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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Congress of California Seniors

2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 20
Richard Ackerman 20
Gregory Aghazarian 30
Richard Alarcón 85
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 95
Roy Ashburn 25
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
James Battin 15
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 15
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 20
Russell Bogh 30
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 90
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 90
Joseph Canciamilla 90
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 85
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100
Edward Chavez 100
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 85
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 15
Rebecca Cohn 100
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 20
Lynn Daucher 55
Hector De La Torre 100
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 25
Charles DeVore 10
Denise Ducheny 90
Joseph Dunn 95
Robert Dutton 25
Mervyn Dymally 95
Bill Emmerson 25
Martha Escutia 74
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100
Liz Figueroa 95
Dean Florez 65
Dario Frommer 100
Bonnie Garcia 21
Jackie Goldberg 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Tom Harman 19
Ray Haynes, Jr. 5
Dennis Hollingsworth 5
Jerome Horton 100
Shirley Horton 55
Guy Houston 25
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 15
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 20
Christine Kehoe 90
Johan Klehs 95
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 95
Sheila Kuehl 95
John Laird 100
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 15
Jay La Suer 15
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Robert Leslie 15
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 100
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 90
Michael Machado 75
Abel Maldonado 25
Bob Margett 20
Barbara Matthews 70
Bill Maze 20
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 16
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 10
Carole Migden 95
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 6
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 15
Eugene Mullin 95
Kevin Murray 90
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 10
Joseph Nation 89
Pedro Nava 100
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 85
Roger Niello 10
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 94
Deborah Ortiz 95
Nicole Parra 85
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
Don Perata 90
George Plescia 25
Charles Poochigian 20
Keith Stuart Richman 15
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Gloria Romero 100
George Runner, Jr. 15
Sharon Runner 20
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Jack Scott 95
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100
Nell Soto 89
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 89
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 26
Audra Strickland 15
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 95
Alberto Torrico 100
Van Tran 20
Thomas Umberg 100
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100
Mike Villines 10
Edward Vincent 100
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 15
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 15
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 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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