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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 17%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 13%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 13%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 17%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 20%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 70%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 77%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 80%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 83%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 87%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 73%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 63%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 70%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 20%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
GA U.S. House - 5 John Lewis Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 60%
HI U.S. House - 1 Edward Case Democratic 40%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 20%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 17%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 47%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 77%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 17%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 70%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 30%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 80%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 63%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 83%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 67%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 27%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 83%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 50%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 17%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 97%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 80%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 13%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 67%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 17%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 73%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 87%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 10%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry Republican 10%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 20%
NH State Senate - 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 20%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 77%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 13%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 63%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 80%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 17%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 73%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 13%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 73%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 13%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole Republican 13%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 13%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 87%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 77%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 73%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 60%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 13%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 73%
TN U.S. Senate - Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 10%
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 57%
TX U.S. House - 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
TX U.S. House - 9 Al Green Democratic 83%
TX U.S. House - 10 Michael McCaul Republican 17%
TX U.S. House - 11 Mike Conaway Republican 13%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 17%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 13%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 13%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 17%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 87%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 87%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 80%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 93%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 60%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 83%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 93%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 20%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 77%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 73%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 70%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 90%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 70%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 13%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 87%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 77%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 80%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 83%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 87%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 73%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 80%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 63%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 70%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 20%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 43%
GA U.S. House - 5 John Lewis D 83%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 60%
HI U.S. House - 1 Edward Case D 40%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 20%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 17%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 80%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 47%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 77%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 87%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 17%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 70%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 30%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 87%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 87%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 80%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 63%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 77%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 83%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 50%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 67%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 27%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 83%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 50%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 17%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 97%
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 80%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 17%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 13%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 67%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 17%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 73%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 87%
NC U.S. House - 5 Virginia Foxx R 10%
NC U.S. House - 10 Patrick McHenry R 10%
NE U.S. House - 1 Jeff Fortenberry R 20%
NH State Senate - 3 Jeb Bradley R 20%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 20%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 77%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 77%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 87%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 13%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 73%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 87%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 90%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 73%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 90%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 67%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 77%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins D 63%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 80%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 17%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 73%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 13%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan D 73%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 13%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole R 13%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 13%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 87%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 77%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 73%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 60%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 13%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 73%
TN U.S. Senate - Jr Marsha Blackburn R 10%
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper D 57%
TX U.S. House - 1 Louie Gohmert R 20%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 10%
TX U.S. House - 9 Al Green D 83%
TX U.S. House - 10 Michael McCaul R 17%
TX U.S. House - 11 Mike Conaway R 13%
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