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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Friends Committee on Legislation of California

2007-2008 Positions

Issues: Social
State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 29%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 10%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 74%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 9%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 90%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 9%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 56%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 18%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 91%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 91%
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 9%
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 20%
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 90%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 9%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 14%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 90%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 86%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 9%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 89%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 14%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 18%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 94%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 95%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 86%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 10%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 76%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 86%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 14%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 90%
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 91%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 6%
Samuel Aanestad 19%
Richard Ackerman 5%
Anthony Adams 14%
Gregory Aghazarian 18%
Elaine Alquist 90%
Juan Arambula 60%
Roy Ashburn 16%
James Battin 6%
Patty Berg 90%
Sam Blakeslee 18%
Anna Caballero 86%
Charles Calderon 84%
Ron Calderon 84%
Amina Carter 81%
Ellen Corbett 90%
Lou Correa 50%
Joe Coto 90%
Dave Cox 5%
Mike Davis 90%
Hector De La Torre 86%
Charles DeVore 24%
Denise Ducheny 80%
Robert Dutton 5%
Michael Duvall 9%
Mervyn Dymally 86%
Bill Emmerson 14%
Mike Eng 86%
Noreen Evans 86%
Mike Feuer 86%
Dean Florez 95%
Warren Furutani 100%
Bonnie Garcia 20%
Martin Garrick 14%
Tom Harman 5%
Mary Hayashi 86%
Dennis Hollingsworth 5%
Shirley Horton 19%
Guy Houston 20%
Betty Karnette 86%
Richard Keene 9%
Christine Kehoe 90%
Sheila Kuehl 95%
John Laird 86%
Lloyd Levine 86%
Sally Lieber 86%
Michael Machado 89%
Abel Maldonado 16%
Bob Margett 5%
Bill Maze 10%
Carole Migden 100%
Eugene Mullin 90%
Pedro Nava 79%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 84%
Roger Niello 14%
Fabian Núñez 86%
Jenny Oropeza 95%
Nicole Parra 45%
Don Perata 90%
George Plescia 9%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 86%
Laura Richardson 60%
Gloria Romero 95%
Ira Ruskin 86%
Mary Salas 81%
Lori Saldaña 90%
Jack Scott 89%
Jim Silva 19%
Cameron Smyth 10%
Jose Solorio 86%
Nell Soto 88%
Darrell Steinberg 90%
Audra Strickland 14%
Sandré Swanson 91%
Alberto Torrico 82%
Van Tran 18%
Mike Villines 14%
Edward Vincent 83%
Patricia Wiggins 95%
Mark Wyland 5%
Leland Yee 90%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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