Rating Group: The American Legion

2003 Positions

Issues: Veterans
State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 40%
Gary Ackerman 40%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 60%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Todd Akin 60%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 100%
Rodney Alexander 80%
Wayne Allard 100%
George Allen 100%
Thomas Allen 60%
Rob Andrews 40%
Joe Baca, Sr. 60%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 60%
Brian Baird 80%
Richard Hugh Baker 40%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 40%
Frank Ballance, Jr. 20%
Cass Ballenger 60%
J. Gresham Barrett 60%
Roscoe Bartlett 80%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 40%
Charlie Bass 40%
Max Baucus 100%
Evan Bayh 100%
Bob Beauprez 60%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 40%
Chris Bell 60%
Bob Bennett 100%
Douglas Bereuter 40%
Shelley Berkley 60%
Howard Berman 40%
Marion Berry 60%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 50%
Judy Biggert 40%
Michael Bilirakis 80%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 40%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 60%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 60%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 80%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 40%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 40%
Sherwood Boehlert 40%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 40%
Kit Bond 100%
Henry Bonilla 40%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 40%
Mary Bono Mack 60%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 60%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 40%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 60%
NH State Senate-3 Jeb Bradley R 60%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 40%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 40%
John Breaux 100%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 60%
Henry Brown, Jr. 40%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 80%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 100%
Ginny Brown-Waite 80%
Jim Bunning 100%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 60%
Conrad Burns 100%
Max Burns 80%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 60%
Dan Burton 60%
Steve Buyer 40%
Robert Byrd 50%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 40%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 40%
Ben Campbell 100%
Chris Cannon 40%
Eric Cantor 40%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 50%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 60%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 60%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 40%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 40%
Dennis Cardoza 60%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 50%
Brad Carson 60%
Julia Carson 40%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 60%
Edward Case 40%
Mike Castle 40%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 60%
RI Governor Linc Chafee D 100%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 100%
Chris Chocola 60%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 40%
Hillary Clinton 50%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 60%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 60%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 100%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 40%
Norm Coleman 100%
Michael Collins 40%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 100%
Kent Conrad 50%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 60%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 40%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 100%
Jon Corzine 50%
Jerry Costello 80%
Christopher Cox 40%
Larry Craig 100%
Robert Cramer 60%
Philip Crane 40%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 100%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 40%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 60%
Barbara Cubin 60%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 40%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 40%
Randall Cunningham 40%
Thomas Daschle 50%
Artur Davis 40%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 60%
James Davis 60%
Jo Ann Davis 80%
Lincoln Davis 80%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 60%
Thomas Davis III 40%
MN Governor Mark Dayton DFL 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 60%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 60%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 40%
Bill Delahunt 80%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 40%
Thomas DeLay 20%
James DeMint 40%
Peter Deutsch 60%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine R 100%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 60%
Norm Dicks 40%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 20%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 20%
Elizabeth Dole 100%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 100%
Calvin Dooley 60%
John Doolittle 40%
Byron Dorgan 50%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 60%
David Dreier 20%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 60%
Jennifer Dunn 60%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 50%
John Edwards 50%
Chet Edwards 60%
Vern Ehlers 20%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 40%
Jo Ann Emerson 40%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 40%
Philip English 60%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 100%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 40%
Bob Etheridge 60%
Lane Evans 60%
Terry Everett 60%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 40%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 40%
Tom Feeney 60%
Russ Feingold 50%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 0%
Michael Ferguson 60%
Bob Filner 60%
Peter Fitzgerald 100%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 40%
Mark Foley 60%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 80%
Harold Ford, Jr. 60%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 40%
Barney Frank 40%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 80%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 40%
William Frist 100%
Jonas Frost III 60%
Elton Gallegly 40%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 80%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 0%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 80%
Jim Gibbons 40%
Wayne Gilchrest 20%
Paul Gillmor 60%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 40%
Charlie Gonzalez 40%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 60%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 40%
Bart Gordon 60%
Porter Goss 40%
Daniel Graham 50%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 100%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 40%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 100%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 60%
Mark Green 60%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 60%
James Greenwood 20%
Judd Gregg 100%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 60%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 80%
Gilbert Gutknecht 80%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel R 100%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 60%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 0%
Jane Harman 60%
Katherine Harris 40%
Melissa Hart 60%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 40%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 40%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 100%
Robert Hayes 40%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 80%
Joel Hefley 80%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 60%
Wally Herger, Jr. 20%
Baron Hill 60%
Maurice Hinchey 40%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 60%
David Lee Hobson 40%
PA Commissioner-At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 40%
Pete Hoekstra 20%
Thomas Holden 60%
Ernest Hollings 0%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 40%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 60%
Darlene Hooley 60%
John Nathan Hostettler 80%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 40%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 40%
Kenny Hulshof 60%
Duncan Hunter 40%
Kay Hutchison 100%
Henry Hyde 40%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
Daniel Inouye 0%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 60%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 40%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 40%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 40%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 40%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 60%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 40%
William Jefferson 60%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 60%
Christopher John 80%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 40%
Nancy Johnson 60%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 40%
Tim Johnson 60%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 50%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 80%
Paul Kanjorski 60%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 60%
Ric Keller 60%
Sue Kelly 40%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 50%
Mark Kennedy 40%
Patrick Kennedy 40%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 0%
Dale Kildee 60%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 40%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 60%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 60%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 40%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 40%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 40%
