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State Office Name Party Rating
Jay Rockefeller IV 85%
Ciro Rodriguez 92%
Timothy Roemer 88%
James Rogan 16%
Dana Rohrabacher 16%
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 52%
William Roth, Jr. 30%
Steve Rothman 88%
Marge Roukema 24%
Ed Royce 12%
Jim Ryun 12%
Martin Olav Sabo 92%
Matt Salmon 12%
Loretta Sanchez 88%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 84%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 28%
Rick Santorum 30%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Thomas Sawyer 92%
Jim Saxton 40%
Joe Scarborough 12%
Robert Schaffer 24%
Jeff Sessions III 10%
Pete Sessions 8%
John Shadegg 12%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 24%
Christopher Shays 64%
E.G. Shuster 16%
Norman Sisisky 92%
Joseph Skeen 28%
Ike Skelton 76%
Louise Slaughter 96%
Gordon Smith 30%
Lamar Smith 12%
Nick Smith 28%
Bob Smith 15%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Vic Snyder 88%
Mark Souder 36%
Arlen Specter 85%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 16%
John Spratt, Jr. 92%
Pete Stark 88%
Cliff Stearns 16%
Charles Stenholm 72%
Ted Stevens 40%
Ted Strickland 100%
Bob Stump 12%
Bart Stupak 96%
John Sununu 12%
James Talent 20%
John Tanner 72%
Ellen Tauscher 84%
William Tauzin II 20%
Charles Taylor 20%
Gene Taylor 28%
Craig Thomas 10%
William Thomas 20%
Fred Thompson 10%
Karen Thurman 96%
Strom Thurmond 15%
Todd Tiahrt 8%
John Tierney 96%
Robert Torricelli 90%
Ed Towns 84%
James Traficant, Jr. 64%
James Turner 80%
Bruce Vento 96%
James Walsh 52%
Zach Wamp 20%
John Warner 30%
Wesley Watkins 20%
Mel Watt 100%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 32%
Henry Waxman 92%
David Weldon 16%
W. Curtis Weldon 32%
Gerald Weller 32%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Robert Wexler 92%
Bob Weygand 92%
Ed Whitfield 20%
Heather Wilson 22%
Bob Wise, Jr. 92%
Frank Wolf 24%
Lynn Woolsey 96%
Albert Wynn 88%
Bill Young 12%
State Office Name Party Rating
Jay Rockefeller IV 85%
Ciro Rodriguez 92%
Timothy Roemer 88%
James Rogan 16%
Dana Rohrabacher 16%
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 52%
William Roth, Jr. 30%
Steve Rothman 88%
Marge Roukema 24%
Ed Royce 12%
Jim Ryun 12%
Martin Olav Sabo 92%
Matt Salmon 12%
Loretta Sanchez 88%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 84%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 28%
Rick Santorum 30%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Thomas Sawyer 92%
Jim Saxton 40%
Joe Scarborough 12%
Robert Schaffer 24%
Jeff Sessions III 10%
Pete Sessions 8%
John Shadegg 12%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 24%
Christopher Shays 64%
E.G. Shuster 16%
Norman Sisisky 92%
Joseph Skeen 28%
Ike Skelton 76%
Louise Slaughter 96%
Gordon Smith 30%
Lamar Smith 12%
Nick Smith 28%
Bob Smith 15%
Olympia Snowe 60%
Vic Snyder 88%
Mark Souder 36%
Arlen Specter 85%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 16%
John Spratt, Jr. 92%
Pete Stark 88%
Cliff Stearns 16%
Charles Stenholm 72%
Ted Stevens 40%
Ted Strickland 100%
Bob Stump 12%
Bart Stupak 96%
John Sununu 12%
James Talent 20%
John Tanner 72%
Ellen Tauscher 84%
William Tauzin II 20%
Charles Taylor 20%
Gene Taylor 28%
Craig Thomas 10%
William Thomas 20%
Fred Thompson 10%
Karen Thurman 96%
Strom Thurmond 15%
Todd Tiahrt 8%
John Tierney 96%
Robert Torricelli 90%
Ed Towns 84%
James Traficant, Jr. 64%
James Turner 80%
Bruce Vento 96%
James Walsh 52%
Zach Wamp 20%
John Warner 30%
Wesley Watkins 20%
Mel Watt 100%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 32%
Henry Waxman 92%
David Weldon 16%
W. Curtis Weldon 32%
Gerald Weller 32%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Robert Wexler 92%
Bob Weygand 92%
Ed Whitfield 20%
Heather Wilson 22%
Bob Wise, Jr. 92%
Frank Wolf 24%
Lynn Woolsey 96%
Albert Wynn 88%
Bill Young 12%
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