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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 40%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 20%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 70%
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 89%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 20%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 90%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 80%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 30%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 20%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 30%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 10%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 90%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 50%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 30%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 30%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 70%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 20%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 20%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 40%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 20%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 80%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 70%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 80%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 40%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 70%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 80%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 70%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 60%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 20%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 80%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
Neil Abercrombie 80%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 30%
Gary Ackerman 89%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 70%
Bill Archer 20%
Richard Armey 20%
John Ashcroft 10%
Spencer Bachus 10%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 20%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 40%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 20%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 20%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 80%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 90%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 90%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 78%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 70%
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 89%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 20%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 90%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 80%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 60%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 30%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 20%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 90%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 90%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 89%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 30%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 0%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 20%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 10%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 20%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 78%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 90%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 80%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 80%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 50%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 80%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 50%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 30%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 20%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 80%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 30%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 50%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 90%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 40%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 90%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 70%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 20%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 100%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 70%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 78%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 100%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 90%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 20%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 20%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 100%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 40%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 20%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 80%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 80%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 90%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 70%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 80%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 40%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 80%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 20%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 20%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 20%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 20%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 80%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 90%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 90%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 80%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 70%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 90%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 80%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 70%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 60%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 20%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 80%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 10%
Neil Abercrombie 80%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 30%
Gary Ackerman 89%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 90%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 90%
Rob Andrews 70%
Bill Archer 20%
Richard Armey 20%
John Ashcroft 10%
Spencer Bachus 10%
Richard Hugh Baker 20%
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