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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 97%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 31%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 30%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 25%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 21%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 20%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 78%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 25%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 31%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 93%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 95%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 44%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 31%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 28%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 98%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 100%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 87%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 19%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 22%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 43%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 68%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 78%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 98%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 38%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 90%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 31%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 55%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 33%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 78%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 13%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 23%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 28%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 28%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 78%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 78%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 48%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 68%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 89%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 62%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 75%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 38%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 45%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 28%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 84%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 41%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 98%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 37%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 43%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 30%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 43%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 42%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 33%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 33%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 68%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 30%
Neil Abercrombie 33%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 89%
Gary Ackerman 38%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 32%
Wayne Allard 88%
Rob Andrews 36%
Bill Archer 77%
Richard Armey 80%
John Ashcroft 84%
Spencer Bachus 90%
Henry Scott Baesler 74%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
Joseph Baldacci 45%
Cass Ballenger 95%
James Barcia 75%
Bob Barr, Jr. 85%
Bill Barrett 98%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
Joe Barton 82%
Charlie Bass 68%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 95%
Max Baucus 63%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 55%
Douglas Bereuter 73%
Howard Berman 29%
Joe Biden, Jr. 47%
Brian Bilbray 70%
Michael Bilirakis 85%
Jeff Bingaman 26%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 95%
Sherwood Boehlert 53%
John Boehner 93%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 97%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 47%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 25%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 31%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 30%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 25%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 100%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 21%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 20%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 78%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 25%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 31%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 93%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 64%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 100%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 95%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 44%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 31%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 28%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 98%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 100%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 87%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 19%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 22%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 25%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 43%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 68%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 78%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 98%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 38%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 90%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 31%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 55%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 33%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 33%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 78%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 13%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 15%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 21%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 31%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 23%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 28%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 28%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 78%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 78%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 48%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 68%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 89%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 100%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 62%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 75%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 38%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 45%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 28%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 84%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 41%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 98%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 37%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 43%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 30%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 43%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 42%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 33%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 33%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 68%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 30%
Neil Abercrombie 33%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 89%
Gary Ackerman 38%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 32%
Wayne Allard 88%
Rob Andrews 36%
Bill Archer 77%
Richard Armey 80%
John Ashcroft 84%
Spencer Bachus 90%
Henry Scott Baesler 74%
Richard Hugh Baker 95%
Joseph Baldacci 45%
Cass Ballenger 95%
James Barcia 75%
Bob Barr, Jr. 85%
Bill Barrett 98%
Roscoe Bartlett 88%
Joe Barton 82%
Charlie Bass 68%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 95%
Max Baucus 63%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 55%
Douglas Bereuter 73%
Howard Berman 29%
Joe Biden, Jr. 47%
Brian Bilbray 70%
Michael Bilirakis 85%
Jeff Bingaman 26%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 95%
Sherwood Boehlert 53%
John Boehner 93%
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