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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 21%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 12%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 19%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 69%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 6%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 19%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 69%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 69%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 13%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 22%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 78%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 47%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 62%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 56%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 12%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 38%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 6%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 12%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 62%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 62%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 25%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 69%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 6%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 13%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 67%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 24%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 12%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 42%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 81%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 75%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 12%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 81%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 81%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 59%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 59%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 19%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 69%
Neil Abercrombie 94%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 44%
Wayne Allard 12%
Rob Andrews 53%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 22%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 38%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 17%
Joseph Baldacci 56%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 19%
Joe Barton 6%
Charlie Bass 12%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 7%
Max Baucus 33%
Anthony Beilenson 92%
Bob Bennett 24%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 6%
Howard Berman 77%
Tom Bevill 25%
Joe Biden, Jr. 39%
Brian Bilbray 12%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 21%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 12%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 35%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 93%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 73%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 94%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 94%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 12%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 19%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 69%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 87%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 6%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 50%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 17%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 19%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 69%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 87%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 69%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers R 8%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 13%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 22%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 0%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields D 78%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 47%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 62%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 56%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 12%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 38%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 80%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 6%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 64%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 12%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 62%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 62%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 25%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 93%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 80%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 94%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 69%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 6%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 13%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 67%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 17%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 24%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 12%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 42%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 75%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 81%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 50%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 75%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 12%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 75%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 0%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 93%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 75%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 81%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 81%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 59%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 59%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 19%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 69%
Neil Abercrombie 94%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 44%
Wayne Allard 12%
Rob Andrews 53%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 22%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 38%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 17%
Joseph Baldacci 56%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 19%
Joe Barton 6%
Charlie Bass 12%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 7%
Max Baucus 33%
Anthony Beilenson 92%
Bob Bennett 24%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 6%
Howard Berman 77%
Tom Bevill 25%
Joe Biden, Jr. 39%
Brian Bilbray 12%
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