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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%
CA State Assembly 17 Tom Ammiano Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100%
Mike Davis 100%
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100%
Mike Feuer 100%
Dean Florez 100%
CA State Assembly 28 Paul Fong Democratic 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 Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 70 Bonnie Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Sandré Swanson 100%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
Juan Arambula 93%
CA State Senate 15 James 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%
Fiona Ma 93%
CA State Assembly 53 John Pérez Democratic 93%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 93%
CA State Assembly 15 Nancy Skinner Democratic 93%
Alberto Torrico 93%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 92%
Jenny Oropeza 92%
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 92%
Gloria Romero 92%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 92%
CA State Assembly 4 Mariko Yamada Democratic 91%
Amina Carter 86%
Mike Eng 86%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes Democratic 86%
Warren Furutani 86%
Tony Mendoza 86%
CA State Assembly 56 Manuel Pérez Democratic 86%
Denise Ducheny 83%
CA State Assembly 16 Joan Buchanan Democratic 82%
Charles Calderon 79%
CA State Senate 32 Norma Torres Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 77%
Anna Caballero 71%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 71%
Jose Solorio 64%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 62%
CA State Senate 35 Roderick Wright Democratic 62%
Alyson Huber 57%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 54%
CA State Assembly 64 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 18 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 14 Tom Berryhill Republican 21%
CA State Assembly 26 Connie Conway Republican 21%
Bill Emmerson 21%
Martin Garrick 21%
CA State Assembly 55 Curt Hagman Republican 21%
CA State Assembly 73 Diane Harkey Republican 21%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 21%
CA State Assembly 3 Dan Logue Republican 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 Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 15%
Robert Dutton 15%
Dennis Hollingsworth 15%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 15%
George Runner, Jr. 15%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 15%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 15%
Anthony Adams 14%
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 14%
Sam Blakeslee 14%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 14%
Charles DeVore 14%
Michael Duvall 14%
CA State Senate 21 Steve Knight Republican 14%
Jeff Miller 14%
CA State Assembly 42 Brian Nestande Republican 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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