Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

1998 Positions

Issues: Guns

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State Office Name Party Rating
AL State House - 95 Steve McMillan Republican 100%
AL State Senate - 2 Tom Butler Republican 92%
AL State Senate - 21 Gerald Allen Republican 92%
AR State Senate - 3 Cecile Bledsoe Republican 100%
AR Associate Justice of the Supreme Court - Position 5 Shawn Womack Non-partisan 92%
AZ State House - 14 Gail Griffin Republican 100%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 100%
CT State House - 71 Tony D'Amelio Republican 92%
FL Commissioner - 3 Burt Saunders No Party Affiliation 92%
GA State House - 43 Sharon Cooper Republican 83%
GA State House - 44 Don Parsons Republican 92%
GA State House - 70 Lynn Smith Republican 100%
GA State House - 151 Gerald Greene Republican 85%
GA State Senate - 2 Lester Jackson III Democratic 31%
GA State Senate - 53 Jeff Mullis Republican 100%
GA State Senate - 55 Gloria Butler Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House - 12 Mike Bost Republican 100%
IN State House - 39 Gerald Torr Republican 100%
IN State Senate - 14 Dennis Kruse Republican 100%
IN State Senate - 21 James Buck Republican 100%
IN State Senate - 50 Vaneta Becker Republican 100%
IN Commissioner - 2 Matthew Whetstone 100%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 100%
KY State House - 12 Jim Gooch, Jr. Republican 92%
KY State House - 68 Joe Fischer Republican 100%
MD State House - 4 Barrie Ciliberti Republican 85%
MD State House - 41 Samuel Rosenberg Democratic 0%
MD State Senate - 1 George Edwards Republican 100%
MD State Senate - 8 Katherine Ann Klausmeier Democratic 100%
MN State House - 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 100%
MN State Senate - 3 Thomas Bakk Independent 100%
MN State Senate - 6 Dave Tomassoni Independent 100%
MN State Senate - 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 100%
MN State Senate - 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 100%
MN Commissioner - 2 Tom Workman 100%
MO U.S. House - 4 Vicky Hartzler Republican 100%
MT State Senate - 28 Brad Molnar Republican 100%
ND State House - 10 David Monson Republican 83%
ND State House - 14 Jon Nelson Republican 100%
ND State House - 14 Robin Weisz Republican 100%
ND State House - 15 Dennis Johnson Republican 54%
ND State House - 47 George Keiser Republican 100%
NE U.S. House - 3 Adrian Smith Republican 100%
NE Supervisor - At-Large Matt Connealy 42%
NH State House - Grafton 5 Bonnie Ham Republican 100%
NH State House - Hillsborough 43 Benjamin Baroody Democratic 100%
NH State House - Rockingham 5 Betsy McKinney Republican 85%
NH State House - Rockingham 5 Sherman Packard Republican 100%
NH State House - Rockingham 7 Mary Griffin Republican 100%
NH State Senate - 11 Gary Daniels Republican 100%
NV Mayor - At-Large John Lee 85%
OH U.S. House - 4 Jim Jordan Republican 100%
OH State House - 48 Scott Oelslager Republican 100%
OH State House - 61 James Callender Republican 100%
OH State House - 76 Diane Grendell Republican 100%
OH Commissioner - At-Large Ronald Young 100%
PA State House - 9 Chris Sainato Democratic 60%
SC State House - 2 Bill Sandifer III Republican 100%
SC State House - 46 Gary Simrill Republican 92%
SC State House - 65 H. Lucas Republican 100%
SC State Senate - 43 Chip Campsen III Republican 100%
SC Council Member - 28 Daniel Tripp Republican 91%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 85%
TN State House - 41 John Windle Democratic 100%
TN State Senate - 3 Rusty Crowe Republican 90%
TN Comptroller of the Treasury Jason Mumpower Republican 100%
UT Mayor - At-Large Ron Bigelow 100%
VT State House - Rutland-3 Robert Helm Republican 100%
VT State Senate - Bennington Richard Sears, Jr. Democratic 89%
VT State Senate - Grand Isle Dick Mazza Democratic 100%
VT State Senate - Windsor Dick McCormack Democratic 73%
WA State House - 34 Position 1 Eileen Cody Democratic 31%
WA State Senate - 9 Mark Schoesler Republican 100%
WA State Senate - 35 Timothy Sheldon Democratic 100%
WA Council Member - 3 Kathy Lambert 100%
WA Council Member - At-Large Les Thomas 100%
WV Commissioner - At-Large Tim Ennis 100%
WV Commissioner - At-Large Scott Varner 100%
WY Treasurer Curt Meier Republican 92%
