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1999-2000 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 7%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 87%
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 93%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 13%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 80%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 13%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 73%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 8%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 87%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 87%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 13%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 73%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 73%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 93%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 7%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 7%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 87%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 80%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 73%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 93%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 60%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 7%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 87%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 8%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 8%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 13%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 73%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 7%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 80%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 47%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 87%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 13%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 7%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 17 Pete Sessions Republican 13%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 73%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 80%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 75%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 58%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 67%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 80%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 87%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 73%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83%
Wayne Allard 8%
Thomas Allen 73%
Rob Andrews 100%
Bill Archer 13%
Richard Armey 7%
John Ashcroft 8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Spencer Bachus 20%
Brian Baird 87%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
State Office Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 17%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 20%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 7%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 75%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 87%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 87%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 93%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 73%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 53%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 87%
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 93%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 87%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 13%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 80%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 13%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 73%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 17%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 8%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 83%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 80%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 87%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 87%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 13%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 20%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 93%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 73%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 73%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 73%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 50%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 100%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 93%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 7%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 0%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 7%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 87%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 67%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 80%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 13%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 80%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 93%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 73%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 93%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 83%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 80%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 93%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 60%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 93%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 7%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 20%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcy Kaptur D 87%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 8%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 8%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 13%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 75%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 73%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 100%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 7%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 80%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 92%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 47%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 87%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 13%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 7%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 0%
TX U.S. House - 17 Pete Sessions R 13%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 73%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 67%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 80%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 80%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 75%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 58%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 67%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 80%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin D 87%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 73%
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 80%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 83%
Wayne Allard 8%
Thomas Allen 73%
Rob Andrews 100%
Bill Archer 13%
Richard Armey 7%
John Ashcroft 8%
Joe Baca, Sr. 100%
Spencer Bachus 20%
Brian Baird 87%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
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