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2005-2006 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 25%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 9%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 18%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 10%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 9%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 95%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 90%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 28%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 71%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 68%
HI U.S. House - 1 Edward Case Democratic 77%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 5%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 9%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 9%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 52%
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 14%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 82%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 25%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 9%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 76%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 91%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 82%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 91%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 42%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 14%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 95%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 36%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 5%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 95%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 86%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 14%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 95%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 0%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 5%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 9%
NH State Senate - 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 23%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 27%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 91%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 86%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 9%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
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 95%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 73%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 90%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 14%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 91%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 14%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 81%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 8%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 25%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 29%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 17%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 9%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 5%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 18%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 73%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 95%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 67%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 95%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 95%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 10%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 91%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 95%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 9%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 95%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 90%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 95%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 67%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 95%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 95%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 28%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 71%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 68%
HI U.S. House - 1 Edward Case D 77%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 25%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 5%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 9%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 9%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 92%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 100%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 52%
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 14%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 82%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 8%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 27%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 25%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 9%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 95%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 95%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 76%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 86%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 91%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 82%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 91%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 42%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 67%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 14%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 95%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 36%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 5%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 95%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 0%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 5%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 86%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 14%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 17%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 95%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 100%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 0%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry R 5%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry R 9%
NH State Senate - 3 Jeb Bradley R 23%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 67%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 27%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 91%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 86%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 83%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 9%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 100%
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 95%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 95%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins D 73%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 90%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 14%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 91%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 14%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan D 81%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 25%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 8%
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