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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Alliance for Retired Americans

2007 Positions on Senior & Retirement Issues

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
Amina Carter 100
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100
Joe Coto 100
Mike Davis 100
Hector De La Torre 100
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 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 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
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
Carole Migden 100
Eugene Mullin 100
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 100
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Mary Salas 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Jack Scott 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
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
Juan Arambula 94
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 94
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 94
Mary Hayashi 94
CA State Senate 24 Edward Hernandez Democratic 94
Sally Lieber 94
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 94
Fiona Ma 94
Tony Mendoza 94
Pedro Nava 94
Nicole Parra 94
Gloria Romero 94
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 94
Jose Solorio 94
Charles Calderon 88
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 88
Patricia Wiggins 88
Denise Ducheny 81
Dean Florez 81
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 81
Don Perata 81
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 81
Edward Vincent 78
Michael Machado 75
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 69
Audra Strickland 67
Bonnie Garcia 56
Richard Keene 56
Abel Maldonado 56
Anthony Adams 50
Gregory Aghazarian 50
CA State Senate 14 Thomas Berryhill Republican 50
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 50
Bill Emmerson 50
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 50
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 50
Van Tran 50
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 44
Sam Blakeslee 44
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 44
Shirley Horton 44
Guy Houston 44
George Plescia 44
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 40
Martin Garrick 38
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 38
Bill Maze 38
Sharon Runner 38
Mike Villines 38
Cameron Smyth 36
Samuel Aanestad 31
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 31
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 31
Michael Duvall 31
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 31
Roger Niello 31
Jim Silva 31
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 31
Roy Ashburn 25
James Battin 25
Charles DeVore 25
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 25
Bob Margett 25
Richard Ackerman 19
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 19
Dave Cox 19
Dennis Hollingsworth 19
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 19
Robert Dutton 13
Tom Harman 13
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 13
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 13
George Runner, Jr. 13

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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