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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 23%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 77%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 69%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 31%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 62%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 8%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers Republican 25%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 31%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 14%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 15%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 88%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 77%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 85%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 15%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 85%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 46%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 92%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 38%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 23%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 23%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 69%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 7%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 8%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 31%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 8%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 92%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 85%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 85%
Neil Abercrombie 85%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 21%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Wayne Allard 8%
Rob Andrews 92%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 15%
John Ashcroft 14%
Spencer Bachus 23%
Henry Scott Baesler 77%
Richard Hugh Baker 23%
William Baker 0%
Joseph Baldacci 77%
Cass Ballenger 8%
James Barcia 69%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Joe Barton 8%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 23%
Max Baucus 71%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 14%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 31%
Howard Berman 85%
Tom Bevill 38%
Joe Biden, Jr. 71%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 23%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 21%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 79%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 77%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 75%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 77%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 92%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 15%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 77%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 77%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 85%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 69%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 31%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 62%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 21%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 8%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 77%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 85%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 92%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers R 25%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 31%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 14%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 15%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields D 88%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 77%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 77%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 85%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 85%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 31%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 85%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 15%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 85%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 8%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 85%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 46%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 92%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 85%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 38%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 85%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 92%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 85%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 85%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 92%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 23%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 23%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 69%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 29%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 7%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 8%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 85%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 100%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 85%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 92%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 85%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 31%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 77%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 8%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 85%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 77%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 92%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 85%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 93%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 85%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 71%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 15%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 85%
Neil Abercrombie 85%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 21%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Wayne Allard 8%
Rob Andrews 92%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 15%
John Ashcroft 14%
Spencer Bachus 23%
Henry Scott Baesler 77%
Richard Hugh Baker 23%
William Baker 0%
Joseph Baldacci 77%
Cass Ballenger 8%
James Barcia 69%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 15%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Joe Barton 8%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 23%
Max Baucus 71%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 14%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 31%
Howard Berman 85%
Tom Bevill 38%
Joe Biden, Jr. 71%
Brian Bilbray 54%
Michael Bilirakis 23%
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