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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Applied Research Center

2009 Positions on Criminal Justice

State Office District Name Party Rating
Samuel Aanestad 33%
Anthony Adams 67%
Elaine Alquist 100%
CA State Assembly 17 Tom Ammiano Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 36 Joel Anderson Republican 33%
Juan Arambula 100%
Roy Ashburn 33%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 15 James Beall, Jr. Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 67%
Bill Berryhill 33%
CA State Senate 14 Tom Berryhill Republican 33%
Sam Blakeslee 33%
CA State Senate 39 Martin Block Democratic 67%
CA Council Member 3 Bob Blumenfield Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 62 Steven Bradford Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 16 Joan Buchanan Democratic 100%
Anna Caballero 67%
Charles Calderon 100%
CA State Senate 30 Ron Calderon Democratic 100%
Amina Carter 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 2 Wesley Chesbro Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill Republican 33%
CA State Assembly 26 Connie Conway Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 33%
CA State Senate 10 Ellen Corbett Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 34 Lou Correa Democratic 33%
Joe Coto 100%
Dave Cox 33%
Mike Davis 100%
Hector De La Torre 100%
CA State Senate 22 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 33%
CA State Senate 7 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100%
Charles DeVore 33%
Denise Ducheny 100%
Robert Dutton 33%
Michael Duvall 0%
Bill Emmerson 33%
Mike Eng 100%
CA State Senate 2 Noreen Evans Democratic 100%
Mike Feuer 100%
Nathan Fletcher 33%
Dean Florez 67%
CA State Assembly 28 Paul Fong Democratic 100%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 18 Jean Fuller Republican 33%
Warren Furutani 100%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 33%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 100%
Martin Garrick 33%
Danny Gilmore 33%
CA State Assembly 55 Curt Hagman Republican 33%
CA State Assembly 64 Isadore Hall III Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 73 Diane Harkey Republican 33%
Tom Harman 33%
Mary Hayashi 100%
CA State Senate 24 Edward Hernandez Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 13 Gerald Hill Democratic 100%
Dennis Hollingsworth 33%
Alyson Huber 67%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries Republican 33%
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
CA State Senate 21 Steve Knight Republican 33%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 28 Ted Lieu Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 3 Dan Logue Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 70 Bonnie Lowenthal Democratic 100%
Fiona Ma 100%
Abel Maldonado 67%
Tony Mendoza 33%
Jeff Miller 33%
CA State Senate 17 Bill Monning Democratic 100%
Pedro Nava 33%
CA U.S. House 35 Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 42 Brian Nestande Republican 33%
Roger Niello 67%
CA State Senate 4 Jim Nielsen Republican 33%
Jenny Oropeza 100%
CA State Senate 20 Alex Padilla Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 53 John Pérez Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 56 Manuel Pérez Democratic 100%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 100%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. Democratic 67%
Gloria Romero 100%
George Runner, Jr. 33%
Ira Ruskin 100%
Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Jim Silva 33%
CA Supervisor 5 Saren Simitian Democratic 100%
CA State Assembly 15 Nancy Skinner Democratic 100%
Cameron Smyth 33%
Jose Solorio 100%
CA State Senate 6 Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
Tony Strickland 33%
Audra Strickland 33%
Sandré Swanson 100%
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 32 Norma Torres Democratic 100%
Alberto Torrico 100%
Van Tran 67%
Mike Villines 33%
CA State Senate 37 Mimi Walters Republican 33%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 35 Roderick Wright Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 38 Mark Wyland Republican 33%
CA State Assembly 4 Mariko Yamada Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 8 Leland Yee Democratic 100%

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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