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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Lambda Letters Project

2005 Minority Rights Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100%
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
Rebecca Cohn 100%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Joseph Dunn 100%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 100%
John Laird 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Simón Salinas 100%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 98%
Edward Chavez 98%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 98%
Joe Coto 98%
Mervyn Dymally 98%
Liz Figueroa 98%
Betty Karnette 98%
Christine Kehoe 98%
Lloyd Levine 98%
Carole Migden 98%
Cindy Montañez 98%
Eugene Mullin 98%
Joseph Nation 98%
Pedro Nava 98%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 98%
Don Perata 98%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 98%
Nell Soto 98%
Alberto Torrico 98%
Thomas Umberg 98%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 96%
Dario Frommer 96%
Jenny Oropeza 96%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95%
Gloria Romero 95%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 95%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 95%
Jerome Horton 94%
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 93%
Sheila Kuehl 93%
Deborah Ortiz 93%
Jack Scott 93%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 92%
Richard Alarcón 90%
Denise Ducheny 90%
Martha Escutia 90%
Dean Florez 90%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 90%
Edward Vincent 88%
Juan Arambula 84%
Nicole Parra 84%
Michael Machado 83%
Barbara Matthews 80%
Joseph Canciamilla 78%
Kevin Murray 76%
Bonnie Garcia 58%
Abel Maldonado 57%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 55%
Shirley Horton 54%
Van Tran 44%
Charles Poochigian 38%
Keith Stuart Richman 36%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 36%
Russell Bogh 32%
Dave Cox 29%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 29%
William Phillip Morrow 29%
Lynn Daucher 28%
Roy Ashburn 26%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 26%
Gregory Aghazarian 24%
Charles DeVore 24%
Robert Dutton 24%
Robert Leslie 24%
Bob Margett 24%
George Plescia 24%
Tom Harman 22%
Richard Keene 22%
James Battin 21%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 21%
Sam Blakeslee 20%
Bill Emmerson 20%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 20%
Jay La Suer 20%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 20%
Richard Ackerman 19%
George Runner, Jr. 19%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 18%
Sharon Runner 18%
Samuel Aanestad 17%
Dennis Hollingsworth 17%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 16%
Guy Houston 16%
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 16%
Audra Strickland 16%
Roger Niello 14%
Mike Villines 14%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 12%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 10%
Bill Maze 10%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 6%

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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