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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Patty Berg 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan No Party Affiliation 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
Rebecca Cohn 100%
Joe Coto 100%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Joseph Dunn 100%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Noreen Evans 100%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Dario Frommer 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Betty Karnette 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Laird 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
Don Perata 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
Nell Soto 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
Thomas Umberg 100%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
Edward Vincent 100%
Leland Yee 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 95%
Wesley Chesbro 95%
Gloria Romero 95%
Jack Scott 95%
CA Mayor Pro Tempore At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 94%
Rudy Bermúdez 94%
Jackie Goldberg 94%
Cindy Montañez 94%
Joseph Nation 94%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 94%
Alberto Torrico 94%
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 93%
Lloyd Levine 93%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 93%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 90%
Carole Migden 90%
Edward Chavez 88%
Eugene Mullin 88%
Jenny Oropeza 87%
Denise Ducheny 85%
Richard Alarcón 81%
Debra Bowen 81%
Joseph Canciamilla 81%
Martha Escutia 79%
Dean Florez 76%
Michael Machado 76%
Juan Arambula 75%
Ron Calderon 75%
Barbara Matthews 75%
Nicole Parra 69%
Kevin Murray 60%
Shirley Horton 38%
Abel Maldonado 29%
Roy Ashburn 24%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 24%
Robert Dutton 20%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 20%
Samuel Aanestad 19%
James Battin 19%
Sam Blakeslee 19%
Dave Cox 19%
Lynn Daucher 19%
Bonnie Garcia 19%
Charles Poochigian 19%
Keith Stuart Richman 19%
Bob Margett 15%
Richard Ackerman 14%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 14%
Gregory Aghazarian 12%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 12%
Russell Bogh 12%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 12%
Charles DeVore 12%
Bill Emmerson 12%
Tom Harman 12%
Guy Houston 12%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 12%
Richard Keene 12%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 12%
Jay La Suer 12%
Robert Leslie 12%
Bill Maze 12%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 12%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 12%
Roger Niello 12%
George Plescia 12%
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 12%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 12%
Audra Strickland 12%
Van Tran 12%
Mike Villines 12%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 12%
Mark Wyland 12%
Dennis Hollingsworth 10%
William Phillip Morrow 10%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 7%

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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