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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Silicon Valley Leadership Group

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 63%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 59%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 53%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 65%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 65%
CA State Senate 36 Pat Bates Republican 56%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 65%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 60%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 71%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 44%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 63%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 56%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 67%
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 69%
Samuel Aanestad 63%
Richard Ackerman 53%
Richard Alarcón 63%
Deirdre Alpert 73%
Roy Ashburn 53%
James Battin 47%
Russell Bogh 56%
Debra Bowen 60%
James Brulte 47%
John Burton 67%
John Campbell III 56%
Joseph Canciamilla 50%
Edward Chavez 69%
Wesley Chesbro 67%
Rebecca Cohn 71%
Ellen Corbett 67%
Lou Correa 53%
Dave Cox 63%
Lynn Daucher 77%
Manny Diaz 65%
Joseph Dunn 67%
John Anthony Dutra 71%
Martha Escutia 60%
Liz Figueroa 50%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 65%
Dean Florez 69%
Dario Frommer 63%
Jackie Goldberg 59%
Tom Harman 77%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 67%
Dennis Hollingsworth 69%
Ross Johnson 40%
Betty Karnette 67%
Christine Kehoe 63%
William Knight 27%
Sheila Kuehl 63%
Jay La Suer 69%
Robert Leslie 69%
John Longville 59%
Michael Machado 80%
Ken Maddox 75%
Abel Maldonado 71%
Bob Margett 56%
Barbara Matthews 69%
William Phillip Morrow 47%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 63%
Kevin Murray 60%
George Nakano 63%
Joseph Nation 69%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 59%
Thomas Oller 63%
Jenny Oropeza 63%
Deborah Ortiz 60%
Robert Pacheco 72%
Don Perata 60%
Charles Poochigian 60%
Sarah Reyes 59%
Keith Stuart Richman 56%
Gloria Romero 63%
Simón Salinas 65%
Jack Scott 73%
Byron Sher 67%
Nell Soto 73%
Darrell Steinberg 59%
Tony Strickland 63%
John Vasconcellos 60%
Edward Vincent 40%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 63%
Patricia Wiggins 59%
Mark Wyland 65%

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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