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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 17%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 89%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 89%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 95%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 89%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 11%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 42%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 11%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 5%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 84%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 84%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers Republican 11%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 63%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 95%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 84%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 79%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 84%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 37%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 89%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 100%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 89%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 47%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 89%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 95%
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 95%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 84%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 26%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 79%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 28%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 6%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 89%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 53%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 21%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 89%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 84%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 84%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 95%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 94%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 95%
Neil Abercrombie 79%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 6%
Gary Ackerman 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Wayne Allard 11%
Rob Andrews 68%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 11%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 42%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
William Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
Joe Barton 11%
Charlie Bass 37%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 5%
Max Baucus 72%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 06%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 68%
Douglas Bereuter 42%
Howard Berman 95%
Tom Bevill 32%
Brian Bilbray 32%
Michael Bilirakis 32%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Peter Blute 53%
Sherwood Boehlert 74%
John Boehner 5%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 89%
Sonny Bono 5%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 17%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 89%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 84%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 89%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 84%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 100%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 89%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 89%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 16%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 95%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 89%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 11%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 42%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 11%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 5%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 84%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 84%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers R 11%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 0%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields D 63%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 95%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 84%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 79%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 84%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 37%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 89%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 100%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 11%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 89%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 47%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 89%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 95%
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 95%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 84%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 26%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 21%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 79%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 28%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 6%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 89%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 84%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 53%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 95%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 21%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 89%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 89%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 84%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 84%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 95%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 94%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 95%
Neil Abercrombie 79%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 6%
Gary Ackerman 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 94%
Wayne Allard 11%
Rob Andrews 68%
Bill Archer 11%
Richard Armey 11%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 42%
Richard Hugh Baker 5%
William Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 11%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
Joe Barton 11%
Charlie Bass 37%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 5%
Max Baucus 72%
Anthony Beilenson 100%
Bob Bennett 06%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 68%
Douglas Bereuter 42%
Howard Berman 95%
Tom Bevill 32%
Brian Bilbray 32%
Michael Bilirakis 32%
Jeff Bingaman 78%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 5%
Peter Blute 53%
Sherwood Boehlert 74%
John Boehner 5%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 5%
David Edward Bonior 89%
Sonny Bono 5%
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