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2011 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 45%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 13%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby Republican 22%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 28%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 22%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks Republican 17%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 94%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 27%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford Republican 28%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack Republican 22%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 28%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar Republican 11%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert Republican 6%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 11%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 18%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass 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 22%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 100%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner Republican 17%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton Republican 17%
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 - At-Large Michael Coffman Republican 11%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 90%
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 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 94%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio Republican 36%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 17%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster Republican 11%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 18%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 22%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 33%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House - 7 Rob Woodall Republican 12%
GA U.S. House - 8 Austin Scott Republican 12%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 94%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 100%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 9%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 83%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 11%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 27%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 27%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 28%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 91%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 89%
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 94%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 28%
IL U.S. House - 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 28%
IN U.S. Senate - Sr Todd Young Republican 17%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 94%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House - 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 22%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 20%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 18%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul Republican 36%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 22%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 94%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 22%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 45%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 13%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 18%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby R 22%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 28%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 22%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks R 17%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell D 94%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 27%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford R 28%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack R 22%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin R 28%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 100%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar R 11%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert R 6%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 91%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi D 94%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 11%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 88%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 100%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 94%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 100%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 94%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 100%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 71%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 93%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 88%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 18%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 11%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 100%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 94%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 94%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass 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 22%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 94%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 100%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 100%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 100%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner R 17%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton R 17%
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 - At-Large Michael Coffman R 11%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal D 90%
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 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 100%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 100%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. D 94%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio R 36%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 17%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster R 11%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 18%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 100%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 22%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 100%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch D 100%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 100%
FL U.S. House - 24 Frederica Wilson D 100%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 33%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 88%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House - 7 Rob Woodall R 12%
GA U.S. House - 8 Austin Scott R 12%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 94%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 100%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 9%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack D 83%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 11%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 27%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 27%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 28%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 91%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 100%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 89%
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 94%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 28%
IL U.S. House - 16 Adam Kinzinger R 28%
IN U.S. Senate - Sr Todd Young R 17%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 94%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 100%
IN U.S. House - 8 Larry Bucshon R 22%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 20%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 18%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 27%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul R 36%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 22%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 94%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 22%
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