Rating Group: Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

1996 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 5%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 5%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 60%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 15%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 80%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 95%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers Republican 0%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 10%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 10%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 70%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 95%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 75%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 75%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 80%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 10%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 90%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 85%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 5%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 30%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 10%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 15%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 75%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 15%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 78%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 95%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 80%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 90%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 90%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 90%
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 15%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 10%
Rob Andrews 65%
Bill Archer 5%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 5%
Spencer Bachus 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 45%
Bob Barr, Jr. 5%
Tom Barrett 85%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Joe Barton 15%
Charlie Bass 0%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 15%
Max Baucus 85%
Anthony Beilenson 90%
Bob Bennett 5%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 90%
Tom Bevill 35%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 95%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 45%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Sonny Bono 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 80%
State Office Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 5%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 95%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 95%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 85%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 85%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 90%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 0%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 85%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 5%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 85%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 5%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 60%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 15%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 80%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 95%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers R 0%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 10%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 10%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields D 70%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 95%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 75%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 75%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 85%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 80%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 10%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 0%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 90%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra 85%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 5%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 85%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 30%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 90%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 90%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 100%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 95%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 10%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 15%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 75%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 15%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 0%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 95%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 78%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 95%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 55%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 80%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 95%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 90%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 80%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 80%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 90%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 90%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 90%
Neil Abercrombie 90%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 15%
Gary Ackerman 85%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 95%
Wayne Allard 10%
Rob Andrews 65%
Bill Archer 5%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 5%
Spencer Bachus 5%
Henry Scott Baesler 60%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 5%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 45%
Bob Barr, Jr. 5%
Tom Barrett 85%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Joe Barton 15%
Charlie Bass 0%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 15%
Max Baucus 85%
Anthony Beilenson 90%
Bob Bennett 5%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 20%
Howard Berman 90%
Tom Bevill 35%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 5%
Jeff Bingaman 95%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 45%
Sherwood Boehlert 50%
John Boehner 0%
Kit Bond 10%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 95%
Sonny Bono 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 80%
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