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2010 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 33%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 50%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 7%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 25%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 31%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 25%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 80%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 88%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 6%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 13%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 27%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 94%
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 94%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 19%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 93%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 94%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 81%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman Republican 13%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 81%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 94%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
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 31%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 25%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 33%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 86%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 93%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 100%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 94%
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 6%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 7%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 7%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 13%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 25%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 81%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 8%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 14%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 7%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 19%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 94%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 25%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy Republican 33%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 94%
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 43%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree Democratic 94%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 100%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 31%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 86%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 94%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 81%
MN Governor Tim Walz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 93%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 18%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 94%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 20%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 33%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 50%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 7%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 25%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 31%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 25%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick D 80%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 88%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 100%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi D 94%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 6%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 94%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 94%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 94%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 88%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 92%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 93%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 94%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 13%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 27%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 94%
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 94%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 93%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 94%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 19%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 87%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 93%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 93%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 93%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 6%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 94%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 81%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman R 13%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 81%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 94%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 100%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 94%
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 31%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 25%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 100%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 33%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 86%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 33%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 93%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 100%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 94%
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 6%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 7%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 7%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 13%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 87%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 88%
IL U.S. House - 5 Mike Quigley D 100%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 94%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 100%
IL U.S. House - 11 Bill Foster D 100%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 25%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 81%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 100%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 8%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 14%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 7%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 19%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 94%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 25%
LA U.S. Senate - Sr Bill Cassidy R 33%
LA U.S. House - 1 Steve Scalise R 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 94%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 94%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 94%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 88%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 93%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 94%
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 43%
ME U.S. House - 1 Chellie Pingree D 94%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 100%
MI U.S. Senate - Jr Gary Peters D 88%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 31%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 86%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 94%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 81%
MN Governor Tim Walz DFL 100%
MN Attorney General Keith Ellison DFL 93%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 18%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 94%
MO U.S. House - 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 20%
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