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2011-2012 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House - 5 Katherine Clark Democratic 70%
MA State House - Third Barnstable David Vieira Republican 32%
MA State House - Fourth Barnstable Sarah Peake Democratic 74%
MA State House - Second Berkshire Paul Mark Democratic 68%
MA State House - Third Berkshire Tricia Farley-Bouvier Democratic 100%
MA State House - Fourth Berkshire Smitty Pignatelli Democratic 76%
MA State House - First Bristol Jay Barrows Republican 32%
MA State House - Fourth Bristol Steven Howitt Republican 33%
MA State House - Fifth Bristol Patricia Haddad Democratic 68%
MA State House - Eighth Bristol Paul Schmid III Democratic 68%
MA State House - Ninth Bristol Christopher Markey Democratic 53%
MA State House - Tenth Bristol William Straus Democratic 67%
MA State House - Thirteenth Bristol Antonio Cabral Democratic 68%
MA State House - Fourth Essex Bradford Hill Republican 32%
MA State House - Fifth Essex Ann-Margaret Ferrante Democratic 68%
MA State House - Sixth Essex Jerald Parisella Democratic 64%
MA State House - Eighth Essex Lori Ehrlich Democratic 63%
MA State House - Ninth Essex Donald Wong Republican 32%
MA State House - Fifteenth Essex Linda Campbell Democratic 53%
MA State House - Sixteenth Essex Marcos Devers Democratic 95%
MA State House - First Hampden Todd Smola Republican 37%
MA State House - Second Hampden Brian Ashe Democratic 58%
MA State House - Third Hampden Nicholas Boldyga Republican 32%
MA State House - Sixth Hampden Mike Finn Democratic 68%
MA State House - Eighth Hampden Joseph Wagner Democratic 61%
MA State House - Twelfth Hampden Angelo Puppolo, Jr. Democratic 53%
MA State House - First Middlesex Sheila Harrington Republican 28%
MA State House - Second Middlesex Jim Arciero Democratic 47%
MA State House - Third Middlesex Kate Hogan Democratic 68%
MA State House - Fifth Middlesex David Linsky Democratic 67%
MA State House - Eighth Middlesex Carolyn Dykema Democratic 79%
MA State House - Ninth Middlesex Thomas Stanley Democratic 63%
MA State House - Tenth Middlesex John Lawn, Jr. Democratic 63%
MA State House - Eleventh Middlesex Kay Khan Democratic 84%
MA State House - Twelfth Middlesex Ruth Balser Democratic 100%
MA State House - Sixteenth Middlesex Tom Golden, Jr. Democratic 53%
MA State House - Twentieth Middlesex Brad Jones, Jr. Republican 32%
MA State House - Twenty-Second Middlesex Marc Lombardo Republican 31%
MA State House - Twenty-Third Middlesex Sean Garballey Democratic 83%
MA State House - Thirty-Fifth Middlesex Paul Donato, Sr. Democratic 67%
MA State House - Thirty-Sixth Middlesex Colleen Garry Democratic 37%
MA State House - Thirty-Seventh Middlesex Jen Benson Democratic 74%
MA State House - First Norfolk Bruce Ayers Democratic 53%
MA State House - Second Norfolk Tackey Chan Democratic 68%
MA State House - Third Norfolk Ronald Mariano Democratic 72%
MA State House - Fourth Norfolk James Murphy Democratic 68%
MA State House - Fifth Norfolk Mark Cusack Democratic 63%
MA State House - Sixth Norfolk Bill Galvin Democratic 68%
MA State House - Eleventh Norfolk Paul McMurtry Democratic 68%
MA State House - Twelfth Norfolk John Rogers Democratic 68%
MA State House - Thirteenth Norfolk Denise Garlick Democratic 72%
MA State House - Fourteenth Norfolk Alice Peisch Democratic 72%
MA State House - Second Plymouth Susan Gifford Republican 32%
MA State House - Eighth Plymouth Angelo D'Emilia Republican 32%
MA State House - Third Suffolk Aaron Michlewitz Democratic 68%
MA State House - Sixth Suffolk Russell Holmes Democratic 89%
MA State House - Tenth Suffolk Ed Coppinger Democratic 63%
MA State House - Eleventh Suffolk Elizabeth Malia Democratic 89%
MA State House - Seventeenth Suffolk Kevin Honan Democratic 68%
