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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 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 90%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 9%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 56%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 90%
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 91%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 90%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 91%
CA State Senate 14 Tom Berryhill Republican 18%
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 9%
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 90%
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 90%
CA State Senate 24 Edward Hernandez Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 74%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 9%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 84%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 50%
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 14%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 9%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 5%
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 Democratic 95%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian Democratic 86%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 10%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes Democratic 76%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 86%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 14%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 90%
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%
Amina Carter 81%
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%
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%
Fiona Ma 91%
Michael Machado 89%
Abel Maldonado 16%
Bob Margett 5%
Bill Maze 10%
Tony Mendoza 86%
Carole Migden 100%
Eugene Mullin 90%
Pedro Nava 79%
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%
George Runner, Jr. 6%
Sharon Runner 20%
Ira Ruskin 86%
Mary Salas 81%
Lori Saldaña 90%
Jack Scott 89%
Jim Silva 19%
Cameron Smyth 10%
Jose Solorio 86%
Nell Soto 88%
Audra Strickland 14%
Sandré Swanson 91%
Alberto Torrico 82%
Van Tran 18%
Mike Villines 14%
Edward Vincent 83%
Patricia Wiggins 95%
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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