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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 15%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 5%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 11%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 11%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 74%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 84%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 21%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 21%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 23%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 95%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 11%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 68%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 15%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 16%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 8%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 16%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 89%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 74%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 89%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 53%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 21%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 5%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 68%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 16%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 74%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 95%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 89%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 84%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 21%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 84%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 89%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 37%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 37%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 74%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 23%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 16%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 42%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 16%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 84%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 26%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 5%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 16%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 11%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 68%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 68%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 89%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 68%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 77%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 92%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 89%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 42%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 100%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 15%
Neil Abercrombie 79%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 77%
Wayne Allard 15%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 89%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 16%
John Ashcroft 15%
Spencer Bachus 21%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 5%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 15%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 5%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 11%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 92%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 95%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 100%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 95%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 95%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 11%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 89%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 74%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 100%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 84%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 21%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 21%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 23%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 11%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 92%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 84%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 95%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 11%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 68%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 15%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 16%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 8%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 16%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 89%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 95%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 100%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 84%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 74%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 54%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 89%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 53%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 21%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 11%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 5%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 68%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 16%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 74%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 95%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 89%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 84%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 89%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 21%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 82%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 84%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 89%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 84%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 89%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 100%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 89%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 37%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 37%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 74%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 23%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 15%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 16%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 85%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 95%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 95%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 42%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 92%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 16%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 84%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 26%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 5%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 16%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 11%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 68%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 68%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 89%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 68%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 77%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 92%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 89%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 95%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 42%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 100%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 15%
Neil Abercrombie 79%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 95%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 77%
Wayne Allard 15%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 89%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 16%
John Ashcroft 15%
Spencer Bachus 21%
Richard Hugh Baker 11%
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