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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2007 Positions on LGBT Rights

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 100
Patty Berg 100
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100
Anna Caballero 100
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100
Joe Coto 100
Hector De La Torre 100
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100
Denise Ducheny 100
Mervyn Dymally 100
Mike Eng 100
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100
Mike Feuer 100
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes Democratic 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Mary Hayashi 100
CA State Senate 24 Edward Hernandez Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
Christine Kehoe 100
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian Democratic 100
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
Fiona Ma 100
Tony Mendoza 100
Carole Migden 100
Eugene Mullin 100
Pedro Nava 100
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100
Fabian Núñez 100
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 100
Don Perata 100
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 100
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 100
Laura Richardson 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Gloria Romero 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Mary Salas 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Jack Scott 100
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100
Jose Solorio 100
Nell Soto 100
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100
Sandré Swanson 100
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100
Alberto Torrico 100
Edward Vincent 100
Patricia Wiggins 100
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100
Juan Arambula 90
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 90
Mike Davis 90
Jenny Oropeza 90
Amina Carter 80
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 80
Michael Machado 80
Charles Calderon 70
Dean Florez 70
Nicole Parra 70
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 60
Anthony Adams 20
Sam Blakeslee 20
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 20
Abel Maldonado 20
Roger Niello 20
Samuel Aanestad 10
Richard Ackerman 10
Gregory Aghazarian 10
Roy Ashburn 10
James Battin 10
CA State Senate 14 Tom Berryhill Republican 10
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 10
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 10
Dave Cox 10
Charles DeVore 10
Robert Dutton 10
Michael Duvall 10
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 10
Bonnie Garcia 10
Tom Harman 10
Shirley Horton 10
Guy Houston 10
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 10
Richard Keene 10
Bob Margett 10
Bill Maze 10
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 10
George Plescia 10
George Runner, Jr. 10
Jim Silva 10
Cameron Smyth 10
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 10
Audra Strickland 10
Van Tran 10
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 10
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 0
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 0
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0
Bill Emmerson 0
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 0
Martin Garrick 0
Dennis Hollingsworth 0
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 0
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0
Sharon Runner 0
Mike Villines 0
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 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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