Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1997 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 6%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 31%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 36%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 53%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 8%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 47%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 64%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 33%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 58%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 25%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 8%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 41%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 25%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 56%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 53%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 50%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 25%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 28%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 6%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 78%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 69%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 50%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 19%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 58%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 61%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 69%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 28%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 11%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 25%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 44%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 53%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 25%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 47%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 53%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 42%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 58%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 69%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 72%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 64%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 75%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 58%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 81%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 36%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 38%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 34%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 14%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 69%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 75%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 56%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 59%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 19%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 33%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 31%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 22%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 19%
TX U.S. House - 17 Pete Sessions Republican 25%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 72%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 36%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 56%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 72%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 41%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 53%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 83%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 86%
Neil Abercrombie 44%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 31%
Wayne Allard 38%
Thomas Allen 61%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 33%
Richard Armey 36%
John Ashcroft 44%
Spencer Bachus 31%
Henry Scott Baesler 19%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
Cass Ballenger 28%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 42%
Bill Barrett 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 28%
Joe Barton 25%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 6%
Max Baucus 31%
Bob Bennett 22%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 6%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 31%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 17%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 36%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 50%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 56%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 72%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 53%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 44%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 53%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 8%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 47%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 64%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 33%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 58%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 25%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 8%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 41%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 25%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 56%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 53%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 50%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 25%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 28%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 6%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 78%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 69%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 67%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 50%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 19%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 47%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 58%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 61%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 69%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 28%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 11%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 25%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 44%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 53%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 25%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 47%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 53%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 42%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 67%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 58%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 69%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 67%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 72%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 64%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 75%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 58%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 81%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 36%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 38%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 34%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 14%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 69%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 67%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 75%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 56%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 59%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 19%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 33%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 31%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 22%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 19%
TX U.S. House - 17 Pete Sessions R 25%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 33%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 17%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 72%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 36%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 56%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 72%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 41%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 53%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 83%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 86%
Neil Abercrombie 44%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 38%
Gary Ackerman 33%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 31%
Wayne Allard 38%
Thomas Allen 61%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 33%
Richard Armey 36%
John Ashcroft 44%
Spencer Bachus 31%
Henry Scott Baesler 19%
Richard Hugh Baker 8%
Cass Ballenger 28%
James Barcia 42%
Bob Barr, Jr. 42%
Bill Barrett 19%
Roscoe Bartlett 28%
Joe Barton 25%
Charlie Bass 58%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 6%
Max Baucus 31%
Bob Bennett 22%
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