Rating Group: National Journal

1996 Liberal on Foreign\Defense Policy

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 32%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 86%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 48%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 76%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 47%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 50%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 90%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 21%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 79%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 90%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 81%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 61%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 70%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 72%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 21%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 61%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 90%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 0%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 76%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 28%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 76%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 53%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 76%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 26%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 87%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 74%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 61%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 87%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 59%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 90%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 93%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 90%
Neil Abercrombie 64%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 71%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 64%
Rob Andrews 47%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 28%
Henry Scott Baesler 55%
Richard Hugh Baker 21%
William Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 55%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 30%
Joe Barton 30%
Charlie Bass 38%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 36%
Max Baucus 70%
Anthony Beilenson 93%
Bob Bennett 42%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 70%
Douglas Bereuter 45%
Howard Berman 90%
Tom Bevill 52%
Brian Bilbray 41%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 48%
Sherwood Boehlert 37%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 35%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 79%
Sonny Bono 21%
Robert Borski, Jr. 79%
Rick Boucher 76%
Barbara Boxer 77%
Bill Bradley 71%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 32%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 58%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 90%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 90%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 90%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 87%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 86%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 48%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 76%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 0%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 47%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 50%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 90%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers R 0%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 21%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields D 79%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 90%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 81%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 75%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 61%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 70%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 72%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 21%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 61%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 90%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 0%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 76%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 28%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 76%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 85%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 90%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 90%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 86%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 30%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 53%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 76%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 26%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 83%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 87%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 74%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 61%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 79%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 65%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 87%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 59%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 93%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 90%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 93%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 90%
Neil Abercrombie 64%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 0%
Gary Ackerman 71%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 64%
Rob Andrews 47%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 28%
Henry Scott Baesler 55%
Richard Hugh Baker 21%
William Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 55%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 30%
Roscoe Bartlett 30%
Joe Barton 30%
Charlie Bass 38%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 36%
Max Baucus 70%
Anthony Beilenson 93%
Bob Bennett 42%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 70%
Douglas Bereuter 45%
Howard Berman 90%
Tom Bevill 52%
Brian Bilbray 41%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 76%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 48%
Sherwood Boehlert 37%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 35%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 79%
Sonny Bono 21%
Robert Borski, Jr. 79%
Rick Boucher 76%
Barbara Boxer 77%
Bill Bradley 71%
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