Gerald Kleczka 40%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 60%
Joseph Knollenberg 40%
Herb Kohl 50%
James Kolbe 40%
Dennis Kucinich 60%
Jon Kyl 100%
Ray LaHood 40%
Nicholas Lampson 60%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 100%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 80%
Tom Lantos 60%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 60%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 40%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 40%
Steve LaTourette 60%
Frank Lautenberg 50%
James Leach 40%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 50%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 60%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 50%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 40%
Jerry Lewis 40%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 40%
Ron Lewis 80%
Joe Lieberman 0%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 40%
William Lipinski 60%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 80%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 40%
Trent Lott, Sr. 100%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 40%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 40%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas D 60%
Dick Lugar 100%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 60%
Denise Majette 40%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 40%
Don Manzullo 60%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 40%
Jim Marshall 40%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 40%
Robert Matsui 40%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 50%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 60%
Karen McCarthy 40%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 60%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 100%
Thaddeus McCotter 60%
James McCrery III 40%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 40%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 60%
John McHugh 40%
Scott McInnis 80%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 80%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 40%
Michael McNulty 60%
Martin Meehan 40%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 60%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 40%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 60%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 60%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 80%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 50%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 60%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 40%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 20%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 40%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 80%
Brad Miller 40%
Zell Bryan Miller 100%
Alan Mollohan 60%
Dennis Moore 40%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 40%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 80%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 100%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 80%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 50%
Jack Murtha 40%
Marilyn Musgrave 80%
Sue Myrick 60%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 40%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 60%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 60%
Ben Nelson 100%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 50%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 40%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 0%
Robert William Ney 60%
Don Nickles 100%
Anne Northup 40%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 60%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 40%
James Nussle 60%
Jim Oberstar 40%
Dave Obey 60%
John Olver 40%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 60%
Thomas William Osborne 40%
Doug Ose 60%
ID Governor Butch Otter R 40%
Major Owens 40%
Michael Oxley 40%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 60%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 60%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 40%
Ron Paul 60%
Donald Payne 40%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 40%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 40%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 60%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 60%
John Peterson 60%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 40%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 40%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 40%
Todd Platts 60%
Richard Pombo 40%
Earl Pomeroy 80%
Jon Porter, Sr. 60%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 40%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 40%
Deborah Pryce 40%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 50%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 40%
Jack Quinn 40%
George Radanovich 40%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 60%
James Ramstad 60%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 40%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 50%
Ralph Regula 40%
Denny Rehberg 60%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 50%
Richard Renzi 80%
Silvestre Reyes 40%
Thomas Reynolds 40%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 100%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 50%
Ciro Rodriguez 80%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 40%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 60%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 60%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 60%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 60%
Mike Ross 60%
Steve Rothman 60%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 40%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 60%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 60%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 40%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 40%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 60%
Jim Ryun 80%
Martin Olav Sabo 40%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 40%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 40%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 40%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 60%
Rick Santorum 100%
Paul Sarbanes 50%
Jim Saxton 60%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 60%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 40%
Edward Schrock 60%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 50%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 60%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 40%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 80%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 40%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 100%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 40%
John Shadegg 20%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 60%
Christopher Shays 40%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 100%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 60%
Donald Sherwood 40%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 40%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 60%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 60%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 40%
Ike Skelton 60%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 20%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 60%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 80%
Gordon Smith 100%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 40%
Nick Smith 80%
Olympia Snowe 100%
Vic Snyder 40%
Hilda Solis 60%
Mark Souder 40%
Arlen Specter 100%
John Spratt, Jr. 60%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 50%
Pete Stark 60%
Cliff Stearns 60%
Charles Stenholm 60%
Ted Stevens 100%
Ted Strickland 80%
Bart Stupak 60%
John Sullivan 40%
John Sununu 100%
John Sweeney 40%
James Talent 100%
Tom Tancredo 80%
John Tanner 60%
Ellen Tauscher 60%
William Tauzin 40%
Charles Taylor 60%
Gene Taylor 60%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 60%
Craig Thomas 100%
William Thomas 40%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 60%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 40%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 40%
Todd Tiahrt 40%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 40%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 40%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 60%
Ed Towns 60%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 40%
James Turner 60%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 60%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 60%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 60%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 60%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 40%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 60%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 40%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 40%
George Voinovich 100%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 40%
James Walsh 20%
Zach Wamp 60%
John Warner 100%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 40%
Diane Watson 20%
Mel Watt 60%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 40%
Anthony Weiner 40%
David Weldon 40%
W. Curtis Weldon 60%
Gerald Weller 40%
Robert Wexler 40%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 60%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 40%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 40%
Heather Wilson 60%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 40%
Lynn Woolsey 40%
David Wu 40%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 50%
Albert Wynn 60%
Bill Young 40%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 40%

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