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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Alarcón 100%
Deirdre Alpert 100%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100%
Joseph Dunn 100%
Martha Escutia 100%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 100%
Dario Frommer 100%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Longville 100%
Jenny Oropeza 100%
Jack Scott 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
Nell Soto 100%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 95%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 95%
Christine Kehoe 95%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 95%
Simón Salinas 95%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 95%
John Burton 94%
Betty Karnette 94%
Don Perata 94%
Gloria Romero 94%
Byron Sher 94%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94%
Edward Chavez 89%
Manny Diaz 89%
George Nakano 89%
Joseph Nation 89%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 84%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 82%
John Vasconcellos 82%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 79%
Rebecca Cohn 79%
John Anthony Dutra 79%
Sarah Reyes 79%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 79%
Michael Machado 76%
Kevin Murray 76%
Deborah Ortiz 76%
Abel Maldonado 74%
Joseph Canciamilla 68%
Jerome Horton 68%
Barbara Matthews 63%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 47%
Tom Harman 42%
Tony Strickland 42%
Bob Margett 41%
Russell Bogh 37%
Dave Cox 37%
Lynn Daucher 37%
Ken Maddox 37%
Robert Pacheco 37%
Keith Stuart Richman 37%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 37%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 35%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 32%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 32%
James Brulte 29%
William Phillip Morrow 29%
Edward Vincent 29%
Pat Bates 26%
Robert Leslie 26%
Richard Ackerman 24%
James Battin 24%
Ross Johnson 24%
Charles Poochigian 24%
Jay La Suer 21%
George Runner, Jr. 21%
William Knight 18%
Thomas Oller 18%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 16%

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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