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2017-2018 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 52%
AK U.S. Senate - Jr Dan Sullivan Republican 21%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 15%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Jr Doug Jones Democratic 42%
AL U.S. House - 1 Bradley Byrne Republican 4%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby Republican 3%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 4%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 4%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks Republican 11%
AL U.S. House - 6 Gary Palmer Republican 7%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 79%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 5%
AR U.S. Senate - Jr Tom Cotton Republican 14%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford Republican 4%
AR U.S. House - 2 French Hill Republican 11%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack Republican 4%
AR U.S. House - 4 Bruce Westerman Republican 7%
AZ U.S. Senate - Sr Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 64%
AZ U.S. Senate - Jr Martha McSally Republican 7%
AZ U.S. House - 1 Tom O'Halleran Democratic 68%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 89%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar Republican 29%
AZ U.S. House - 5 Andy Biggs Republican 26%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert Republican 18%
AZ U.S. House - 7 Ruben Gallego Democratic 89%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
CA U.S. Senate - Jr Kamala Harris Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 4%
CA U.S. House - 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 21%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 7 Ami Bera Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House - 8 Paul Cook Republican 7%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House - 15 Eric Swalwell Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House - 17 Ro Khanna Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House - 20 Jimmy Panetta Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 4%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 4%
CA U.S. House - 24 Salud Carbajal Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House - 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 31 Pete Aguilar Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 34 Jimmy Gomez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 35 Norma Torres Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House - 36 Raul Ruiz Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 41 Mark Takano Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 4%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 44 Nanette Barragán Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 46 Lou Correa Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 52 Scott Peters Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 86%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 71%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner Republican 29%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton Republican 7%
CO U.S. House - 4 Ken Buck Republican 9%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 11%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 75%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 93%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman Republican 21%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 73%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 71%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 78%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 79%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 79%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 62%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 77%
DE U.S. House - At-Large Lisa Blunt Rochester Democratic 79%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio Republican 5%
FL U.S. House - 1 Matt Gaetz Republican 9%
FL U.S. House - 2 Neal Dunn Republican 4%
FL U.S. House - 3 Ted Yoho Republican 15%
FL U.S. House - 4 John Rutherford Republican 3%
FL U.S. House - 5 Al Lawson, Jr. Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House - 7 Stephanie Murphy Democratic 64%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 17%
FL U.S. House - 9 Darren Soto Democratic 86%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 52%
AK U.S. Senate - Jr Dan Sullivan R 21%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 15%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Jr Doug Jones D 42%
AL U.S. House - 1 Bradley Byrne R 4%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby R 3%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 4%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 4%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks R 11%
AL U.S. House - 6 Gary Palmer R 7%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell D 79%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 5%
AR U.S. Senate - Jr Tom Cotton R 14%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford R 4%
AR U.S. House - 2 French Hill R 11%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack R 4%
AR U.S. House - 4 Bruce Westerman R 7%
AZ U.S. Senate - Sr Kyrsten Sinema D 64%
AZ U.S. Senate - Jr Martha McSally R 7%
AZ U.S. House - 1 Tom O'Halleran D 68%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 89%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar R 29%
AZ U.S. House - 5 Andy Biggs R 26%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert R 18%
AZ U.S. House - 7 Ruben Gallego D 89%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 73%
CA U.S. Senate - Jr Kamala Harris D 86%
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa R 4%
CA U.S. House - 2 Jared Huffman D 93%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi D 75%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 21%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 75%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 89%
CA U.S. House - 7 Ami Bera D 71%
CA U.S. House - 8 Paul Cook R 7%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 88%
CA U.S. House - 11 Mark DeSaulnier D 96%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 77%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 96%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 82%
CA U.S. House - 15 Eric Swalwell D 78%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 60%
CA U.S. House - 17 Ro Khanna D 93%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 86%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 91%
CA U.S. House - 20 Jimmy Panetta D 79%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 4%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 4%
CA U.S. House - 24 Salud Carbajal D 73%
CA U.S. House - 26 Julia Brownley D 79%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 89%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 79%
CA U.S. House - 29 Tony Cárdenas D 88%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 86%
CA U.S. House - 31 Pete Aguilar D 75%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 86%
CA U.S. House - 33 Ted Lieu D 87%
CA U.S. House - 34 Jimmy Gomez D 93%
CA U.S. House - 35 Norma Torres D 81%
CA U.S. House - 36 Raul Ruiz D 71%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass D 92%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 89%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 89%
CA U.S. House - 41 Mark Takano D 93%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 4%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 89%
CA U.S. House - 44 Nanette Barragán D 93%
CA U.S. House - 46 Lou Correa D 75%
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal D 89%
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas D 89%
CA U.S. House - 52 Scott Peters D 71%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 86%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 71%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner R 29%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 92%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton R 7%
CO U.S. House - 4 Ken Buck R 9%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 11%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 75%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 93%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman R 21%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal D 73%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 71%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 80%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 78%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 79%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 79%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 62%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 77%
DE U.S. House - At-Large Lisa Blunt Rochester D 79%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio R 5%
FL U.S. House - 1 Matt Gaetz R 9%
FL U.S. House - 2 Neal Dunn R 4%
FL U.S. House - 3 Ted Yoho R 15%
FL U.S. House - 4 John Rutherford R 3%
FL U.S. House - 5 Al Lawson, Jr. D 67%
FL U.S. House - 7 Stephanie Murphy D 64%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 17%
FL U.S. House - 9 Darren Soto D 86%
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