Rating Group: People for the American Way

2001-2002 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 0%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 8%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa Republican 12%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 94%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 77%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 59%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 8%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 15%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 6%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 65%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 94%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 12%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 8%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 71%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 94%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 94%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 31%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 92%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 6%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 94%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 12%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 12%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 88%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 94%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 94%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 0%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 6%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 71%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 6%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 85%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 59%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 92%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 59%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 82%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 100%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 85%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 92%
WA U.S. House - 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 88%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 94%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 88%
WV U.S. Senate - Jr Shelley Capito Republican 12%
Neil Abercrombie 88%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 8%
Thomas Allen 94%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 0%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 8%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 0%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 0%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 85%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 94%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 94%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 100%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 88%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 94%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 88%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 88%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 88%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 88%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 100%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa R 12%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 100%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 100%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 0%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 88%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 94%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 77%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 59%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 8%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 15%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 6%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 92%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 65%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 100%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 94%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 12%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 8%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 0%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 71%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 94%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 50%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 94%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 88%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 31%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 92%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 6%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 94%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 12%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 12%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 88%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 85%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 94%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 88%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 88%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 6%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 88%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 77%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 92%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 82%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 88%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 94%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 94%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 0%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 6%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 71%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 15%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 6%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 85%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 100%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 88%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 0%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 59%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 92%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 59%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 82%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 0%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 0%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 100%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 85%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 85%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell D 92%
WA U.S. House - 2 Rick Larsen D 88%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 82%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 94%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 88%
WV U.S. Senate - Jr Shelley Capito R 12%
Neil Abercrombie 88%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 85%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 0%
George Allen 8%
Thomas Allen 94%
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