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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2007 Positions on Racial Justice

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 9
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 8
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 14
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 25
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 90
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 95
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 81
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 95
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 9
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 86
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 14
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 90
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 76
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 14
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 85
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 90
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 90
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 24
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 14
CA State Senate 22 Edward Hernandez Democratic 90
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 90
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 14
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 90
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 9
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 90
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 85
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 19
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas Democratic 91
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican 14
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 14
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 78
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo No Party Affiliation 96
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian No Party Affiliation 85
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 8
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes No Party Affiliation 85
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. No Party Affiliation 100
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 14
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 81
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 90
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 12
Samuel Aanestad 16
Richard Ackerman 12
Anthony Adams 19
Gregory Aghazarian 14
Elaine Alquist 86
Juan Arambula 81
Roy Ashburn 20
James Battin 13
Patty Berg 90
Sam Blakeslee 19
Anna Caballero 90
Charles Calderon 95
Ron Calderon 86
Amina Carter 95
Ellen Corbett 91
Lou Correa 70
Joe Coto 95
Dave Cox 16
Mike Davis 90
Hector De La Torre 90
Charles DeVore 14
Denise Ducheny 82
Robert Dutton 12
Michael Duvall 14
Mervyn Dymally 90
Bill Emmerson 14
Mike Eng 95
Noreen Evans 90
Mike Feuer 90
Dean Florez 78
Bonnie Garcia 24
Martin Garrick 9
Tom Harman 12
Mary Hayashi 90
Dennis Hollingsworth 8
Shirley Horton 24
Guy Houston 14
Betty Karnette 90
Richard Keene 19
Christine Kehoe 90
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 95
Lloyd Levine 95
Sally Lieber 95
Michael Machado 74
Abel Maldonado 33
Bob Margett 20
Bill Maze 14
Carole Migden 95
Eugene Mullin 85
Pedro Nava 81
Gloria Negrete McLeod 86
Roger Niello 14
Fabian Núñez 90
Jenny Oropeza 78
Nicole Parra 85
Don Perata 74
George Plescia 14
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 90
Gloria Romero 95
Ira Ruskin 90
Mary Salas 90
Lori Saldaña 90
Jack Scott 95
Jim Silva 24
Cameron Smyth 10
Jose Solorio 95
Nell Soto 90
Darrell Steinberg 88
Audra Strickland 0
Sandré Swanson 95
Alberto Torrico 90
Van Tran 24
Mike Villines 14
Edward Vincent 68
Patricia Wiggins 82
Mark Wyland 16
Leland Yee 90

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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