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2007 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 100
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 71
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 100
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 0
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 100
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100
NY U.S. House - 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100
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 100
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 83
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0
OH U.S. House - 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 100
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 0
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 100
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 29
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 86
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 17
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 100
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 86
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 86
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 83
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 14
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 14
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 33
TN U.S. Senate - Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 0
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 67
TN U.S. House - 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn Republican 14
TX U.S. House - 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0
TX U.S. House - 9 Al Green Democratic 100
TX U.S. House - 10 Michael McCaul Republican 0
TX U.S. House - 11 Mike Conaway Republican 0
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 0
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 0
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100
TX U.S. House - 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 17
TX U.S. House - 26 Michael Burgess Republican 0
TX U.S. House - 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 67
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100
TX U.S. House - 31 John Carter Republican 0
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100
UT U.S. House - 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 86
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86
VT U.S. House - At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 83
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 83
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 86
WA U.S. House - 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 100
WA U.S. House - 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 0
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 100
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 100
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 100
WI U.S. House - 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 100
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 0
WV U.S. Senate - Jr Shelley Capito Republican 0
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 29
WY U.S. Senate - Jr John Barrasso Republican 20
Neil Abercrombie 100
Gary Ackerman 100
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86
Todd Akin 0
Rodney Alexander 0
Wayne Allard 14
Thomas Allen 100
Jason Altmire 67
Rob Andrews 100
Michael Arcuri 83
Joe Baca, Sr. 100
Michele Bachmann 0
Spencer Bachus 0
Brian Baird 100
Richard Hugh Baker 0
J. Gresham Barrett 0
John Barrow 50
Roscoe Bartlett 33
Joe Barton 0
Max Baucus 100
Evan Bayh 86
Melissa Bean 83
Bob Bennett 14
Shelley Berkley 83
Howard Berman 100
Marion Berry 83
Joe Biden, Jr. 75
State Office Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 100
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 100
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 71
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 100
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 0
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 100
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 100
NY U.S. House - 9 Yvette Clarke D 100
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 100
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 100
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins D 83
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 86
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 0
OH U.S. House - 4 Jim Jordan R 0
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 100
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 0
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan D 100
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 29
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 86
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 17
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 100
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 100
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 71
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 100
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 86
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 86
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 83
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 14
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 0
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 100
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 14
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Lamar Alexander R 33
TN U.S. Senate - Jr Marsha Blackburn R 0
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper D 67
TN U.S. House - 9 Steve Cohen D 100
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn R 14
TX U.S. House - 1 Louie Gohmert R 0
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 0
TX U.S. House - 9 Al Green D 100
TX U.S. House - 10 Michael McCaul R 0
TX U.S. House - 11 Mike Conaway R 0
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 0
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 0
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100
TX U.S. House - 24 Kenny Marchant R 17
TX U.S. House - 26 Michael Burgess R 0
TX U.S. House - 28 Henry Cuellar D 67
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 100
TX U.S. House - 31 John Carter R 0
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100
UT U.S. House - 1 Rob Bishop R 0
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 100
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 86
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 86
VT U.S. House - At-Large Peter Welch D 83
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 83
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell D 86
WA U.S. House - 2 Rick Larsen D 100
WA U.S. House - 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 0
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 100
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 100
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 100
WI U.S. House - 4 Gwen Moore D 100
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 0
WV U.S. Senate - Jr Shelley Capito R 0
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 29
WY U.S. Senate - Jr John Barrasso R 20
Neil Abercrombie 100
Gary Ackerman 100
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86
Todd Akin 0
Rodney Alexander 0
Wayne Allard 14
Thomas Allen 100
Jason Altmire 67
Rob Andrews 100
Michael Arcuri 83
Joe Baca, Sr. 100
Michele Bachmann 0
Spencer Bachus 0
Brian Baird 100
Richard Hugh Baker 0
J. Gresham Barrett 0
John Barrow 50
Roscoe Bartlett 33
Joe Barton 0
Max Baucus 100
Evan Bayh 86
Melissa Bean 83
Bob Bennett 14
Shelley Berkley 83
Howard Berman 100
Marion Berry 83
Joe Biden, Jr. 75
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