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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 17%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 83%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 50%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 50%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 33%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 33%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 83%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 83%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 33%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 17%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 17%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 83%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 83%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 83%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 0%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 60%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 33%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 33%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 33%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 67%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 17%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 67%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 67%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 33%
Neil Abercrombie 83%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 33%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 67%
Wayne Allard 33%
Thomas Allen 83%
Rob Andrews 67%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 33%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 33%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Joseph Baldacci 80%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 33%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 0%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 17%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 67%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 83%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 67%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 83%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 100%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 50%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 33%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 67%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 80%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 0%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 50%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 33%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 0%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 33%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 67%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 83%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 83%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 83%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 33%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 50%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 17%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 17%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 0%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 83%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 0%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 67%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 83%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 0%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 83%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 50%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 0%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 83%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 83%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 83%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 67%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 0%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 0%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 60%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 33%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 33%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 67%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 100%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 100%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 33%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 67%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 67%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 0%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 0%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 0%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 17%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 83%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 67%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 67%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 67%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 0%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 67%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 33%
Neil Abercrombie 83%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 33%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 67%
Wayne Allard 33%
Thomas Allen 83%
Rob Andrews 67%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 33%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 33%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Joseph Baldacci 80%
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