Rating Group: Massachusetts Teachers Association

1996-1998 Positions

Issues: Education

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State Office Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 62%
MA U.S. House - 9 Bill Keating Democratic 92%
MA State House - Tenth Bristol William Straus Democratic 86%
MA State House - Thirteenth Bristol Antonio Cabral Democratic 67%
MA State House - Eighth Hampden Joseph Wagner Democratic 69%
MA State House - Eleventh Middlesex Kay Khan Democratic 100%
MA State House - Sixteenth Middlesex Tom Golden, Jr. Democratic 50%
MA State House - Twentieth Middlesex Brad Jones, Jr. Republican 50%
MA State House - Thirty-Sixth Middlesex Colleen Garry Democratic 53%
MA State House - Third Norfolk Ronald Mariano Democratic 71%
MA State House - Sixth Norfolk Bill Galvin Democratic 81%
MA State House - Twelfth Norfolk John Rogers Democratic 60%
MA State House - Eleventh Suffolk Elizabeth Malia Democratic 80%
MA State House - Seventeenth Suffolk Kevin Honan Democratic 69%
MA State House - Seventh Worcester Paul Frost Republican 54%
MA State Senate - First Bristol and Plymouth Michael Rodrigues Democratic 50%
MA State Senate - Second Bristol and Plymouth Mark Montigny Democratic 69%
MA State Senate - First Essex and Middlesex Bruce Tarr Republican 69%
MA State Senate - Second Essex and Middlesex Barry Finegold Democratic 38%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex Pat Jehlen Democratic 94%
MA State Senate - First Plymouth and Bristol Marc Pacheco Democratic 92%
MA State Senate - First Worcester Harriette Chandler Democratic 79%
MA Mayor - At-Large Michael Cahill 69%
MA Mayor - At-Large Robert Hedlund, Jr. 69%
MA Mayor - At-Large Thomas McGee Democratic 87%
MA Council Member - At-Large Tim Toomey, Jr. 63%
MA Councilor - At-Large John Stefanini 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh 73%
Matthew Amorello 42%
Steven Angelo 94%
Robert Antonioni 69%
Michael Bellotti 75%
Robert Bernstein 77%
Frederick Berry 67%
John Binienda, Sr. 60%
Daniel Bosley 77%
Stephen Brewer 67%
Arthur Broadhurst, Jr. 57%
John Businger 100%
Thomas Cahir 87%
Christine Canavan 71%
Gale Candaras 69%
Paul Caron 77%
Paul Casey 63%
Evelyn Chesky 67%
Vincent Paul Ciampa 69%
Edward Clancy, Jr. 69%
Forrester Clark, Jr. 58%
Carol Cleven 75%
Edward Connolly 62%
Robert Correia 60%
Geraldine Creedon 73%
Robert Creedon, Jr. 100%
Brian Cresta 56%
Donna Fournier Cuomo 38%
Walter DeFilippi 31%
Robert DeLeo 63%
Paul Demakis 88%
Brian Dempsey 46%
Salvatore DiMasi 69%
David Donnelly 60%
Carol Donovan 100%
Robert Durand 62%
James Fagan 63%
Christopher Fallon 69%
Susan Fargo 100%
Robert Fennell 71%
Kevin Finnegan 38%
Thomas Finneran 60%
Kevin Fitzgerald 69%
Nancy Flavin 71%
Gloria Fox 100%
Joseph Gallitano 69%
Barbara Gardner 69%
David Gately 67%
Ronald Gauch 38%
Thomas George 69%
Anthony Philip Giglio 56%
Guy Glodis 57%
Emile Goguen 56%
Shirley Gomes 56%
William Greene, Jr. 50%
Patrick Guerriero 50%
Cele Hahn 56%
Paul Haley 69%
Geoffrey Hall 57%
Robert Hargraves 38%
Lida Harkins 79%
John Hart, Jr. 62%
Robert Havern III 92%
Christopher Hodgkins 92%
Barbara Hyland 25%