MA State House - Eighteenth Suffolk Michael Moran Democratic 68%
MA State House - First Worcester Kimberly Ferguson Republican 37%
MA State House - Sixth Worcester Peter Durant Republican 38%
MA State House - Seventh Worcester Paul Frost Republican 26%
MA State House - Thirteenth Worcester John Mahoney, Jr. Democratic 68%
MA State House - Fourteenth Worcester James O'Day Democratic 74%
MA State Senate - First Bristol and Plymouth Michael Rodrigues Democratic 59%
MA State Senate - Second Bristol and Plymouth Mark Montigny Democratic 73%
MA State Senate - First Essex and Middlesex Bruce Tarr Republican 35%
MA State Senate - Second Essex and Middlesex Barry Finegold Democratic 44%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex Pat Jehlen Democratic 94%
MA State Senate - Fifth Middlesex Jason Lewis Democratic 74%
MA State Senate - First Middlesex and Norfolk Cindy Creem Democratic 89%
MA State Senate - Middlesex and Suffolk Sal DiDomenico Democratic 76%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex and Norfolk Karen Spilka Democratic 70%
MA State Senate - Middlesex and Worcester Jamie Eldridge Democratic 97%
MA State Senate - Norfolk and Plymouth John Keenan Democratic 70%
MA State Senate - Norfolk and Suffolk Mike Rush Democratic 61%
MA State Senate - Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Walter Timilty Democratic 58%
MA State Senate - First Plymouth and Bristol Marc Pacheco Democratic 74%
MA State Senate - Second Plymouth and Bristol Michael Brady Democratic 63%
MA State Senate - First Suffolk Nick Collins Democratic 53%
MA State Senate - Second Suffolk Sonia Chang-Diaz Democratic 97%
MA State Senate - Second Suffolk and Middlesex Will Brownsberger Democratic 91%
MA State Senate - First Worcester Harriette Chandler Democratic 59%
MA State Senate - Second Worcester Mike Moore Democratic 59%
MA State Senate - Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Anne Gobi Democratic 68%
MA State Senate - Worcester and Norfolk Ryan Fattman Republican 26%
MA Mayor - At-Large Marty Walsh Democratic 79%
MA Council Member - At-Large Tim Toomey, Jr. 74%
Paul Adams 32%
Kevin Aguiar 71%
Geraldo Alicea 75%
Denise Andrews 94%
Cory Atkins 67%
Demetrius Atsalis 63%
Carlo Basile 67%
Richard Bastien 26%
Matthew Beaton 37%
Frederick Berry 61%
John Binienda, Sr. 63%
State Office Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House - 5 Katherine Clark D 70%
MA State House - Third Barnstable David Vieira R 32%
MA State House - Fourth Barnstable Sarah Peake D 74%
MA State House - Second Berkshire Paul Mark D 68%
MA State House - Third Berkshire Tricia Farley-Bouvier D 100%
MA State House - Fourth Berkshire Smitty Pignatelli D 76%
MA State House - First Bristol Jay Barrows R 32%
MA State House - Fourth Bristol Steven Howitt R 33%
MA State House - Fifth Bristol Patricia Haddad D 68%
MA State House - Eighth Bristol Paul Schmid III D 68%
MA State House - Ninth Bristol Christopher Markey D 53%
MA State House - Tenth Bristol William Straus D 67%
MA State House - Thirteenth Bristol Antonio Cabral D 68%
MA State House - Fourth Essex Bradford Hill R 32%
MA State House - Fifth Essex Ann-Margaret Ferrante D 68%
MA State House - Sixth Essex Jerald Parisella D 64%
MA State House - Eighth Essex Lori Ehrlich D 63%
MA State House - Ninth Essex Donald Wong R 32%
MA State House - Fifteenth Essex Linda Campbell D 53%
MA State House - Sixteenth Essex Marcos Devers D 95%
MA State House - First Hampden Todd Smola R 37%
MA State House - Second Hampden Brian Ashe D 58%
MA State House - Third Hampden Nicholas Boldyga R 32%
MA State House - Sixth Hampden Mike Finn D 68%
MA State House - Eighth Hampden Joseph Wagner D 61%
MA State House - Twelfth Hampden Angelo Puppolo, Jr. D 53%
MA State House - First Middlesex Sheila Harrington R 28%
MA State House - Second Middlesex Jim Arciero D 47%
