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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2007 Positions on LGBT Rights

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 10
Richard Ackerman 10
Anthony Adams 20
Gregory Aghazarian 10
Elaine Alquist 100
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 0
Juan Arambula 90
Roy Ashburn 10
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
James Battin 10
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 0
Patty Berg 100
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 10
Sam Blakeslee 20
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100
Anna Caballero 100
Charles Calderon 70
Ron Calderon 90
Amina Carter 80
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 10
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 10
Ellen Corbett 100
Lou Correa 80
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 10
Mike Davis 90
Hector De La Torre 100
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100
Charles DeVore 10
Denise Ducheny 100
Robert Dutton 10
Michael Duvall 10
Mervyn Dymally 100
Bill Emmerson 0
Mike Eng 100
Noreen Evans 100
Mike Feuer 100
Dean Florez 70
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 100
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 0
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 10
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 60
Bonnie Garcia 10
Martin Garrick 0
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Tom Harman 10
Mary Hayashi 100
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 100
Dennis Hollingsworth 0
Shirley Horton 10
Guy Houston 10
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 20
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 10
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 10
Christine Kehoe 100
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 100
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 0
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 100
Michael Machado 80
Abel Maldonado 20
Bob Margett 10
Bill Maze 10
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 100
Carole Migden 100
Eugene Mullin 100
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 10
Pedro Nava 100
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100
Roger Niello 20
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 90
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 100
Nicole Parra 70
Don Perata 100
George Plescia 10
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 100
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 100
Laura Richardson 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Gloria Romero 100
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 10
Sharon Runner 0
Ira Ruskin 100
Mary Salas 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Jack Scott 100
Jim Silva 10
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100
Cameron Smyth 10
Jose Solorio 100
Nell Soto 100
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 10
Darrell Steinberg 100
Audra Strickland 10
Sandré Swanson 100
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100
Alberto Torrico 100
Van Tran 10
Mike Villines 0
Edward Vincent 100
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 10
Patricia Wiggins 100
Mark Wyland 0
Leland Yee 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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