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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Lambda Letters Project

2006 Minority Rights Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Richard Alarcón 100
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 100
CA Council Member At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic 100
Edward Chavez 100
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
Joe Coto 100
Joseph Dunn 100
Mervyn Dymally 100
Martha Escutia 100
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100
Liz Figueroa 100
Dario Frommer 100
Jackie Goldberg 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
Jerome Horton 100
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
Christine Kehoe 100
Johan Klehs 100
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
Carole Migden 100
Cindy Montañez 100
Joseph Nation 100
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100
Fabian Núñez 100
Deborah Ortiz 100
Nicole Parra 100
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 100
Gloria Romero 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100
Alberto Torrico 100
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100
Edward Vincent 100
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 96
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 96
Rebecca Cohn 96
Hector De La Torre 96
Denise Ducheny 96
Betty Karnette 96
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz Democratic 96
Eugene Mullin 96
Pedro Nava 96
Jack Scott 96
Nell Soto 96
Thomas Umberg 96
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 93
Barbara Matthews 93
Jenny Oropeza 93
CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen Democratic 92
Dean Florez 92
Kevin Murray 92
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 92
Don Perata 88
Joseph Canciamilla 86
Lynn Daucher 86
Bonnie Garcia 75
Shirley Horton 71
Michael Machado 71
Van Tran 57
Abel Maldonado 54
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 46
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 46
Keith Stuart Richman 43
Tom Harman 33
Gregory Aghazarian 32
Roy Ashburn 29
Bill Emmerson 29
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 29
Sam Blakeslee 25
Bob Margett 25
Charles Poochigian 25
George Runner, Jr. 25
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 21
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 21
William Phillip Morrow 21
Guy Houston 18
Mike Villines 18
Samuel Aanestad 17
James Battin 17
Dave Cox 17
Robert Dutton 17
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 14
Russell Bogh 14
Charles DeVore 14
Richard Keene 14
Robert Leslie 14
Bill Maze 14
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 14
Sharon Runner 14
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 14
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 11
George Plescia 11
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 11
Dennis Hollingsworth 8
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 8
Jay La Suer 7
Audra Strickland 7
Richard Ackerman 4
Roger Niello 4
Ray Haynes, Jr. 0
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 0

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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