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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 8%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 14%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 7%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 87%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 87%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 87%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 7%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 87%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 40%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 57%
GA U.S. House - 5 John Lewis Democratic 93%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 40%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 13%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 60%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 13%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 79%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 20%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 7%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 87%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 87%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 40%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 60%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 13%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 87%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 57%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 14%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 93%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 7%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 93%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 7%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 87%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 13%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 60%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 93%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 14%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 79%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 87%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 87%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 7%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 7%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 67%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 40%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 20%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 7%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 60%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 13%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 93%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 93%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 13%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 53%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 60%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 53%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 17%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 71%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 7%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 14%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 7%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 93%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 8%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 20%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 13%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 14%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 60%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 87%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 87%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 93%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 87%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 87%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 86%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 73%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 80%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 86%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 7%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 93%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 87%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 87%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 87%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 93%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 7%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 80%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 87%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 40%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 86%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 57%
GA U.S. House - 5 John Lewis D 93%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 20%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 40%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 13%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 60%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 85%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 93%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 93%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 13%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 79%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 20%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 27%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 20%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 7%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 87%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 67%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 87%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 50%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 87%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 87%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 40%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 60%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 13%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 87%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 57%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 14%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 93%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 20%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 7%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 93%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 7%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 13%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 87%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 67%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 13%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 73%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 60%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 93%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 60%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 14%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 83%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 93%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 93%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 87%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 93%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 79%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 87%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 87%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 7%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 7%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 67%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 40%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 20%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 7%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 60%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 13%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 93%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 93%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 13%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 53%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 60%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 53%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 17%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 71%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 7%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 14%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 7%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 93%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 93%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 87%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 60%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 93%
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