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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Silicon Valley Leadership Group

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Michael Machado 80%
Lynn Daucher 77%
Tom Harman 77%
Ken Maddox 75%
Deirdre Alpert 73%
Jack Scott 73%
Nell Soto 73%
Robert Pacheco 72%
Rebecca Cohn 71%
John Anthony Dutra 71%
Abel Maldonado 71%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 71%
Edward Chavez 69%
Dean Florez 69%
Dennis Hollingsworth 69%
Jerome Horton 69%
Jay La Suer 69%
Robert Leslie 69%
Barbara Matthews 69%
Joseph Nation 69%
John Burton 67%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 67%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 67%
Joseph Dunn 67%
Raymond Haynes, Jr. 67%
Betty Karnette 67%
Byron Sher 67%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 67%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 67%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 65%
Manny Diaz 65%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 65%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 65%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 65%
Simón Salinas 65%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 65%
Samuel Aanestad 63%
Richard Alarcón 63%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 63%
Dave Cox 63%
Dario Frommer 63%
Christine Kehoe 63%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 63%
Sheila Kuehl 63%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 63%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 63%
George Nakano 63%
Thomas Oller 63%
Jenny Oropeza 63%
Gloria Romero 63%
Tony Strickland 63%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 63%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 60%
Martha Escutia 60%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 60%
Kevin Murray 60%
Deborah Ortiz 60%
Don Perata 60%
Charles Poochigian 60%
John Vasconcellos 60%
Jackie Goldberg 59%
John Longville 59%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 59%
Sarah Reyes 59%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 59%
Patricia Wiggins 59%
Patricia Bates 56%
Russell Bogh 56%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 56%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 56%
Bob Margett 56%
Keith Stuart Richman 56%
Richard Ackerman 53%
Roy Ashburn 53%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 53%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 53%
Joseph Canciamilla 50%
Liz Figueroa 50%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 50%
James Battin 47%
James Brulte 47%
William Phillip Morrow 47%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 44%
Ross Johnson 40%
Edward Vincent 40%
William Knight 27%

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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