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2012 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 35%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby Republican 24%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 24%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 24%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks Republican 6%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 100%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 18%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford Republican 29%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack Republican 35%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Republican 25%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 100%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar Republican 13%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert Republican 12%
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 24%
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 93%
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 19%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 35%
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 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass Democratic 94%
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 38%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 94%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 94%
CA Supervisor - 4 Janice Hahn 100%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 91%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner Republican 6%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton Republican 24%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 82%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 100%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman Republican 19%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 94%
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 94%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 91%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio Republican 9%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 0%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster Republican 24%
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 29%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 94%
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 94%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 53%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 94%
GA U.S. House - 7 Rob Woodall Republican 12%
GA U.S. House - 8 Austin Scott Republican 0%
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 9%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack Democratic 88%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King Republican 6%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 9%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 29%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski Democratic 71%
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 - 15 John Shimkus Republican 29%
IL U.S. House - 16 Adam Kinzinger Republican 29%
IN U.S. Senate - Sr Todd Young Republican 18%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 76%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
IN U.S. House - 8 Larry Bucshon Republican 29%
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 18%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul Republican 18%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie Republican 18%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth Democratic 100%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 35%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 45%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 35%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 0%
AL U.S. House - 2 Martha Roby R 24%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 24%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 24%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks R 6%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell D 100%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 18%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford R 29%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack R 35%
AR Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin R 25%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 100%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar R 13%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert R 12%
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 24%
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 93%
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 19%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 35%
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 100%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 100%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass D 94%
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 38%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 94%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 94%
CA Supervisor - 4 Janice Hahn 100%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 91%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr Cory Gardner R 6%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO U.S. House - 3 Scott Tipton R 24%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 6%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 82%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 100%
CO Mayor Michael Coffman R 19%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal D 100%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 94%
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 94%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 94%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 91%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 100%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. D 88%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio R 9%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 0%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster R 24%
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 29%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 94%
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 94%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 53%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 94%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 94%
GA U.S. House - 7 Rob Woodall R 12%
GA U.S. House - 8 Austin Scott R 0%
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 9%
IA U.S. House - 2 Dave Loebsack D 88%
IA U.S. House - 4 Steve King R 6%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 18%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 9%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 29%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 100%
IL U.S. House - 3 Dan Lipinski D 71%
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 - 15 John Shimkus R 29%
IL U.S. House - 16 Adam Kinzinger R 29%
IN U.S. Senate - Sr Todd Young R 18%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 76%
IN U.S. House - 7 André Carson D 100%
IN U.S. House - 8 Larry Bucshon R 29%
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 18%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul R 18%
KY U.S. House - 2 Brett Guthrie R 18%
KY U.S. House - 3 John Yarmuth D 100%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 35%
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