Ole Aarsvold 100%
Dennis Abbott 77%
James Abrams 58%
Larry Adair 100%
Darrel Adams 100%
Dwight Adams 100%
John Adams 92%
Royce Adams 100%
Rocky Adkins 100%
Ernie Adler 100%
Rudolf Adler 85%
Chris Marie Ahner 100%
Todd Akin 100%
Gary Alexander 82%
Brian Allen 92%
Dwayne Alons 100%
Bill Alter 100%
John Graham Altman III 92%
Irv Anderson 92%
Leonard Anderson 92%
Mark Anderson 73%
State Office Name Party Rating
AL State House - 95 Steve McMillan R 100%
AL State Senate - 2 Tom Butler R 92%
AL State Senate - 21 Gerald Allen R 92%
AR State Senate - 3 Cecile Bledsoe R 100%
AR Associate Justice of the Supreme Court - Position 5 Shawn Womack Other 92%
AZ State House - 14 Gail Griffin R 100%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 100%
CT State House - 71 Tony D'Amelio R 92%
FL Commissioner - 3 Burt Saunders N/A 92%
GA State House - 43 Sharon Cooper R 83%
GA State House - 44 Don Parsons R 92%
GA State House - 70 Lynn Smith R 100%
GA State House - 151 Gerald Greene R 85%
GA State Senate - 2 Lester Jackson III D 31%
GA State Senate - 53 Jeff Mullis R 100%
GA State Senate - 55 Gloria Butler D 0%
IL U.S. House - 12 Mike Bost R 100%
IN State House - 39 Gerald Torr R 100%
IN State Senate - 14 Dennis Kruse R 100%
IN State Senate - 21 James Buck R 100%
IN State Senate - 50 Vaneta Becker R 100%
IN Commissioner - 2 Matthew Whetstone 100%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 100%
KY State House - 12 Jim Gooch, Jr. R 92%
KY State House - 68 Joe Fischer R 100%
MD State House - 4 Barrie Ciliberti R 85%
MD State House - 41 Samuel Rosenberg D 0%
MD State Senate - 1 George Edwards R 100%
MD State Senate - 8 Katherine Ann Klausmeier D 100%
MN State House - 15A Sondra Erickson R 100%
MN State Senate - 3 Thomas Bakk I 100%
MN State Senate - 6 Dave Tomassoni I 100%
MN State Senate - 12 Torrey Westrom R 100%
MN State Senate - 29 Bruce Anderson R 100%
MN Commissioner - 2 Tom Workman 100%
MO U.S. House - 4 Vicky Hartzler R 100%
MT State Senate - 28 Brad Molnar R 100%
ND State House - 10 David Monson R 83%
ND State House - 14 Jon Nelson R 100%
ND State House - 14 Robin Weisz R 100%
ND State House - 15 Dennis Johnson R 54%
ND State House - 47 George Keiser R 100%
NE U.S. House - 3 Adrian Smith R 100%
NE Supervisor - At-Large Matt Connealy 42%
NH State House - Grafton 5 Bonnie Ham R 100%
NH State House - Hillsborough 43 Benjamin Baroody D 100%
NH State House - Rockingham 5 Betsy McKinney R 85%
NH State House - Rockingham 5 Sherman Packard R 100%
NH State House - Rockingham 7 Mary Griffin R 100%
NH State Senate - 11 Gary Daniels R 100%
NV Mayor - At-Large John Lee 85%
OH U.S. House - 4 Jim Jordan R 100%
OH State House - 48 Scott Oelslager R 100%
OH State House - 61 James Callender R 100%
OH State House - 76 Diane Grendell R 100%
OH Commissioner - At-Large Ronald Young 100%
PA State House - 9 Chris Sainato D 60%
SC State House - 2 Bill Sandifer III R 100%
SC State House - 46 Gary Simrill R 92%
SC State House - 65 H. Lucas R 100%
SC State Senate - 43 Chip Campsen III R 100%
SC Council Member - 28 Daniel Tripp R 91%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds R 85%
TN State House - 41 John Windle D 100%
TN State Senate - 3 Rusty Crowe R 90%
TN Comptroller of the Treasury Jason Mumpower R 100%
UT Mayor - At-Large Ron Bigelow 100%
VT State House - Rutland-3 Robert Helm R 100%
VT State Senate - Bennington Richard Sears, Jr. D 89%
VT State Senate - Grand Isle Dick Mazza D 100%
VT State Senate - Windsor Dick McCormack D 73%
WA State House - 34 Position 1 Eileen Cody D 31%
WA State Senate - 9 Mark Schoesler R 100%
WA State Senate - 35 Timothy Sheldon D 100%
WA Council Member - 3 Kathy Lambert 100%
WA Council Member - At-Large Les Thomas 100%
WV Commissioner - At-Large Tim Ennis 100%
WV Commissioner - At-Large Scott Varner 100%
WY Treasurer Curt Meier R 92%
Ole Aarsvold 100%
Dennis Abbott 77%
James Abrams 58%
Larry Adair 100%
Darrel Adams 100%
Dwight Adams 100%
John Adams 92%
Royce Adams 100%
Rocky Adkins 100%
Ernie Adler 100%
Rudolf Adler 85%
Chris Marie Ahner 100%
Todd Akin 100%
Gary Alexander 82%
Brian Allen 92%
Dwayne Alons 100%
Bill Alter 100%
John Graham Altman III 92%
Irv Anderson 92%
Leonard Anderson 92%
Mark Anderson 73%
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