Rating Group: Common Cause

2016 Positions

Issues: Elections

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 15%
AK U.S. Senate - Jr Dan Sullivan Republican 0%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 6%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 6 Gary Palmer Republican 0%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell Democratic 61%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 0%
AR U.S. Senate - Jr Tom Cotton Republican 0%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford Republican 0%
AR U.S. House - 2 French Hill Republican 0%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack Republican 0%
AR U.S. House - 4 Bruce Westerman Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate - Sr Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 44%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic 61%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva Democratic 83%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar Republican 6%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert Republican 0%
AZ U.S. House - 7 Ruben Gallego Democratic 78%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 38%
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 11%
CA U.S. House - 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 6%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House - 7 Ami Bera Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House - 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 82%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House - 15 Eric Swalwell Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House - 21 David Valadao Republican 6%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House - 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 72%
CA U.S. House - 31 Pete Aguilar Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House - 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 35 Norma Torres Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House - 36 Raul Ruiz Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 56%
CA U.S. House - 41 Mark Takano Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 11%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 41%
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 78%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa Republican 6%
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 52 Scott Peters Democratic 67%
CA Supervisor - 1 Paul Cook 6%
CA Supervisor - 4 Janice Hahn 56%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 54%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 56%
CO U.S. House - 4 Ken Buck Republican 11%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn Republican 6%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter Democratic 72%
CO Governor Jared Polis Democratic 78%
CO Mayor - At-Large Michael Coffman Republican 6%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy Democratic 54%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 67%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 72%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes Democratic 61%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 46%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 69%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 61%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio Republican 0%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey Republican 11%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster Republican 6%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 0%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 72%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 7%
FL U.S. House - 21 Lois Frankel Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch Democratic 94%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 67%
FL U.S. House - 24 Frederica Wilson Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 0%
FL Governor Ron DeSantis Republican 6%
GA U.S. House - 1 Buddy Carter Republican 0%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. Democratic 67%
GA U.S. House - 8 Austin Scott Republican 0%
GA U.S. House - 10 Jody Hice Republican 0%
GA U.S. House - 11 Barry Loudermilk Republican 0%
GA U.S. House - 12 Rick Allen Republican 0%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott Democratic 50%
HI U.S. Senate - Sr Brian Schatz Democratic 38%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 92%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 15%
AK U.S. Senate - Jr Dan Sullivan R 0%
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 0%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 0%
AL U.S. House - 3 Mike Rogers R 0%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 6%
AL U.S. House - 5 Mo Brooks R 0%
AL U.S. House - 6 Gary Palmer R 0%
AL U.S. House - 7 Terri Sewell D 61%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 0%
AR U.S. Senate - Jr Tom Cotton R 0%
AR U.S. House - 1 Rick Crawford R 0%
AR U.S. House - 2 French Hill R 0%
AR U.S. House - 3 Steve Womack R 0%
AR U.S. House - 4 Bruce Westerman R 0%
AZ U.S. Senate - Sr Kyrsten Sinema D 44%
AZ U.S. House - 2 Ann Kirkpatrick D 61%
AZ U.S. House - 3 Raul Grijalva D 83%
AZ U.S. House - 4 Paul Gosar R 6%
AZ U.S. House - 6 David Schweikert R 0%
AZ U.S. House - 7 Ruben Gallego D 78%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 38%
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa R 11%
CA U.S. House - 2 Jared Huffman D 100%
CA U.S. House - 3 John Garamendi D 61%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 6%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 72%
CA U.S. House - 6 Doris Matsui D 72%
CA U.S. House - 7 Ami Bera D 50%
CA U.S. House - 9 Jerry McNerney D 61%
CA U.S. House - 11 Mark DeSaulnier D 94%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 72%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 82%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 59%
CA U.S. House - 15 Eric Swalwell D 78%
CA U.S. House - 16 Jim Costa D 50%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 89%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 78%
CA U.S. House - 21 David Valadao R 6%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 0%
CA U.S. House - 26 Julia Brownley D 89%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 61%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 61%
CA U.S. House - 29 Tony Cárdenas D 61%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 72%
CA U.S. House - 31 Pete Aguilar D 56%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 67%
CA U.S. House - 33 Ted Lieu D 88%
CA U.S. House - 35 Norma Torres D 56%
CA U.S. House - 36 Raul Ruiz D 50%
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass D 67%
CA U.S. House - 38 Linda Sánchez D 50%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 56%
CA U.S. House - 41 Mark Takano D 89%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 11%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 41%
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal D 78%
CA U.S. House - 50 Darrell Issa R 6%
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas D 83%
CA U.S. House - 52 Scott Peters D 67%
CA Supervisor - 1 Paul Cook 6%
CA Supervisor - 4 Janice Hahn 56%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 54%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 56%
CO U.S. House - 4 Ken Buck R 11%
CO U.S. House - 5 Doug Lamborn R 6%
CO U.S. House - 7 Ed Perlmutter D 72%
CO Governor Jared Polis D 78%
CO Mayor - At-Large Michael Coffman R 6%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal D 100%
CT U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Murphy D 54%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 67%
CT U.S. House - 2 Joe Courtney D 72%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 72%
CT U.S. House - 4 Jim Himes D 61%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 46%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 69%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. D 61%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio R 0%
FL U.S. House - 8 Bill Posey R 11%
FL U.S. House - 11 Daniel Webster R 6%
FL U.S. House - 12 Gus Bilirakis R 0%
FL U.S. House - 14 Kathy Castor D 72%
FL U.S. House - 16 Vern Buchanan R 7%
FL U.S. House - 21 Lois Frankel D 67%
FL U.S. House - 22 Ted Deutch D 94%
FL U.S. House - 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 67%
FL U.S. House - 24 Frederica Wilson D 71%
FL U.S. House - 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 0%
FL Governor Ron DeSantis R 6%
GA U.S. House - 1 Buddy Carter R 0%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 44%
GA U.S. House - 4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 67%
GA U.S. House - 8 Austin Scott R 0%
GA U.S. House - 10 Jody Hice R 0%
GA U.S. House - 11 Barry Loudermilk R 0%
GA U.S. House - 12 Rick Allen R 0%
GA U.S. House - 13 David Scott D 50%
HI U.S. Senate - Sr Brian Schatz D 38%
HI U.S. Senate - Jr Mazie Hirono D 92%
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