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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2009 Positions on LGBT Rights

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 0%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 13%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 0%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 13%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 0%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 0%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 35 Isadore Hall III Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 0%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 88%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 100%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 0%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 0%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 100%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 100%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield No Party Affiliation 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 0%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 100%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
CA State Board of Equalization Diane Harkey Republican 13%
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 100%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 0%
Samuel Aanestad 0%
Anthony Adams 13%
Alfred Ernest Alquist 100%
Tom Ammiano 100%
Juan Arambula 75%
Roy Ashburn 0%
Bill Berryhill 13%
Sam Blakeslee 13%
Steven Bradford 100%
Joan Buchanan 100%
Anna Caballero 88%
Ron Calderon 100%
Amina Carter 63%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
Connie Conway 13%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Lou Correa 86%
Joe Coto 88%
Dave Cox 0%
Mike Davis 100%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Charles DeVore 13%
Denise Ducheny 100%
Robert Dutton 0%
Bill Emmerson 13%
Mike Eng 100%
Noreen Evans 88%
Mike Feuer 100%
Nathan Fletcher 29%
Dean Florez 83%
Paul Fong 100%
Warren Furutani 100%
Martin Garrick 0%
Danny Gilmore 14%
Curt Hagman 13%
Tom Harman 0%
Mary Hayashi 100%
Dennis Hollingsworth 0%
Alyson Huber 88%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Dan Logue 0%
Bonnie Lowenthal 100%
Abel Maldonado 43%
Jeff Miller 0%
Pedro Nava 100%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100%
Brian Nestande 13%
Roger Niello 13%
Jenny Oropeza 75%
John Pérez 100%
Manuel Pérez 100%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 100%
Gloria Romero 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 60%
Jim Silva 0%
Nancy Skinner 100%
Cameron Smyth 30%
Jose Solorio 88%
Darrell Steinberg 100%
Tony Strickland 0%
Audra Strickland 30%
Sandré Swanson 100%
Alberto Torrico 100%
Van Tran 13%
Mike Villines 0%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
Roderick Wright 88%
Mark Wyland 0%
Mariko Yamada 100%
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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