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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 25%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 11%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 66%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 88%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 25%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 11%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 33%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 87%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 25%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 22%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 25%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 66%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 25%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 50%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 22%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 88%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 75%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 22%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 0%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 66%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 66%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 0%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
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 88%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
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 66%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 50%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 25%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 11%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 11%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 50%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 55%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 66%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 22%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 11%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 12%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 25%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 11%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 0%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 88%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 88%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 88%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 88%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 87%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 66%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 77%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 87%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 88%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 88%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 77%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 88%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 25%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 88%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 75%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 25%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 50%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 11%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 50%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 75%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 11%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 33%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 87%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 25%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 22%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 25%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 66%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 88%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 50%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 88%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 88%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 25%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 50%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 22%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 88%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 75%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 11%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 22%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 88%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 0%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 11%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 88%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 66%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 0%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 66%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 66%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 50%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 0%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 85%
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 88%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 75%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 88%
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 66%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 50%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 25%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 50%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 11%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 100%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 100%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 11%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 55%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 50%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 55%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 66%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 22%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 11%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 12%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 0%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 88%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 50%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
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