Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2006 Positions on Public Interest Advocacy

State Office Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House-1 Doug LaMalfa R 20
CA U.S. House-4 Tom McClintock R 33
CA U.S. House-10 Jeff Denham R 33
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 100
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 20
CA U.S. House-27 Judy Chu D 100
CA U.S. House-35 Gloria Negrete McLeod D 70
CA U.S. House-37 Karen Bass D 100
CA U.S. House-47 Alan Lowenthal D 100
CA U.S. House-51 Juan Vargas D 90
CA State Assembly-2 Wesley Chesbro D 89
CA State Senate-2 Noreen Evans D 100
CA State Senate-3 Lois Wolk D 80
CA State Senate-8 Leland Yee D 90
CA State Senate-9 Loni Hancock D 100
CA State Senate-11 Mark Leno D 100
CA State Senate-25 Carol Liu D 100
CA State Senate-27 Fran Pavley D 100
CA State Senate-28 Ted Lieu D 90
CA State Senate-29 Robert Huff R 20
CA State Senate-30 Ron Calderon D 80
CA State Senate-37 Mimi Walters R 10
CA State Senate-38 Mark Wyland R 20
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen D 100
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones D 100
CA Supervisor-2 Mark Ridley-Thomas D 100
CA Supervisor-3 Wilma Chan D 100
CA Supervisor-3 Todd Spitzer R 20
CA Supervisor-4 John Benoit 10
CA Supervisor-5 Saren Simitian D 100
CA Council Member-1 Gilbert Cedillo D 67
CA Council Member-5 Paul Koretz D 80
CA Council Member-6 David Cogdill R 10
CA Council Member-At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA Council Member-At-Large Alan Nakanishi 10
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson D 100
Samuel Aanestad 33
Richard Ackerman 22
Gregory Aghazarian 20
Richard Alarcón 63
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 80
Roy Ashburn 33
James Battin 22
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 30
Russell Bogh 11
Joseph Canciamilla 70
Edward Chavez 80
Rebecca Cohn 80
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 33
Lynn Daucher 50
Hector De La Torre 100
Charles DeVore 10
Denise Ducheny 89
Joseph Dunn 88
Robert Dutton 33
Mervyn Dymally 90
Bill Emmerson 20
Martha Escutia 75
Liz Figueroa 89
Dean Florez 89
Dario Frommer 90
Bonnie Garcia 20
Jackie Goldberg 100
Tom Harman 25
Ray Haynes, Jr. 10
Dennis Hollingsworth 13
Jerome Horton 90
Shirley Horton 40
Guy Houston 20
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 20
Christine Kehoe 100
Johan Klehs 90
Sheila Kuehl 89
John Laird 100
Jay La Suer 10
Robert Leslie 20
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
Michael Machado 78
Abel Maldonado 33
Bob Margett 22
Barbara Matthews 70
Bill Maze 30
Carole Migden 88
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 22
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 20
Eugene Mullin 90
Kevin Murray 88
Joseph Nation 89
Pedro Nava 100
Roger Niello 10
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
Deborah Ortiz 100
Nicole Parra 70
Don Perata 100
George Plescia 20
Charles Poochigian 25
Keith Stuart Richman 11
Gloria Romero 89
George Runner, Jr. 33
Sharon Runner 11
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Jack Scott 100
Nell Soto 67
Audra Strickland 20
Alberto Torrico 90
Van Tran 30
Thomas Umberg 90
Mike Villines 20
Edward Vincent 88

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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