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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 69%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 90%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 10%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 8%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 7%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 93%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 8%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 10%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 93%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 21%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 7%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 93%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 23%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 93%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 14%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 8%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 29%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 90%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 93%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 14%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 14%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 21%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 21%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 93%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 57%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 93%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 7%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 93%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 21%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 29%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 64%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 7%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 21%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 29%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 93%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 93%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 36%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 70%
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 0%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 29%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 43%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 21%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 93%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 93%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 21%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 15%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 29%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 7%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 7%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 10%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 86%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 29%
Neil Abercrombie 7%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 80%
Gary Ackerman 21%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 93%
Rob Andrews 33%
Bill Archer 93%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 90%
Spencer Bachus 93%
Henry Scott Baesler 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 93%
Joseph Baldacci 29%
Cass Ballenger 93%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Bill Barrett 93%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
Joe Barton 92%
Charlie Bass 93%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 92%
Max Baucus 20%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 21%
Douglas Bereuter 93%
Howard Berman 25%
Joe Biden, Jr. 10%
Brian Bilbray 93%
Michael Bilirakis 93%
Jeff Bingaman 10%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 93%
Sherwood Boehlert 43%
John Boehner 93%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 69%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 90%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 10%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 8%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 29%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 7%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 7%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 93%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 8%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 10%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 93%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 21%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 7%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 93%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 23%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 100%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 93%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 14%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 8%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 29%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 100%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 90%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 93%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 14%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 14%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 21%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 21%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 93%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 57%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 93%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 7%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 93%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 21%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 50%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 29%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 25%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 64%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 7%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 7%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 7%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 7%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 7%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 21%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 29%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 93%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 93%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 36%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 70%
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 0%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 0%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 29%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 43%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 21%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 93%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 21%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 93%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 21%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 15%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 29%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 7%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 0%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 7%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 10%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 86%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 29%
Neil Abercrombie 7%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 80%
Gary Ackerman 21%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Wayne Allard 93%
Rob Andrews 33%
Bill Archer 93%
Richard Armey 93%
John Ashcroft 90%
Spencer Bachus 93%
Henry Scott Baesler 50%
Richard Hugh Baker 93%
Joseph Baldacci 29%
Cass Ballenger 93%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 93%
Bill Barrett 93%
Roscoe Bartlett 93%
Joe Barton 92%
Charlie Bass 93%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 92%
Max Baucus 20%
Bob Bennett 100%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 21%
Douglas Bereuter 93%
Howard Berman 25%
Joe Biden, Jr. 10%
Brian Bilbray 93%
Michael Bilirakis 93%
Jeff Bingaman 10%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 93%
Sherwood Boehlert 43%
John Boehner 93%
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