Rating Group: Joint Government Affairs Committee

2010 Positions on Pro-Business Policy

State Office Name Party Rating
Jean Berkey 79%
Mark Ericks 67%
Darlene Fairley 70%
Mary Haugen 77%
Al O'Brien 69%
Paull Shin 86%
Val Stevens 89%
WA State Senate-32 Maralyn Chase D 80%
WA State House-44 Position 1 Hans Dunshee D 73%
WA State Senate-44 Steve Hobbs D 92%
WA State House-32 Position 2 Ruth Kagi D 73%
WA State Senate-21 Marko Liias D 75%
WA State Senate-1 Rosemary McAuliffe D 67%
WA State Senate-38 John McCoy D 75%
WA State House-21 Position 1 Mary Helen Roberts D 78%
WA State House-38 Position 2 Mike Sells D 80%
WA State Senate-10 Barbara Bailey R 80%
WA State House-44 Position 2 Mike Hope R 78%
WA State House-39 Position 1 Dan Kristiansen R 80%
WA State Senate-39 Kirk Pearson R 80%
WA State House-10 Position 1 Norma Smith R 80%

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