Rating Group: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

2008 Lifetime Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 54%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 47%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 59%
AZ U.S. House - 7 Raul Grijalva Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House - 4 Mike Thompson Democratic 9%
CA U.S. House - 7 Doris Matsui Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House - 11 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House - 12 Barbara Lee Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House - 16 Anna Eshoo Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House - 18 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 12%
CA U.S. House - 20 Kevin McCarthy Republican 79%
CA U.S. House - 21 Jim Costa Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House - 30 Adam Schiff Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House - 31 Grace Napolitano Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House - 32 Brad Sherman Democratic 13%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 5%
CA U.S. House - 41 Ken Calvert Republican 60%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 6%
CA U.S. House - 48 Darrell Issa Republican 70%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 5%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 11%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 98%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 6%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 9%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 5%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 6%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 61%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 6%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 51%
FL U.S. House - 25 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 3%
FL U.S. House - 26 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 62%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 20%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 2%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 13%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 2%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 70%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 55%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 8%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 7%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster Democratic 10%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 5%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 67%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 69%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 58%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise Republican 90%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 9%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 7%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 7%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 3%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 10%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 12%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 1%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 7%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 9%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 17%
MI U.S. House - 5 Tim Walberg Republican 83%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 0%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 8%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 5%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 3%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 5%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 68%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 8%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 9%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 22%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 5%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 0%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 77%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 82%
NE U.S. House - 3 Adrian Smith Republican 81%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 9%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 46%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 12%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 11%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 11%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 8%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House - 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 2%
NY U.S. House - 12 Jerry Nadler Democratic 9%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 6%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 3%
OH U.S. House - 4 Jim Jordan Republican 97%
OH U.S. House - 5 Bob Latta Republican 77%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 12%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 45%
OH State House - 62 Jean Schmidt Republican 69%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 61%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole Republican 59%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 21%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 6%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 13%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 54%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 47%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 60%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 59%
AZ U.S. House - 7 Raul Grijalva D 5%
CA U.S. House - 4 Mike Thompson D 9%
CA U.S. House - 7 Doris Matsui D 7%
CA U.S. House - 11 Nancy Pelosi D 6%
CA U.S. House - 12 Barbara Lee D 7%
CA U.S. House - 16 Anna Eshoo D 13%
CA U.S. House - 18 Zoe Lofgren D 12%
CA U.S. House - 20 Kevin McCarthy R 79%
CA U.S. House - 21 Jim Costa D 13%
CA U.S. House - 30 Adam Schiff D 8%
CA U.S. House - 31 Grace Napolitano D 5%
CA U.S. House - 32 Brad Sherman D 13%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 5%
CA U.S. House - 41 Ken Calvert R 60%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 6%
CA U.S. House - 48 Darrell Issa R 70%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 5%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 11%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 98%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 6%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 9%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 5%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 6%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 0%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 61%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 6%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 51%
FL U.S. House - 25 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 3%
FL U.S. House - 26 Mario Diaz-Balart R 62%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 20%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 2%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 13%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 2%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 75%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 70%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 55%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 8%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 7%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 7%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster D 10%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 5%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 67%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 69%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 58%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise R 90%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 0%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 9%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 7%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 7%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 3%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 10%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 12%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes D 1%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 7%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 53%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 9%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 17%
MI U.S. House - 5 Tim Walberg R 83%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 0%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 8%
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 5%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 3%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 5%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 68%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 8%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 9%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 22%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 5%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge 0%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 77%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry R 82%
NE U.S. House - 3 Adrian Smith R 81%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 9%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 46%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 12%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 11%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 11%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 0%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 8%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 9%
NY U.S. House - 9 Yvette Clarke D 2%
NY U.S. House - 12 Jerry Nadler D 9%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins D 6%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 3%
OH U.S. House - 4 Jim Jordan R 97%
OH U.S. House - 5 Bob Latta R 77%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcy Kaptur D 12%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 45%
OH State House - 62 Jean Schmidt R 69%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 61%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole R 59%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 21%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 14%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 6%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 13%
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