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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 93%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 92%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 86%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 15%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 8%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 86%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 36%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 64%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 86%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 77%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 23%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 8%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 54%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 93%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 93%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 15%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 23%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 58%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 64%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 29%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 36%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 21%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 93%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 46%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 93%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 36%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 92%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 21%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 15%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 14%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 29%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 71%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 64%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 38%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 86%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 93%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 23%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 14%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 14%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 46%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 36%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 62%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 86%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 58%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 36%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 14%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 43%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 21%
Neil Abercrombie 36%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 86%
Gary Ackerman 27%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Wayne Allard 92%
Rob Andrews 43%
Bill Archer 93%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 86%
Henry Scott Baesler 57%
Richard Hugh Baker 93%
Cass Ballenger 93%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Bill Barrett 71%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
Joe Barton 100%
Charlie Bass 71%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 93%
Max Baucus 31%
Bob Bennett 79%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 43%
Douglas Bereuter 79%
Howard Berman 31%
Joe Biden, Jr. 14%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
John Boehner 86%
Kit Bond 71%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 93%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 92%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 29%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 21%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 14%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 14%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 14%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 86%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 15%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 8%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 86%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 36%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 64%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 86%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 77%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 71%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 79%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 23%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 8%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 54%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 93%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 93%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 100%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 15%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 23%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 58%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 64%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 29%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 36%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 21%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 93%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 46%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 100%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 93%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 36%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 31%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 92%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 21%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 15%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 25%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 7%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 43%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 14%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 29%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 71%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 64%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 38%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 86%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 93%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 23%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 14%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 14%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 46%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 36%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 93%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 62%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 86%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 33%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 58%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 36%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 50%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 14%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 0%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 43%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 21%
Neil Abercrombie 36%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 86%
Gary Ackerman 27%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 7%
Wayne Allard 92%
Rob Andrews 43%
Bill Archer 93%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 86%
Henry Scott Baesler 57%
Richard Hugh Baker 93%
Cass Ballenger 93%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Bill Barrett 71%
Roscoe Bartlett 86%
Joe Barton 100%
Charlie Bass 71%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 93%
Max Baucus 31%
Bob Bennett 79%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 43%
Douglas Bereuter 79%
Howard Berman 31%
Joe Biden, Jr. 14%
Brian Bilbray 64%
Michael Bilirakis 86%
Jeff Bingaman 8%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 82%
Sherwood Boehlert 100%
John Boehner 86%
Kit Bond 71%
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