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2011-2012 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 50%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 30%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 25%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 76%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 25%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford Republican 0%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack Republican 0%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert Republican 15%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 30%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass Democratic 92%
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 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 84%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor - 4 Janice Hahn 38%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 75%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner Republican 0%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton Republican 0%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 76%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 84%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman Republican 7%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 75%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 84%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 84%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 75%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 75%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 84%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio Republican 25%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 0%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster Republican 7%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 0%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 0%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House - 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 23%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 46%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House - 7 Rob Woodall Republican 15%
GA U.S. House - 8 Austin Scott Republican 0%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 69%
HI U.S. Senate - Sr Brian Schatz Democratic 0%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 92%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 25%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 25%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 7%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 75%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 15%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 0%
IL U.S. House - 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 0%
IN U.S. Senate - Sr Todd Young Republican 7%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 92%
IN U.S. House - 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 25%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 25%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 25%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul Republican 25%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 84%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 50%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 30%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 25%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby R 0%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 0%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 0%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks R 0%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell D 76%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 25%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford R 0%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack R 0%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin R 0%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 100%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar R 0%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert R 15%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 75%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi D 92%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 30%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 100%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 84%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 92%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 69%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 92%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 0%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 0%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 100%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 84%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 92%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass D 92%
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 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 92%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 84%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA Supervisor - 4 Janice Hahn 38%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 75%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner R 0%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton R 0%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 0%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 76%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 84%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman R 7%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal D 75%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 84%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 100%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 84%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 75%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 75%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. D 84%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio R 25%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 0%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster R 7%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 0%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 84%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 0%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 92%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch D 84%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 84%
FL U.S. House - 24 Frederica Wilson D 92%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 23%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 46%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 92%
GA U.S. House - 7 Rob Woodall R 15%
GA U.S. House - 8 Austin Scott R 0%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 69%
HI U.S. Senate - Sr Brian Schatz D 0%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 92%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 25%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack D 100%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 0%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 25%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 25%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 7%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 75%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 84%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 15%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley D 84%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 92%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 0%
IL U.S. House - 16 Adam Kinzinger R 0%
IN U.S. Senate - Sr Todd Young R 7%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 100%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 92%
IN U.S. House - 8 Larry Bucshon R 0%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 25%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 25%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 25%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul R 25%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 0%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 84%
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