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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Race Forward

2009 Overall Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 96%
Joe Coto 96%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 96%
Paul Fong 96%
Hector De La Torre 93%
Tom Ammiano 91%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 91%
Mike Eng 91%
CA State Senate 22 Ed Hernandez Democratic 91%
Sandré Swanson 91%
CA U.S. House 35 Norma Torres Democratic 91%
Manuel Pérez 88%
Jose Solorio 88%
Juan Arambula 86%
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 86%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield 86%
Amina Carter 86%
Wesley Chesbro 86%
Mike Feuer 86%
Warren Furutani 86%
Mary Hayashi 86%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 86%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 86%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 86%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 86%
Bonnie Lowenthal 86%
CA State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 86%
John Pérez 86%
Ira Ruskin 86%
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 86%
Nancy Skinner 86%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 86%
Alberto Torrico 86%
Mariko Yamada 86%
Ellen Corbett 84%
Pedro Nava 84%
Darrell Steinberg 84%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 83%
CA State Senate 35 Isadore Hall III Democratic 83%
Christine Kehoe 83%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 83%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 83%
Patricia Wiggins 83%
Anna Caballero 79%
Mike Davis 79%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 79%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 79%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 79%
Lori Saldaña 79%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 79%
Leland Yee 79%
Elaine Alquist 76%
Ron Calderon 76%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 76%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 76%
Gloria Romero 76%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 75%
Joan Buchanan 75%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 72%
Charles Calderon 71%
Noreen Evans 71%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 68%
Denise Ducheny 68%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 68%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 68%
Dean Florez 65%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 65%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 65%
Alyson Huber 60%
Lou Correa 54%
Roderick Wright 49%
Jenny Oropeza 43%
Bill Emmerson 41%
Tony Strickland 40%
Anthony Adams 38%
Mike Villines 38%
Abel Maldonado 36%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 35%
Bill Berryhill 34%
Connie Conway 34%
Nathan Fletcher 34%
Danny Gilmore 34%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 34%
Roger Niello 34%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 34%
Van Tran 34%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 30%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 30%
Sam Blakeslee 30%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 30%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 30%
Martin Garrick 30%
CA State Board of Equalization Diane Harkey Republican 30%
CA U.S. House 25 Steve Knight Republican 30%
Dan Logue 30%
Brian Nestande 30%
Jim Silva 30%
Audra Strickland 30%
Dave Cox 29%
Steven Bradford 26%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 26%
Charles DeVore 26%
CA Supervisor 4 Curt Hagman 26%
Jeff Miller 26%
Cameron Smyth 26%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 25%
Samuel Aanestad 22%
Roy Ashburn 22%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 22%
Tom Harman 22%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 22%
Mark Wyland 22%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 18%
Robert Dutton 18%
Dennis Hollingsworth 18%
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 18%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 18%
Michael Duvall 8%

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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