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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 10%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 95%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 95%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 20%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 85%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 0%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 90%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 5%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 40%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 85%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 20%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 90%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 35%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 35%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 75%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 65%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 70%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 90%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 95%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 30%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 75%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 30%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 20%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 80%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 11%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 5%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 10%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 90%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 15%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 20%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 75%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 75%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 70%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 89%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 72%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 90%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 15%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 95%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 0%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 5%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 83%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 80%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 90%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 95%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 90%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 80%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 90%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 90%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 85%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 10%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 95%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 85%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 95%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 20%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 85%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 70%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 30%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 0%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 100%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 85%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 90%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 5%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 40%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 85%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 0%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 20%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 10%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 85%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 90%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 65%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 56%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 0%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 35%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 35%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 0%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 75%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 5%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 65%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 95%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 70%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 90%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 90%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 95%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 94%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 30%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 80%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 95%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 75%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 85%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 100%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 30%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 20%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 80%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 11%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 5%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 100%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 10%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 90%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 90%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 15%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 55%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 100%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 20%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 75%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 20%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 5%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 5%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 5%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 80%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 75%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 80%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 70%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 89%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 72%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 75%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 90%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin D 90%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 75%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 15%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 95%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 0%
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
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