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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2007 Positions on Public Interest Advocacy

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 20
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 93
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 33
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 20
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 42
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 93
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 87
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 80
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 87
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 13
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 92
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 20
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 87
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 53
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 27
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 87
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 93
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 93
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 27
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 27
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 80
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 87
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 13
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 80
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 20
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 92
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 93
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 27
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 92
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 27
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 33
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 83
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 92
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 87
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 17
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 73
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 87
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 27
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 83
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 87
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 8
Samuel Aanestad 42
Richard Ackerman 8
Anthony Adams 13
Gregory Aghazarian 27
Elaine Alquist 92
Juan Arambula 87
Roy Ashburn 17
James Battin 25
Patty Berg 87
Sam Blakeslee 40
Anna Caballero 80
Charles Calderon 60
Ron Calderon 75
Amina Carter 87
Ellen Corbett 91
Lou Correa 58
Joe Coto 80
Dave Cox 17
Mike Davis 73
Hector De La Torre 80
Charles DeVore 13
Denise Ducheny 92
Robert Dutton 0
Michael Duvall 20
Mervyn Dymally 80
Bill Emmerson 20
Mike Eng 87
Noreen Evans 87
Mike Feuer 93
Dean Florez 92
Bonnie Garcia 40
Martin Garrick 33
Tom Harman 8
Mary Hayashi 93
Dennis Hollingsworth 17
Shirley Horton 20
Guy Houston 33
Betty Karnette 87
Richard Keene 27
Christine Kehoe 92
Sheila Kuehl 83
John Laird 93
Lloyd Levine 87
Sally Lieber 87
Michael Machado 50
Abel Maldonado 50
Bob Margett 17
Bill Maze 21
Carole Migden 75
Eugene Mullin 93
Pedro Nava 87
Gloria Negrete McLeod 92
Roger Niello 7
Fabian Núñez 87
Jenny Oropeza 92
Nicole Parra 53
Don Perata 75
George Plescia 13
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 80
Gloria Romero 92
Ira Ruskin 93
Mary Salas 87
Lori Saldaña 87
Jack Scott 92
Jim Silva 27
Cameron Smyth 21
Jose Solorio 87
Nell Soto 70
Darrell Steinberg 92
Audra Strickland 20
Sandré Swanson 93
Alberto Torrico 87
Van Tran 14
Mike Villines 20
Edward Vincent 88
Patricia Wiggins 83
Mark Wyland 33
Leland Yee 75

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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