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2009 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 50
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 41
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 21
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 44
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 22
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 22
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 78
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 93
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 94
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 18
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 17
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 86
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 100
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 100
CO Mayor Michael Coffman Republican 17
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 100
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 100
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 94
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 28
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 33
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 44
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 53
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 100
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 21
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 100
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 0
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 14
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 14
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 39
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 94
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster Democratic 94
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 33
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 94
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 100
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 21
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 28
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 14
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 28
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 28
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 28
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 100
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 100
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 100
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 100
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 100
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes Democratic 100
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 100
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 64
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 100
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters Democratic 94
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 44
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 86
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 100
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 83
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 19
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 22
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 100
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 24
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 50
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 41
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 21
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 44
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 22
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 22
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick D 78
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 100
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 93
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 0
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 100
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 100
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 100
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 100
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 94
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 100
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 94
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 18
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 17
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 100
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 100
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 100
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 100
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 33
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 100
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 100
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 86
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 6
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 100
CO Governor Jared Polis D 100
CO Mayor Michael Coffman R 17
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 100
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 100
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 100
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 100
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 94
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 93
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 28
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 33
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 100
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 44
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 100
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 53
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 100
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 100
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 100
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 100
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 21
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack D 100
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 0
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 14
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 14
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 39
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 93
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 100
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 94
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley D 100
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 100
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster D 94
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 33
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 94
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 100
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 21
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 28
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 14
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 28
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 100
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 28
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy R 28
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise R 13
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 100
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 100
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 100
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 100
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 100
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 100
MD U.S. House - 3 John Sarbanes D 100
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 100
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 64
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree D 100
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 100
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters D 94
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 44
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 86
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 100
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 83
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 100
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 100
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 19
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 100
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 22
MO U.S. House - 5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 100
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 24
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