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2015-2016 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 64%
AK U.S. Senate - Jr Dan Sullivan Republican 52%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 11%
AL U.S. House - 1 Bradley Byrne Republican 5%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby Republican 5%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 11%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks Republican 11%
AL U.S. House - 6 Gary Palmer Republican 5%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 76%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 11%
AR U.S. Senate - Jr Tom Cotton Republican 5%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford Republican 5%
AR U.S. House - 2 French Hill Republican 5%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack Republican 5%
AR U.S. House - 4 Bruce Westerman Republican 5%
AZ U.S. Senate - Sr Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 64%
AZ U.S. Senate - Jr Martha McSally Republican 23%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 64%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 94%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House - 7 Ruben Gallego Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 11%
CA U.S. House - 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 23%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 7 Ami Bera Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House - 8 Paul Cook Republican 5%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 88%
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 94%
CA U.S. House - 15 Eric Swalwell Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 5%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 5%
CA U.S. House - 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 31 Pete Aguilar Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 35 Norma Torres Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 36 Raul Ruiz Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 41 Mark Takano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 5%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 52 Scott Peters Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 82%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor - 4 Janice Hahn 94%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 88%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner Republican 58%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton Republican 11%
CO U.S. House - 4 Ken Buck Republican 17%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 11%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 94%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 100%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman Republican 17%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 88%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 88%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 76%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 94%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio Republican 5%
FL U.S. House - 3 Ted Yoho Republican 17%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 17%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster Republican 5%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 5%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 11%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 70%
FL U.S. House - 21 Lois Frankel Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House - 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 5%
FL Governor Ron DeSantis Republican 5%
GA U.S. Senate - Sr David Perdue Republican 11%
GA U.S. House - 1 Buddy Carter Republican 5%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 64%
AK U.S. Senate - Jr Dan Sullivan R 52%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 11%
AL U.S. House - 1 Bradley Byrne R 5%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby R 5%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 11%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 5%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks R 11%
AL U.S. House - 6 Gary Palmer R 5%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell D 76%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 11%
AR U.S. Senate - Jr Tom Cotton R 5%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford R 5%
AR U.S. House - 2 French Hill R 5%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack R 5%
AR U.S. House - 4 Bruce Westerman R 5%
AZ U.S. Senate - Sr Kyrsten Sinema D 64%
AZ U.S. Senate - Jr Martha McSally R 23%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick D 64%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 94%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar R 17%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert R 17%
AZ U.S. House - 7 Ruben Gallego D 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 70%
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa R 11%
CA U.S. House - 2 Jared Huffman D 100%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi D 82%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 23%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 82%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House - 7 Ami Bera D 76%
CA U.S. House - 8 Paul Cook R 5%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 100%
CA U.S. House - 11 Mark DeSaulnier D 88%
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 94%
CA U.S. House - 15 Eric Swalwell D 82%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 76%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 94%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 5%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 5%
CA U.S. House - 26 Julia Brownley D 70%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 88%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 88%
CA U.S. House - 29 Tony Cárdenas D 94%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 94%
CA U.S. House - 31 Pete Aguilar D 64%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House - 33 Ted Lieu D 100%
CA U.S. House - 35 Norma Torres D 88%
CA U.S. House - 36 Raul Ruiz D 76%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass D 76%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 94%
CA U.S. House - 41 Mark Takano D 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 5%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 94%
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal D 100%
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas D 94%
CA U.S. House - 52 Scott Peters D 76%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 82%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA Supervisor - 4 Janice Hahn 94%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 88%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner R 58%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton R 11%
CO U.S. House - 4 Ken Buck R 17%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 11%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 94%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 100%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman R 17%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal D 88%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 88%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 82%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 88%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 88%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 76%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 94%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. D 88%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio R 5%
FL U.S. House - 3 Ted Yoho R 17%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 17%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster R 5%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 5%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 94%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 11%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 70%
FL U.S. House - 21 Lois Frankel D 94%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch D 94%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 82%
FL U.S. House - 24 Frederica Wilson D 94%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 5%
FL Governor Ron DeSantis R 5%
GA U.S. Senate - Sr David Perdue R 11%
GA U.S. House - 1 Buddy Carter R 5%
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