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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2009 Positions on LGBT Rights

State Office District Name Party Rating
Alfred Ernest Alquist 100%
Tom Ammiano 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield 100%
CA State Senate 35 Steven Bradford Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
Joan Buchanan 100%
Ron Calderon 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 100%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Mike Davis 100%
Hector De La Torre 100%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100%
Denise Ducheny 100%
Mike Eng 100%
Mike Feuer 100%
Paul Fong 100%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 100%
Warren Furutani 100%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 100%
Isadore Hall III 100%
Loni Hancock 100%
Mary Hayashi 100%
CA State Senate 22 Ed Hernandez Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
Dave Jones 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 100%
Mark Leno 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
Carol Liu 100%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Bonnie Lowenthal 100%
Fiona Ma 100%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 100%
Fran Pavley 100%
John Pérez 100%
Manuel Pérez 100%
CA State Senate 25 Anthony Portantino, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 100%
Gloria Romero 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
CA State Senate 9 Nancy Skinner Democratic 100%
CA Mayor At-Large Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Sandré Swanson 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
Alberto Torrico 100%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
Lois Wolk 100%
Mariko Yamada 100%
Leland Yee 100%
Martin Block 88%
CA State Assembly 30 Anna Caballero Democratic 88%
Joe Coto 88%
Noreen Evans 88%
Alyson Huber 88%
Jose Solorio 88%
Roderick Wright 88%
CA U.S. House 46 Lou Correa Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 86%
Dean Florez 83%
Juan Arambula 75%
Jenny Oropeza 75%
Amina Carter 63%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 60%
Abel Maldonado 43%
Cameron Smyth 30%
Audra Strickland 30%
Nathan Fletcher 29%
Danny Gilmore 14%
Anthony Adams 13%
Bill Berryhill 13%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 13%
Sam Blakeslee 13%
Connie Conway 13%
Charles DeVore 13%
Bill Emmerson 13%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 13%
CA Supervisor 4 Curt Hagman 13%
Diane Harkey 13%
Brian Nestande 13%
Roger Niello 13%
Van Tran 13%
Samuel Aanestad 0%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 0%
Roy Ashburn 0%
John Benoit 0%
David Cogdill 0%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 0%
Dave Cox 0%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0%
Robert Dutton 0%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 0%
Martin Garrick 0%
Tom Harman 0%
Dennis Hollingsworth 0%
Robert Huff 0%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 0%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 0%
Dan Logue 0%
Jeff Miller 0%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 0%
George Runner, Jr. 0%
Jim Silva 0%
Tony Strickland 0%
Mike Villines 0%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 0%
Mark Wyland 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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