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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2009 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 15%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 48 Roger Hernandez Democratic 93%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 29%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 29%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 71%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 21%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 93%
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 93%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 29%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 92%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 15%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 35 Isadore Hall III Democratic 54%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 14%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 100%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 92%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 21%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 15%
CA Supervisor 4 Curt Hagman 21%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 92%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 100%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 15%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 86%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
CA State Board of Equalization Diane Harkey Republican 21%
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 93%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 15%
Samuel Aanestad 31%
Anthony Adams 14%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Tom Ammiano 100%
Juan Arambula 93%
Roy Ashburn 31%
Bill Berryhill 36%
Sam Blakeslee 14%
Joan Buchanan 82%
Anna Caballero 71%
Charles Calderon 79%
Ron Calderon 54%
Amina Carter 86%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
Connie Conway 21%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Lou Correa 62%
Joe Coto 93%
Dave Cox 23%
Mike Davis 100%
Hector De La Torre 93%
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%
Warren Furutani 86%
Martin Garrick 21%
Danny Gilmore 36%
Tom Harman 17%
Mary Hayashi 100%
Dennis Hollingsworth 15%
Alyson Huber 57%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Dan Logue 21%
Bonnie Lowenthal 100%
Abel Maldonado 54%
Jeff Miller 14%
Pedro Nava 100%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 77%
Brian Nestande 14%
Roger Niello 29%
Jenny Oropeza 92%
John Pérez 93%
Manuel Pérez 86%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 93%
Gloria Romero 92%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Jim Silva 21%
Nancy Skinner 93%
Cameron Smyth 14%
Jose Solorio 64%
Darrell Steinberg 100%
Tony Strickland 23%
Audra Strickland 21%
Sandré Swanson 100%
Alberto Torrico 93%
Van Tran 21%
Mike Villines 29%
Patricia Wiggins 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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