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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 6%
Richard Ackerman 6%
Gregory Aghazarian 6%
Richard Alarcón 94%
Deirdre Alpert 89%
Roy Ashburn 6%
Pat Bates 6%
James Battin 6%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 6%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 100%
Russell Bogh 6%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 100%
James Brulte 6%
John Burton 100%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 6%
Joseph Canciamilla 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 94%
Edward Chavez 89%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 6%
Rebecca Cohn 100%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 72%
Dave Cox 6%
Lynn Daucher 22%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 6%
Manny Diaz 94%
Denise Ducheny 94%
Joseph Dunn 94%
John Anthony Dutra 94%
Robert Dutton 6%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Martha Escutia 100%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 56%
Dean Florez 28%
Dario Frommer 100%
Bonnie Garcia 28%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
Tom Harman 6%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 6%
Dennis Hollingsworth 6%
Jerome Horton 67%
Shirley Horton 22%
Guy Houston 6%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 100%
Ross Johnson 6%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 6%
Christine Kehoe 100%
William Knight 0%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Laird 100%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 6%
Jay La Suer 6%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Robert Leslie 6%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
John Longville 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Michael Machado 89%
Ken Maddox 11%
Abel Maldonado 22%
Bob Margett 6%
Barbara Matthews 56%
Bill Maze 6%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 6%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 6%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 11%
Cindy Montañez 100%
William Phillip Morrow 6%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 6%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Kevin Murray 94%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 11%
George Nakano 78%
Joseph Nation 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Thomas Oller 6%
Jenny Oropeza 94%
Deborah Ortiz 94%
Robert Pacheco 6%
Nicole Parra 56%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
Don Perata 100%
George Plescia 6%
Charles Poochigian 6%
Sarah Reyes 50%
Keith Stuart Richman 33%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100%
Gloria Romero 100%
Sharon Runner 6%
Simón Salinas 89%
Steve Samuelian 6%
Jack Scott 100%
Byron Sher 94%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 89%
Nell Soto 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 22%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Tony Strickland 6%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
John Vasconcellos 94%
Edward Vincent 56%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 89%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 11%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100%

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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