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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 42%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 58%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 18 Robert Hertzberg Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 36 Pat Bates Republican 67%
CA Supervisor 4 Dick Monteith 25%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 58%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 92%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 92%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 58%
Samuel Aanestad 67%
Richard Ackerman 58%
Richard Alarcón 83%
Deirdre Alpert 83%
Elaine Alquist 92%
Dion Aroner 83%
Roy Ashburn 42%
James Battin 67%
Debra Bowen 83%
Mike Briggs 58%
James Brulte 25%
John Burton 92%
Thomas Calderon 83%
Bill Campbell 75%
Dennis Cardoza 92%
Wesley Chesbro 83%
Ellen Corbett 92%
Lou Correa 75%
Dave Cox 75%
Richard Dickerson 67%
Joseph Dunn 67%
John Anthony Dutra 83%
Martha Escutia 67%
Liz Figueroa 75%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 75%
Dean Florez 75%
Sally Havice 75%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 8%
K. Maurice Johannessen 17%
Ross Johnson 17%
Betty Karnette 83%
Fred Keeley 92%
David Kelley 17%
William Knight 17%
Sheila Kuehl 92%
Lynne Leach 67%
Bill Leonard 42%
Robert Leslie 25%
John Longville 92%
Michael Machado 75%
Ken Maddox 58%
Abel Maldonado 83%
Bob Margett 75%
Carole Migden 92%
William Phillip Morrow 25%
Kevin Murray 75%
George Nakano 83%
Jack O'Connell 92%
Thomas Oller 67%
Deborah Ortiz 83%
Robert Pacheco 67%
Rod Pacheco 58%
Louis Papan 67%
Steve Peace 67%
Don Perata 83%
Anthony Pescetti 75%
Richard Polanco 58%
Charles Poochigian 17%
Sarah Reyes 75%
Gloria Romero 92%
Jack Scott 92%
Kevin Shelley 92%
Byron Sher 92%
Nell Soto 80%
Darrell Steinberg 92%
Tony Strickland 58%
Virginia Strom-Martin 92%
Helen Thomson 83%
John Vasconcellos 67%
Edward Vincent 67%
Carl Washington 75%
Howard Wayne 92%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 92%
Patricia Wiggins 92%
Roderick Wright 83%
Charlene Zettel 58%

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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