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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 24%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 12%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 90%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 95%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 93%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 12%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 75%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 12%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 12%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 81%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 93%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 12%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 12%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 95%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 12%
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 94%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 20%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
Samuel Aanestad 19%
Richard Ackerman 14%
Gregory Aghazarian 12%
Richard Alarcón 81%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Juan Arambula 75%
Roy Ashburn 24%
James Battin 19%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 94%
Sam Blakeslee 19%
Russell Bogh 12%
Joseph Canciamilla 81%
Edward Chavez 88%
Rebecca Cohn 100%
Joe Coto 100%
Dave Cox 19%
Lynn Daucher 19%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Charles DeVore 12%
Denise Ducheny 85%
Joseph Dunn 100%
Robert Dutton 20%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Bill Emmerson 12%
Martha Escutia 79%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Dean Florez 76%
Dario Frommer 100%
Bonnie Garcia 19%
Jackie Goldberg 94%
Tom Harman 12%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 7%
Dennis Hollingsworth 10%
Jerome Horton 93%
Shirley Horton 38%
Guy Houston 12%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 12%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Laird 100%
Jay La Suer 12%
Robert Leslie 12%
Lloyd Levine 93%
Sally Lieber 100%
Michael Machado 76%
Abel Maldonado 29%
Bob Margett 15%
Barbara Matthews 75%
Bill Maze 12%
Carole Migden 90%
Cindy Montañez 94%
William Phillip Morrow 10%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 12%
Eugene Mullin 88%
Kevin Murray 60%
Joseph Nation 94%
Pedro Nava 100%
Roger Niello 12%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Jenny Oropeza 87%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Nicole Parra 69%
Don Perata 100%
George Plescia 12%
Charles Poochigian 19%
Keith Stuart Richman 19%
Gloria Romero 95%
George Runner, Jr. 14%
Sharon Runner 12%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
Jack Scott 95%
Nell Soto 100%
Audra Strickland 12%
Alberto Torrico 94%
Van Tran 12%
Thomas Umberg 100%
Mike Villines 12%
Edward Vincent 100%

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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