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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Alarcón 100%
Deirdre Alpert 100%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Dion Aroner 100%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 100%
John Burton 100%
Thomas Calderon 100%
Joseph Canciamilla 100%
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cardenas Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100%
Edward Chavez 100%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
Rebecca Cohn 100%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 100%
Manny Diaz 100%
Joseph Dunn 100%
John Anthony Dutra 100%
Martha Escutia 100%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 100%
Dario Frommer 100%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
Robert Hertzberg 100%
Jerome Horton 100%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 100%
Betty Karnette 100%
Fred Keeley 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
John Longville 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Michael Machado 100%
Carole Migden 100%
Kevin Murray 100%
George Nakano 100%
Joseph Nation 100%
Jack O'Connell 100%
Jenny Oropeza 100%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Louis Papan 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
Steve Peace 100%
Don Perata 100%
Richard Polanco 100%
Gloria Romero 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
Jack Scott 100%
Kevin Shelley 100%
Byron Sher 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
Nell Soto 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Virginia Strom-Martin 100%
Helen Thomson 100%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
John Vasconcellos 100%
Edward Vincent 100%
Carl Washington 100%
Howard Wayne 100%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 100%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 35 Roderick Wright Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 90%
Dennis Cardoza 83%
Keith Stuart Richman 83%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 80%
Barbara Matthews 67%
Sarah Reyes 67%
Abel Maldonado 36%
Anthony Pescetti 30%
Sally Havice 25%
Lynn Daucher 20%
Ken Maddox 20%
Samuel Aanestad 18%
Richard Dickerson 18%
Charlene Zettel 14%
K. Maurice Johannessen 13%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 13%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 11%
Bill Leonard 11%
Rod Pacheco 11%
Russell Bogh 10%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 10%
Tom Harman 10%
Jay La Suer 10%
Lynne Leach 10%
Robert Pacheco 10%
George Runner, Jr. 10%
Roy Ashburn 9%
James Battin 9%
Dave Cox 9%
David Kelley 9%
Robert Leslie 9%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 9%
Phillip Wyman 9%
Richard Ackerman 0%
Pat Bates 0%
Mike Briggs 0%
James Brulte 0%
Bill Campbell 0%
Dean Florez 0%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 0%
Dennis Hollingsworth 0%
Ross Johnson 0%
William Knight 0%
Bob Margett 0%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0%
CA Supervisor 4 Dick Monteith 0%
William Phillip Morrow 0%
Thomas Oller 0%
Charles Poochigian 0%
Tony Strickland 0%

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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