MA State House - Third Middlesex Kate Hogan D 68%
MA State House - Fifth Middlesex David Linsky D 67%
MA State House - Eighth Middlesex Carolyn Dykema D 79%
MA State House - Ninth Middlesex Thomas Stanley D 63%
MA State House - Tenth Middlesex John Lawn, Jr. D 63%
MA State House - Eleventh Middlesex Kay Khan D 84%
MA State House - Twelfth Middlesex Ruth Balser D 100%
MA State House - Sixteenth Middlesex Tom Golden, Jr. D 53%
MA State House - Twentieth Middlesex Brad Jones, Jr. R 32%
MA State House - Twenty-Second Middlesex Marc Lombardo R 31%
MA State House - Twenty-Third Middlesex Sean Garballey D 83%
MA State House - Thirty-Fifth Middlesex Paul Donato, Sr. D 67%
MA State House - Thirty-Sixth Middlesex Colleen Garry D 37%
MA State House - Thirty-Seventh Middlesex Jen Benson D 74%
MA State House - First Norfolk Bruce Ayers D 53%
MA State House - Second Norfolk Tackey Chan D 68%
MA State House - Third Norfolk Ronald Mariano D 72%
MA State House - Fourth Norfolk James Murphy D 68%
MA State House - Fifth Norfolk Mark Cusack D 63%
MA State House - Sixth Norfolk Bill Galvin D 68%
MA State House - Eleventh Norfolk Paul McMurtry D 68%
MA State House - Twelfth Norfolk John Rogers D 68%
MA State House - Thirteenth Norfolk Denise Garlick D 72%
MA State House - Fourteenth Norfolk Alice Peisch D 72%
MA State House - Second Plymouth Susan Gifford R 32%
MA State House - Eighth Plymouth Angelo D'Emilia R 32%
MA State House - Third Suffolk Aaron Michlewitz D 68%
MA State House - Sixth Suffolk Russell Holmes D 89%
MA State House - Tenth Suffolk Ed Coppinger D 63%
MA State House - Eleventh Suffolk Elizabeth Malia D 89%
MA State House - Seventeenth Suffolk Kevin Honan D 68%
MA State House - Eighteenth Suffolk Michael Moran D 68%
MA State House - First Worcester Kimberly Ferguson R 37%
MA State House - Sixth Worcester Peter Durant R 38%
MA State House - Seventh Worcester Paul Frost R 26%
MA State House - Thirteenth Worcester John Mahoney, Jr. D 68%
MA State House - Fourteenth Worcester James O'Day D 74%
MA State Senate - First Bristol and Plymouth Michael Rodrigues D 59%
MA State Senate - Second Bristol and Plymouth Mark Montigny D 73%
MA State Senate - First Essex and Middlesex Bruce Tarr R 35%
MA State Senate - Second Essex and Middlesex Barry Finegold D 44%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex Pat Jehlen D 94%
MA State Senate - Fifth Middlesex Jason Lewis D 74%
MA State Senate - First Middlesex and Norfolk Cindy Creem D 89%
MA State Senate - Middlesex and Suffolk Sal DiDomenico D 76%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex and Norfolk Karen Spilka D 70%
MA State Senate - Middlesex and Worcester Jamie Eldridge D 97%
MA State Senate - Norfolk and Plymouth John Keenan D 70%
MA State Senate - Norfolk and Suffolk Mike Rush D 61%
MA State Senate - Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Walter Timilty D 58%
MA State Senate - First Plymouth and Bristol Marc Pacheco D 74%
MA State Senate - Second Plymouth and Bristol Michael Brady D 63%
MA State Senate - First Suffolk Nick Collins D 53%
MA State Senate - Second Suffolk Sonia Chang-Diaz D 97%
MA State Senate - Second Suffolk and Middlesex Will Brownsberger D 91%
MA State Senate - First Worcester Harriette Chandler D 59%
MA State Senate - Second Worcester Mike Moore D 59%
MA State Senate - Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Anne Gobi D 68%
MA State Senate - Worcester and Norfolk Ryan Fattman R 26%
MA Mayor - At-Large Marty Walsh D 79%
MA Council Member - At-Large Tim Toomey, Jr. 74%
Paul Adams 32%
Kevin Aguiar 71%
Geraldo Alicea 75%
Denise Andrews 94%
Cory Atkins 67%
Demetrius Atsalis 63%
Carlo Basile 67%
Richard Bastien 26%
Matthew Beaton 37%
Frederick Berry 61%
John Binienda, Sr. 63%
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