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2003-2004 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 11%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 5%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 95%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 95%
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 75%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 95%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 95%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 83%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 56%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 11%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 56%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 65%
HI U.S. House - 1 Edward Case Democratic 65%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 11%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 75%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 22%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 5%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 70%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 55%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 79%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 80%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 78%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 5%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 90%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 30%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 6%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 63%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 10%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 75%
NH State Senate - 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 61%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 15%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 70%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 63%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 78%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 10%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 79%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
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 61%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 0%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 70%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 22%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 12%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 0%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 65%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 78%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 0%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 11%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 0%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 0%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 5%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 95%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 78%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 75%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 90%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 79%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 89%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 0%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 80%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 85%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 80%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 95%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 95%
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 75%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 95%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 95%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 95%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 83%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 80%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 56%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 88%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 11%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 56%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 65%
HI U.S. House - 1 Edward Case D 65%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 11%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 0%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 11%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 11%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 89%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 100%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 95%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 5%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 75%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 22%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 10%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 5%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 90%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 70%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 85%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 55%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 79%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 85%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 60%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 80%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 56%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 78%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 5%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 90%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 30%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 0%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 6%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 63%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 0%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 10%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 75%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 75%
NH State Senate - 3 Jeb Bradley R 5%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 61%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 15%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 70%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 63%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 90%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 78%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 10%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 83%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 94%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 85%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 94%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 75%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 79%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 84%
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 61%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 0%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan D 70%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 22%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 12%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 0%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole R 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 78%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 0%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 89%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 75%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 65%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 78%
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