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 100%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 100%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 20%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry R 20%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry R 30%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 90%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 50%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 100%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 80%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 40%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 90%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 90%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 80%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 100%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins D 100%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 80%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 20%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 100%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 30%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan D 90%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 20%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole R 20%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 100%
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