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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2005-2006 Positions on LGBT Rights

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 0
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 100
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 0
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 0
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 0
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 87
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 0
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 100
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 0
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 93
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 0
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 0
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 93
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 93
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 93
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 0
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 93
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100
Samuel Aanestad 0
Richard Ackerman 0
Gregory Aghazarian 0
Richard Alarcón 87
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 67
Roy Ashburn 0
James Battin 0
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 0
Russell Bogh 0
Joseph Canciamilla 100
Edward Chavez 100
Rebecca Cohn 100
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 0
Lynn Daucher 13
Hector De La Torre 100
Charles DeVore 0
Denise Ducheny 93
Joseph Dunn 100
Robert Dutton 0
Mervyn Dymally 100
Bill Emmerson 0
Martha Escutia 73
Liz Figueroa 100
Dean Florez 27
Dario Frommer 93
Bonnie Garcia 7
Jackie Goldberg 100
Tom Harman 0
Ray Haynes, Jr. 0
Dennis Hollingsworth 0
Jerome Horton 93
Shirley Horton 0
Guy Houston 0
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 0
Christine Kehoe 100
Johan Klehs 100
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
Jay La Suer 0
Robert Leslie 0
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
Michael Machado 87
Abel Maldonado 0
Bob Margett 0
Barbara Matthews 93
Bill Maze 0
Carole Migden 100
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 0
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 7
Eugene Mullin 100
Kevin Murray 92
Joseph Nation 100
Pedro Nava 100
Roger Niello 0
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
Deborah Ortiz 100
Nicole Parra 73
Don Perata 100
George Plescia 0
Charles Poochigian 0
Keith Stuart Richman 20
Gloria Romero 93
George Runner, Jr. 0
Sharon Runner 0
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Arnold Schwarzenegger 71
Jack Scott 93
Nell Soto 93
Audra Strickland 0
Alberto Torrico 93
Van Tran 0
Thomas Umberg 93
Mike Villines 0
Edward Vincent 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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