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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100%
Tom Ammiano 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield 100%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Mike Davis 100%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
Noreen Evans 100%
Mike Feuer 100%
Dean Florez 100%
Paul Fong 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
Mary Hayashi 100%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Bonnie Lowenthal 100%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
Darrell Steinberg 100%
Sandré Swanson 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
Juan Arambula 93%
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 93%
Joe Coto 93%
Hector De La Torre 93%
CA State Assembly 48 Roger Hernandez Democratic 93%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 93%
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 93%
John Pérez 93%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 93%
Nancy Skinner 93%
Alberto Torrico 93%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 92%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 92%
Jenny Oropeza 92%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 92%
Gloria Romero 92%
Leland Yee 92%
Mariko Yamada 91%
Amina Carter 86%
Mike Eng 86%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 86%
Warren Furutani 86%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 86%
Manuel Pérez 86%
Denise Ducheny 83%
Joan Buchanan 82%
Charles Calderon 79%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 79%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 77%
Anna Caballero 71%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 71%
Jose Solorio 64%
Lou Correa 62%
Roderick Wright 62%
Alyson Huber 57%
Ron Calderon 54%
CA State Senate 35 Isadore Hall III Democratic 54%
Abel Maldonado 54%
Bill Berryhill 36%
Danny Gilmore 36%
Samuel Aanestad 31%
Roy Ashburn 31%
Nathan Fletcher 29%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 29%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 29%
Roger Niello 29%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 29%
Mike Villines 29%
Dave Cox 23%
Tony Strickland 23%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 21%
Connie Conway 21%
Bill Emmerson 21%
Martin Garrick 21%
CA Supervisor 4 Curt Hagman 21%
CA State Board of Equalization Diane Harkey Republican 21%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 21%
Dan Logue 21%
Jim Silva 21%
Audra Strickland 21%
Van Tran 21%
Tom Harman 17%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 15%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 15%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 15%
Robert Dutton 15%
Dennis Hollingsworth 15%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 15%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 15%
Mark Wyland 15%
Anthony Adams 14%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 14%
Sam Blakeslee 14%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 14%
Charles DeVore 14%
Michael Duvall 14%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 14%
Jeff Miller 14%
Brian Nestande 14%
Cameron Smyth 14%

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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