Frank Hynes 63%
Cheryl Ann Jacques 67%
James Jajuga 62%
Brian Joyce 100%
Louis Kafka 88%
Rachel Kaprielian 88%
Jay Kaufman 87%
Daniel Keenan 67%
State Office Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 62%
MA U.S. House - 9 Bill Keating D 92%
MA State House - Tenth Bristol William Straus D 86%
MA State House - Thirteenth Bristol Antonio Cabral D 67%
MA State House - Eighth Hampden Joseph Wagner D 69%
MA State House - Eleventh Middlesex Kay Khan D 100%
MA State House - Sixteenth Middlesex Tom Golden, Jr. D 50%
MA State House - Twentieth Middlesex Brad Jones, Jr. R 50%
MA State House - Thirty-Sixth Middlesex Colleen Garry D 53%
MA State House - Third Norfolk Ronald Mariano D 71%
MA State House - Sixth Norfolk Bill Galvin D 81%
MA State House - Twelfth Norfolk John Rogers D 60%
MA State House - Eleventh Suffolk Elizabeth Malia D 80%
MA State House - Seventeenth Suffolk Kevin Honan D 69%
MA State House - Seventh Worcester Paul Frost R 54%
MA State Senate - First Bristol and Plymouth Michael Rodrigues D 50%
MA State Senate - Second Bristol and Plymouth Mark Montigny D 69%
MA State Senate - First Essex and Middlesex Bruce Tarr R 69%
MA State Senate - Second Essex and Middlesex Barry Finegold D 38%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex Pat Jehlen D 94%
MA State Senate - First Plymouth and Bristol Marc Pacheco D 92%
MA State Senate - First Worcester Harriette Chandler D 79%
MA Mayor - At-Large Michael Cahill 69%
MA Mayor - At-Large Robert Hedlund, Jr. 69%
MA Mayor - At-Large Thomas McGee D 87%
MA Council Member - At-Large Tim Toomey, Jr. 63%
MA Councilor - At-Large John Stefanini 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh 73%
Matthew Amorello 42%
Steven Angelo 94%
Robert Antonioni 69%
Michael Bellotti 75%
Robert Bernstein 77%
Frederick Berry 67%
John Binienda, Sr. 60%
Daniel Bosley 77%
Stephen Brewer 67%
Arthur Broadhurst, Jr. 57%
John Businger 100%
Thomas Cahir 87%
Christine Canavan 71%
Gale Candaras 69%
Paul Caron 77%
Paul Casey 63%
Evelyn Chesky 67%
Vincent Paul Ciampa 69%
Edward Clancy, Jr. 69%
Forrester Clark, Jr. 58%
Carol Cleven 75%
Edward Connolly 62%
Robert Correia 60%
Geraldine Creedon 73%
Robert Creedon, Jr. 100%
Brian Cresta 56%
Donna Fournier Cuomo 38%
Walter DeFilippi 31%
Robert DeLeo 63%
Paul Demakis 88%
Brian Dempsey 46%
Salvatore DiMasi 69%
David Donnelly 60%
Carol Donovan 100%
Robert Durand 62%
James Fagan 63%
Christopher Fallon 69%
Susan Fargo 100%
Robert Fennell 71%
Kevin Finnegan 38%
Thomas Finneran 60%
Kevin Fitzgerald 69%
Nancy Flavin 71%
Gloria Fox 100%
Joseph Gallitano 69%
Barbara Gardner 69%
David Gately 67%
Ronald Gauch 38%
Thomas George 69%
Anthony Philip Giglio 56%
Guy Glodis 57%
Emile Goguen 56%
Shirley Gomes 56%
William Greene, Jr. 50%
Patrick Guerriero 50%
Cele Hahn 56%
Paul Haley 69%
Geoffrey Hall 57%
Robert Hargraves 38%
Lida Harkins 79%
John Hart, Jr. 62%
Robert Havern III 92%
Christopher Hodgkins 92%
Barbara Hyland 25%
Frank Hynes 63%
Cheryl Ann Jacques 67%
James Jajuga 62%
Brian Joyce 100%
Louis Kafka 88%
Rachel Kaprielian 88%
Jay Kaufman 87%
Daniel Keenan 67%
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