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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Applied Research Center

2009 Overall Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 96%
Joe Coto 96%
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 96%
CA State Assembly 28 Paul Fong Democratic 96%
Hector De La Torre 93%
CA State Assembly 17 Tom Ammiano Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 91%
Mike Eng 91%
CA State Senate 24 Edward Hernandez Democratic 91%
Sandré Swanson 91%
CA State Senate 32 Norma Torres Democratic 91%
CA State Assembly 56 Manuel Pérez Democratic 88%
Jose Solorio 88%
Juan Arambula 86%
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 86%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield Democratic 86%
Amina Carter 86%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 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 Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 86%
CA State Assembly 70 Bonnie Lowenthal Democratic 86%
Fiona Ma 86%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 86%
CA State Assembly 53 John Pérez Democratic 86%
Ira Ruskin 86%
Mary Salas 86%
CA State Assembly 15 Nancy Skinner Democratic 86%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 86%
Alberto Torrico 86%
CA State Assembly 4 Mariko Yamada Democratic 86%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 84%
Pedro Nava 84%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 84%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes Democratic 83%
CA State Assembly 64 Isadore Hall III Democratic 83%
Christine Kehoe 83%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 83%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren 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%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 79%
Elaine Alquist 76%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 76%
Tony Mendoza 76%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 76%
Gloria Romero 76%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 75%
CA State Assembly 16 Joan Buchanan Democratic 75%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 72%
Charles Calderon 71%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 71%
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 68%
Denise Ducheny 68%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 68%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 68%
Dean Florez 65%
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 65%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 65%
Alyson Huber 60%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 54%
CA State Senate 35 Roderick Wright Democratic 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%
CA State Assembly 26 Connie Conway Republican 34%
Nathan Fletcher 34%
Danny Gilmore 34%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 34%
Roger Niello 34%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 34%
Van Tran 34%
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 30%
CA State Senate 14 Thomas Berryhill Republican 30%
Sam Blakeslee 30%
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 30%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 30%
Martin Garrick 30%
CA State Assembly 73 Diane Harkey Republican 30%
CA State Senate 21 Steve Knight Republican 30%
CA State Assembly 3 Dan Logue Republican 30%
CA State Assembly 42 Brian Nestande Republican 30%
Jim Silva 30%
Audra Strickland 30%
Dave Cox 29%
CA State Assembly 62 Steven Bradford Democratic 26%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 26%
Charles DeVore 26%
CA State Assembly 55 Curt Hagman Republican 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%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 22%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 18%
Robert Dutton 18%
Dennis Hollingsworth 18%
George Runner, Jr. 18%
CA State Senate 37 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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