Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

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State Office Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 33%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 25%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 42%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 21%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 38%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 50%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 50%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 17%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 21%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 17%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 38%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 38%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 42%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 29%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 50%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 18%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 33%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 42%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 21%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 25%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 58%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 25%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 17%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 76%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 33%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 29%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 29%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 38%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 46%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 33%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 59%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 42%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 46%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 38%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 42%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 38%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 71%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 25%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 41%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 24%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 33%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 65%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 46%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 63%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 63%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 17%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 38%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 42%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 21%
TX U.S. House - 17 Pete Sessions Republican 54%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 29%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 75%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 21%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 71%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 50%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 35%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 29%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 54%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 46%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 50%
Neil Abercrombie 38%
Gary Ackerman 25%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 53%
Wayne Allard 18%
Thomas Allen 29%
Rob Andrews 54%
Richard Armey 38%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Spencer Bachus 17%
Brian Baird 29%
Richard Hugh Baker 25%
Cass Ballenger 29%
James Barcia 25%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
Tom Barrett 54%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
State Office Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 18%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 33%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 25%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 59%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 29%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 38%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 50%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 42%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 29%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 38%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 29%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 33%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 21%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 38%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 50%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 50%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 17%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 21%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 8%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 29%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 18%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 17%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 71%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 38%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 38%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 42%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 29%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 50%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 18%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 13%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 33%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 42%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 50%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 25%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 21%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 53%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 25%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 58%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 29%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 25%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 17%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 76%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 33%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 29%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 29%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 38%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 50%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 46%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 33%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 59%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 25%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 42%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 46%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 38%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 42%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 38%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 71%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcy Kaptur D 25%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 41%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 24%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 33%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 65%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 46%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 63%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 63%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 17%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 71%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 50%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 33%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 38%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 42%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 21%
TX U.S. House - 17 Pete Sessions R 54%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 29%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 50%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 75%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 21%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 71%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 50%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 35%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 29%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 54%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin D 46%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 50%
Neil Abercrombie 38%
Gary Ackerman 25%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 53%
Wayne Allard 18%
Thomas Allen 29%
Rob Andrews 54%
Richard Armey 38%
Joe Baca, Sr. 8%
Spencer Bachus 17%
Brian Baird 29%
Richard Hugh Baker 25%
Cass Ballenger 29%
James Barcia 25%
Bob Barr, Jr. 50%
Tom Barrett 54%
Roscoe Bartlett 50%
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