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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 28%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 20%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 20%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 24%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 96%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 16%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 92%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 96%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 92%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 88%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 20%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 36%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 96%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 28%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 92%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 10%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 24%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 20%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 12%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 96%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 92%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 92%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 28%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 72%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 12%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 12%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 96%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 16%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 96%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 36%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 96%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 92%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 28%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 96%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 92%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 20%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 16%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 84%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 16%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 92%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 92%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 92%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 12%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 12%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 16%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 24%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 96%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 96%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 84%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 84%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 8%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 92%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 20%
Neil Abercrombie 96%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 96%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 96%
Rob Andrews 84%
Bill Archer 12%
Richard Armey 8%
John Ashcroft 10%
Spencer Bachus 24%
Richard Hugh Baker 16%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 28%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 20%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 20%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 24%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 100%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 96%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 88%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 92%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 84%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 16%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 88%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 92%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 96%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 92%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 88%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 20%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 88%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 20%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 36%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 96%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 28%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 92%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 10%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 24%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 20%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 12%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 96%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 96%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 92%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 88%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 92%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 50%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 88%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 28%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 72%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 12%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 12%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 96%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 16%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 88%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 96%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 36%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 96%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 92%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 76%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 28%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 94%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 92%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 96%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 92%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 88%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 92%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 92%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 20%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 16%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 84%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 25%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 10%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 16%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 90%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 92%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 92%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 92%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 100%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 12%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 100%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 12%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 16%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 24%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 20%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 88%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 96%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 90%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 96%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 95%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 84%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 84%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 8%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 92%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 20%
Neil Abercrombie 96%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 20%
Gary Ackerman 96%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 10%
Thomas Allen 96%
Rob Andrews 84%
Bill Archer 12%
Richard Armey 8%
John Ashcroft 10%
Spencer Bachus 24%
Richard Hugh Baker 16%
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