Rating Group: Public Citizen

2005-2006 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 15%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 12%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 12%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 6%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 94%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
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 94%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 6%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa Republican 6%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 94%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 77%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 12%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 47%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 35%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 8%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 23%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 12%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 76%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 82%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 6%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 6%
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 94%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 65%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 71%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 76%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 12%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 6%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 12%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 6%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 76%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 92%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 94%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 8%
NC U.S. House - 1 G. K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 71%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 12%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 12%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 6%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 53%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 94%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 94%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 82%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 6%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 76%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 12%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 71%
OH State House - 65 Jean Schmidt Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 8%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 6%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole Republican 6%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 92%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 76%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 94%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 23%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 6%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 76%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 23%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Marsha Blackburn Republican 6%
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 71%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 0%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 15%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 12%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 12%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 6%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 94%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 69%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 82%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 94%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 94%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 88%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 53%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 82%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 88%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 88%
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 94%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 71%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 6%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 88%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa R 6%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 94%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 94%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 88%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 94%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 77%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 88%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 12%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 47%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 35%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 8%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 23%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 12%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 85%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 76%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 76%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 82%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 6%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 6%
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 94%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 94%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 94%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 65%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 71%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 38%
ME Councilor - Ward 3 Mike Michaud 76%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 69%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 12%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 88%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 6%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 88%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 12%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 6%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 76%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 92%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 94%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 8%
NC U.S. House - 1 G. K. Butterfield, Jr. D 71%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 88%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 12%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry R 12%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry R 6%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 100%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 53%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 94%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 94%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 85%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 59%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 88%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 94%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 100%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins D 82%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 88%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 6%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 76%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 12%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan D 71%
OH State House - 65 Jean Schmidt R 25%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 8%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 6%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole R 6%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 92%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 88%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 88%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 76%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 92%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 94%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 23%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 6%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 76%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 23%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Marsha Blackburn R 6%
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper D 71%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn R 0%
TX U.S. House - 1 Louie Gohmert R 0%
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