Rating Group: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

2008 Lifetime Score

Issues: Labor Unions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 25%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 42%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 37%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 18%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 14%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 97%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 97%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 10%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 8%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 98%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa Republican 13%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 97%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 3%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 95%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 97%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 97%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 97%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 23%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 97%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 36%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 99%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 25%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 86%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 97%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 93%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 97%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 15%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 17%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 98%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 98%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster Democratic 92%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 12%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 97%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 23%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 98%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 97%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 97%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 95%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 97%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 95%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 96%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 97%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 28%
MI U.S. House - 7 Tim Walberg Republican 16%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 97%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 96%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 95%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 9%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 97%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 23%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 96%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 93%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 93%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 100%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 15%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 96%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 10%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 12%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 22%
NE U.S. House - 3 Adrian Smith Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House - 8 Albio Sires Democratic 97%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 99%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 94%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 97%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 93%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 25%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 42%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 37%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 24%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 18%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 14%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 97%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 87%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 89%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 96%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 97%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 95%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 98%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 100%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 94%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 91%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 92%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 10%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 91%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 95%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 98%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 98%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 96%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 8%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 98%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa R 13%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 97%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 95%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 3%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 95%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 97%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 95%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 97%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 97%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 86%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 23%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 97%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 36%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 99%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 25%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 86%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 97%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 93%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 97%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 15%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 11%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 17%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 95%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 98%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 98%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster D 92%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 20%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 12%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 97%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 23%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise R 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 94%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 94%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 98%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 97%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 97%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 95%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 95%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes D 97%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 95%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 43%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 96%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 97%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 28%
MI U.S. House - 7 Tim Walberg R 16%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 97%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 96%
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 95%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 95%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 9%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 97%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 23%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 96%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 93%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 86%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 93%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 100%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 15%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 96%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 88%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 10%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry R 12%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry R 22%
NE U.S. House - 3 Adrian Smith R 5%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 93%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 65%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 94%
NJ U.S. House - 8 Albio Sires D 97%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 99%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 94%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 97%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 93%
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