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2008 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 65%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House - 8 Albio Sires Democratic 90%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 95%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 90%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 45%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 90%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 95%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 95%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 15%
OH U.S. House - 4 Jim Jordan Republican 0%
OH U.S. House - 5 Bob Latta Republican 15%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 100%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner Republican 55%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 90%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 5%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 15%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole Republican 10%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 30%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 95%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 90%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 90%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 95%
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 90%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 15%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 10%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 95%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 10%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 25%
TN U.S. Senate - Jr Marsha Blackburn Republican 10%
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 60%
TN U.S. House - 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn Republican 20%
TX U.S. House - 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 10%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 10%
TX U.S. House - 9 Al Green Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 10 Michael McCaul Republican 25%
TX U.S. House - 11 Mike Conaway Republican 5%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 5%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 5%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 24 Kenny Marchant Republican 0%
TX U.S. House - 26 Michael Burgess Republican 10%
TX U.S. House - 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 80%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House - 31 John Carter Republican 5%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 90%
UT U.S. House - 1 Rob Bishop Republican 0%
VA U.S. House - 1 Rob Wittman Republican 35%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
VT U.S. House - At-Large Peter Welch Democratic 90%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 95%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 100%
WA U.S. House - 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 90%
WA U.S. House - 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 20%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 85%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 90%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 80%
WI U.S. House - 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 95%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 10%
WV U.S. Senate - Jr Shelley Capito Republican 60%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 5%
WY U.S. Senate - Jr John Barrasso Republican 5%
Neil Abercrombie 95%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Jason Altmire 80%
Rob Andrews 85%
Michael Arcuri 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 90%
Michele Bachmann 0%
Spencer Bachus 20%
Brian Baird 80%
J. Gresham Barrett 5%
John Barrow 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Joe Barton 10%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 70%
Melissa Bean 65%
Bob Bennett 15%
Shelley Berkley 85%
Howard Berman 85%
State Office Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 65%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House - 8 Albio Sires D 90%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 95%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 90%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 100%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 70%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 45%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 90%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 100%
NY U.S. House - 9 Yvette Clarke D 100%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 95%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 95%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 100%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 95%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 100%
NY U.S. House - 26 Brian Higgins D 80%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 95%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 15%
OH U.S. House - 4 Jim Jordan R 0%
OH U.S. House - 5 Bob Latta R 15%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 100%
OH U.S. House - 10 Mike Turner R 55%
OH U.S. House - 13 Tim Ryan D 90%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 5%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 15%
OK U.S. House - 4 Tom Cole R 10%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 95%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 30%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 95%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 90%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 90%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 95%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 95%
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 90%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 100%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 15%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 10%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 95%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 10%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Lamar Alexander R 25%
TN U.S. Senate - Jr Marsha Blackburn R 10%
TN U.S. House - 5 Jim Cooper D 60%
TN U.S. House - 9 Steve Cohen D 100%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn R 20%
TX U.S. House - 1 Louie Gohmert R 10%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 10%
TX U.S. House - 9 Al Green D 100%
TX U.S. House - 10 Michael McCaul R 25%
TX U.S. House - 11 Mike Conaway R 5%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 5%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 5%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 100%
TX U.S. House - 24 Kenny Marchant R 0%
TX U.S. House - 26 Michael Burgess R 10%
TX U.S. House - 28 Henry Cuellar D 80%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 100%
TX U.S. House - 31 John Carter R 5%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 90%
UT U.S. House - 1 Rob Bishop R 0%
VA U.S. House - 1 Rob Wittman R 35%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
VT U.S. House - At-Large Peter Welch D 90%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 95%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell D 100%
WA U.S. House - 2 Rick Larsen D 90%
WA U.S. House - 5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 20%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 85%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 90%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin D 100%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 80%
WI U.S. House - 4 Gwen Moore D 95%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 10%
WV U.S. Senate - Jr Shelley Capito R 60%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 5%
WY U.S. Senate - Jr John Barrasso R 5%
Neil Abercrombie 95%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 100%
Todd Akin 10%
Rodney Alexander 25%
Jason Altmire 80%
Rob Andrews 85%
Michael Arcuri 90%
Joe Baca, Sr. 90%
Michele Bachmann 0%
Spencer Bachus 20%
Brian Baird 80%
J. Gresham Barrett 5%
John Barrow 75%
Roscoe Bartlett 15%
Joe Barton 10%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 70%
Melissa Bean 65%
Bob Bennett 15%
Shelley Berkley 85%
Howard Berman 85%
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