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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 31%
Anthony Adams 14%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Tom Ammiano 100%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 14%
Juan Arambula 93%
Roy Ashburn 31%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 93%
John Benoit 15%
Bill Berryhill 36%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 21%
Sam Blakeslee 14%
Martin Block 100%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield 100%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
Joan Buchanan 82%
CA State Assembly 30 Anna Caballero Democratic 71%
Charles Calderon 79%
Ron Calderon 54%
Amina Carter 86%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 92%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
David Cogdill 15%
Connie Conway 21%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 14%
Ellen Corbett 100%
CA U.S. House 46 Lou Correa Democratic 62%
Joe Coto 93%
Dave Cox 23%
Mike Davis 100%
Hector De La Torre 93%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 92%
Charles DeVore 14%
Denise Ducheny 83%
Robert Dutton 15%
Michael Duvall 14%
Bill Emmerson 21%
Mike Eng 86%
Noreen Evans 100%
Mike Feuer 100%
Nathan Fletcher 29%
Dean Florez 100%
Paul Fong 100%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 86%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 29%
Warren Furutani 86%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 29%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 71%
Martin Garrick 21%
Danny Gilmore 36%
CA Supervisor 4 Curt Hagman 21%
Isadore Hall III 54%
Loni Hancock 100%
Diane Harkey 21%
Tom Harman 17%
Mary Hayashi 100%
Roger Hernandez 93%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 93%
Dennis Hollingsworth 15%
Alyson Huber 57%
Robert Huff 15%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 21%
Dave Jones 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 14%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 100%
Mark Leno 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
Carol Liu 100%
Dan Logue 21%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Bonnie Lowenthal 100%
Fiona Ma 93%
Abel Maldonado 54%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 86%
Jeff Miller 14%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 77%
Brian Nestande 14%
Roger Niello 29%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 29%
Jenny Oropeza 92%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 92%
Fran Pavley 92%
John Pérez 93%
Manuel Pérez 86%
CA State Senate 25 Anthony Portantino, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 100%
Gloria Romero 92%
George Runner, Jr. 15%
Ira Ruskin 100%
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Jim Silva 21%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
CA State Senate 9 Nancy Skinner Democratic 93%
Cameron Smyth 14%
Jose Solorio 64%
CA Mayor At-Large Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Tony Strickland 23%
Audra Strickland 21%
Sandré Swanson 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 79%
Alberto Torrico 93%
Van Tran 21%
Mike Villines 29%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 15%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
Lois Wolk 100%
Roderick Wright 62%
Mark Wyland 15%
Mariko Yamada 91%
Leland Yee 92%

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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