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2009-2010 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 6%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 6%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 94%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 13%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 13%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 81%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 13%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 88%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 94%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman Republican 13%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 81%
DC U.S. House - Delegate Eleanor Norton Democratic 75%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 13%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 6%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 13%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 75%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 31%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 81%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 81%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 94%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 7%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 94%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 7%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 6%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 13%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 87%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 88%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 7%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 13%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 7%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 13%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 88%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 6%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 25%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 80%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 93%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 19%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 87%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 31%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 43%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 20%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 7%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 6%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 6%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 13%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick D 80%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 94%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 87%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi D 71%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 13%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 88%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 88%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 88%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 90%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 94%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 94%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 69%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 81%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 87%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 13%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 13%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 89%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 87%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 94%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 88%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 93%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 88%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 13%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 94%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 93%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 93%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 81%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 13%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 88%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 94%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman R 13%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 81%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 94%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 87%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 81%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 81%
DC U.S. House - Delegate Eleanor Norton D 75%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 93%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 100%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 13%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 6%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 88%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 13%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 100%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch D 75%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 88%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 31%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 81%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 94%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 81%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 94%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 7%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack D 94%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 13%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 13%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 7%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 6%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 93%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 94%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 50%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley D 83%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 94%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 88%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster D 75%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 13%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 87%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 88%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 7%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 13%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 7%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 13%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 88%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 6%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy R 25%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise R 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 94%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 88%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 94%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 80%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 93%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 88%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 86%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes D 94%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 88%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 47%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree D 94%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 93%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters D 88%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 19%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 87%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 94%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 31%
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