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Tom A. Torlakson

Tom A. Torlakson's Ratings and Endorsements

Full Name: Tom A. Torlakson
Current Office: Superintendent of Public Instruction, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Non-partisan for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014

Business and Consumers

2010 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 29%
2010 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 100%
2009 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 31%
2009 California National Federation of Independent Business - State Assembly Score 11%
2009 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2009 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 94%
2008 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 21%
2008 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions on Manufacturers Advocacy 9
2007 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 7
2007 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions on Manufacturers Advocacy 0
2007 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions on Public Interest Advocacy 83
2007 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 91%
2006 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 20%
2006 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions on Manufacturers Advocacy 0
2006 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 17
2006 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions on Public Interest Advocacy 100
2006 Consumer Federation of California - Positions on Consumer Advocacy 100
2005-2010 Consumer Federation of California - Cumulative Score 92%
2005-2009 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 91%
2005-2006 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 8%
2005 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 13%
2005 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2004 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 24%
2004 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2003-2004 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 17%
2003-2004 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 14%
2003 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 16%
2003 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 91%
2002 Alliance for Better Business - Positions 86%
2002 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 6%
2002 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
2002 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 91%
2002 Silicon Valley Leadership Group - Positions 67%
2001-2002 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2001 Alliance for Better Business - Positions 100%
2001 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 14%
2000 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 14%
2000 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 92%
1999-2000 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 18%
1998 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 19%
1998 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 100%
1997-1998 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 10%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2010 California Communities United Institute - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Score 95%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Overall Score 97%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Women's Issues Score 100%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Minority Issues Score 100%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Economic Justice 96%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on AIDS Policy 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Overall Score 86%
2009 Applied Research Center - Housing and Economics Score 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Education Equity 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Health Equity Score 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Civil Rights 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Green Equity Score 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Legal Racism Score 0%
2009 Applied Research Center - Leadership Score 0%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Criminal Justice 100%
2007 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 81
2007 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions on Civil Rights & Equality 92
2007 California Communities United Institute - Positions 98
2007 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - LGBTI Rights Score 100
2007 Equality California - Positions on LGBT Rights 100
2007 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 96
2007 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 100
2007 Lambda Letters Project - Economic Policy Score 93
2006 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 100
2006 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions on Civil Rights & Equality 100%
2006 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Underrepresented Group Issues 99
2006 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - LGBTI Rights Score 100
2006 Lambda Letters Project - Economic Policy Score 93
2006 Lambda Letters Project - HIV/AIDS Policy Score 100
2006 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 100
2006 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 100
2005-2006 Equality California - Positions on LGBT Rights 100
2005 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 92
2005 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions 92%
2005 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - Positions 100%
2005 Equality California - Positions 100%
2005 Lambda Letters Project - HIV/AIDS Policy Score 100%
2005 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 100%
2005 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 95%
2004 Applied Research Center - Positions 100%
2004 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions 92%
2004 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - Positions 94%
2004 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 95%
2004 Lambda Letters Project - HIV/AIDS Policy Score 100%
2004 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 100%
2003 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions 93%
2003 California Communities United Institute - Positions 94%
2003 Equality California - Positions 100%
2002 California Communities United Institute - Positions 94%
2002 Equality California - Positions 100%
2001 Equality California - Positions 100%
1997-2003 Gay Rights Information - Positions on LGBT Rights 0%
1997-2001 Gay Rights Information - Positions on LGBT Rights 0%

Environment

2010 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%
2010 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 96%
2010 Sierra Club California - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Clean Water Action California - Positions 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Green Equity Score 100%
2009 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 96%
2009 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 82%
2009 Environment California - Positions 92%
2009 Sierra Club California - Positions 73%
2008 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions on Environmental Conservation 94
2007-2008 California Park and Recreation Society - Positions 90%
2007 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions on Environmental Conservation 95
2007 Sierra Club California - Positions on Environmental Conservation 100
2006 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%
2006 Environment California - Positions on Environmental Conservation 100
2006 Sierra Club California - Positions on Environmental Conservation 100
2005-2006 California Park and Recreation Society - Positions 100
2005 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%
2005 Sierra Club California - Positions 100%
2004 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 89%
2004 Sierra Club California - Positions 88%
2003-2004 California Park and Recreation Society - Positions 100%
2003 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 95%
2003 Sierra Club California - Positions 100%
2002 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 94%
2001-2002 California Park and Recreation Society - Positions 85%
2001 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 94%
1999 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%
1998 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%
1997 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 100%

Marriage, Family, and Children

2007-2008 Capitol Resource Institute - Positions 0%

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