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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Lambda Letters Project

2004 Minority Rights Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 6%
Richard Ackerman 9%
Gregory Aghazarian 8%
Richard Alarcón 100%
Deirdre Alpert 97%
Roy Ashburn 15%
Pat Bates 8%
James Battin 18%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 11%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 97%
Russell Bogh 5%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 88%
James Brulte 6%
John Burton 100%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 89%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 3%
Joseph Canciamilla 68%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 88%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100%
Edward Chavez 95%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 11%
Rebecca Cohn 89%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 74%
Dave Cox 5%
Lynn Daucher 26%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 6%
Manny Diaz 100%
Denise Ducheny 94%
Joseph Dunn 91%
John Anthony Dutra 100%
Robert Dutton 8%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Martha Escutia 97%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 97%
Dean Florez 74%
Dario Frommer 89%
Bonnie Garcia 63%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 97%
Tom Harman 21%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 5%
Dennis Hollingsworth 3%
Jerome Horton 95%
Shirley Horton 53%
Guy Houston 13%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 100%
Ross Johnson 29%
Betty Karnette 94%
Richard Keene 11%
Christine Kehoe 95%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 79%
Sheila Kuehl 97%
John Laird 100%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 8%
Jay La Suer 5%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 95%
Robert Leslie 13%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 89%
John Longville 97%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Michael Machado 94%
Ken Maddox 34%
Abel Maldonado 55%
Bob Margett 21%
Barbara Matthews 68%
Bill Maze 18%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 29%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 32%
Cindy Montañez 97%
William Phillip Morrow 6%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 5%
Eugene Mullin 92%
Kevin Murray 97%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 29%
George Nakano 95%
Joseph Nation 92%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 97%
Fabian Núñez 97%
Thomas Oller 24%
Jenny Oropeza 97%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Robert Pacheco 16%
Nicole Parra 74%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 95%
Don Perata 97%
George Plescia 5%
Charles Poochigian 3%
Sarah Reyes 97%
Keith Stuart Richman 50%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 97%
Gloria Romero 97%
Sharon Runner 8%
Simón Salinas 100%
Steve Samuelian 8%
Jack Scott 97%
Byron Sher 82%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
Nell Soto 100%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 18%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Tony Strickland 5%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 97%
John Vasconcellos 97%
Edward Vincent 65%
Herb Wesson, Jr. 97%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 8%
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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