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2008 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 20%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 60%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 86%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 20%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 40%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 40%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 88%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 0%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 80%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 88%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman Republican 0%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 40%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 84%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 86%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 40%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 80%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 76%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 86%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 92%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 88%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 0%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 92%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 98%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 80%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 86%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 86%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 26%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 94%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 90%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 60%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 100%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 100%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 90%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 98%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 40%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 90%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 40%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 82%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 80%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 0%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 80%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 100%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 6%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 0%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 80%
NE U.S. House - 3 Adrian Smith Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 86%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 96%
NJ U.S. House - 8 Albio Sires Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 94%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 92%
NV U.S. House - 1 Dina Titus Democratic 80%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 20%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 86%
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 92%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 80%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 20%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 20%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 60%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 86%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 100%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 94%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 80%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 60%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 92%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 100%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 20%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 40%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 96%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 86%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 96%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 100%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 80%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 40%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 80%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 80%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 88%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 92%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 0%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 80%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 88%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman R 0%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 100%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 94%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 80%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 86%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 100%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 40%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 84%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 86%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 88%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 86%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 40%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 80%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 76%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 86%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 92%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack D 88%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 0%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 92%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 90%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 88%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 98%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 80%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 86%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 86%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 26%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 94%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 20%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 100%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 86%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 80%
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes D 84%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 90%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 60%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 100%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 100%
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 90%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 98%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 40%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 90%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 40%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 82%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 80%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 0%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 80%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 100%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 6%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry R 0%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry R 80%
NE U.S. House - 3 Adrian Smith R 20%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 86%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 96%
NJ U.S. House - 8 Albio Sires D 80%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 94%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 92%
NV U.S. House - 1 Dina Titus D 80%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 86%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 20%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 82%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 80%
NY U.S. House - 9 Yvette Clarke D 86%
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 92%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 90%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 86%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins D 80%
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