Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2003 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 5%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 10%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 15%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 20%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes Republican 15%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 60%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa Republican 20%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 60%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 55%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 55%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 55%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 45%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 30%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 30%
HI U.S. House - 1 Edward Case Democratic 65%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 10%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 55%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 55%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 60%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 45%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 20%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 60%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 55%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 60%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 60%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 55%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 40%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 60%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 10%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 50%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 35%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 55%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 50%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 55%
NH State Senate - 3 Jeb Bradley Republican 30%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 55%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 45%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 60%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 60%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 60%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 20%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 60%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 55%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 15%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 50%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 15%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole Republican 25%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 60%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 60%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 40%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Marsha Blackburn Republican 50%
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 50%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 50%
Neil Abercrombie 40%
Gary Ackerman 55%
Todd Akin 55%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 65%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35%
Spencer Bachus 35%
Richard Hugh Baker 40%
J. Gresham Barrett 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 55%
Joe Barton 35%
Charlie Bass 50%
Bob Beauprez 60%
Shelley Berkley 45%
Howard Berman 50%
Marion Berry 45%
Judy Biggert 25%
Michael Bilirakis 45%
Tim Bishop 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 30%
John Boehner 25%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 5%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 10%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 15%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 20%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 60%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 45%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 55%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 55%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 60%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 55%
CA U.S. House - 22 Devin Nunes R 15%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 60%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 55%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 50%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 60%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 55%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 15%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 50%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa R 20%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 60%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 55%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 55%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 55%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 45%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 30%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 30%
HI U.S. House - 1 Edward Case D 65%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 10%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 55%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 55%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 60%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 45%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 20%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 60%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 60%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 60%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 55%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 60%
MD U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 60%
MD U.S. House - 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 50%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 55%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 40%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 60%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 10%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 50%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 20%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 35%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 55%
NC U.S. House - 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 50%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 55%
NH State Senate - 3 Jeb Bradley R 30%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 55%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 45%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 60%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 55%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 50%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 60%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 50%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 60%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 60%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 20%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 60%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 55%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 15%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan D 50%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 15%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole R 25%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 50%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 60%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 50%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 60%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 40%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 50%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Marsha Blackburn R 50%
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper D 60%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 50%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 20%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 50%
Neil Abercrombie 40%
Gary Ackerman 55%
Todd Akin 55%
Rodney Alexander 20%
Thomas Allen 50%
Rob Andrews 65%
Joe Baca, Sr. 35%
Spencer Bachus 35%
Richard Hugh Baker 40%
J. Gresham Barrett 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 55%
Joe Barton 35%
Charlie Bass 50%
Bob Beauprez 60%
Shelley Berkley 45%
Howard Berman 50%
Marion Berry 45%
Judy Biggert 25%
Michael Bilirakis 45%
Tim Bishop 60%
Sherwood Boehlert 30%
John Boehner 25%
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