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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 90%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 84%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 97%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 97%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 7%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 100%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 0%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 95%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 100%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 3%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 7%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 3%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 0%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 97%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 0%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 10%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 100%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 80%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 3%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 100%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 93%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 0%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 90%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 10%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 3%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 100%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 3%
Neil Abercrombie 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 95%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 97%
Rob Andrews 3%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 13%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
William Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 97%
James Barcia 7%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 89%
Charlie Bass 93%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 93%
Max Baucus 19%
Anthony Beilenson 3%
Bob Bennett 94%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 3%
Douglas Bereuter 87%
Howard Berman 0%
Tom Bevill 7%
Brian Bilbray 90%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Peter Blute 57%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
John Boehner 100%
Kit Bond 90%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 0%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 90%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 84%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 10%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 0%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 4%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 7%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 0%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 100%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 0%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 0%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 97%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 0%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 0%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 97%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 7%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 100%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 100%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 0%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 0%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers R 100%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 95%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 100%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields D 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 0%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 3%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 7%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 3%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 0%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 97%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 100%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 0%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 10%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 100%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 0%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 80%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 3%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 0%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 0%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 0%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 0%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 0%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 100%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 93%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 0%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 90%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 100%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 0%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 0%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 0%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 10%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 3%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 100%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 0%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 0%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 0%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 0%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 0%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 0%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 3%
Neil Abercrombie 0%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 95%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 97%
Rob Andrews 3%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 100%
Spencer Bachus 100%
Henry Scott Baesler 13%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
William Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 97%
James Barcia 7%
Bob Barr, Jr. 100%
Bill Barrett 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 100%
Joe Barton 89%
Charlie Bass 93%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 93%
Max Baucus 19%
Anthony Beilenson 3%
Bob Bennett 94%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 3%
Douglas Bereuter 87%
Howard Berman 0%
Tom Bevill 7%
Brian Bilbray 90%
Michael Bilirakis 100%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Peter Blute 57%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
John Boehner 100%
Kit Bond 90%
Henry Bonilla 100%
David Edward Bonior 0%
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