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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: PawPAC - California’s Political Action Committee for Animals

2001 Positions on Animal Protection

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican F
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic A
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic D
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic A+
CA U.S. House 29 Tony Cárdenas Democratic A
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic A+
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic A+
CA State Senate 18 Robert Hertzberg Democratic A
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic A+
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic A+
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic A+
CA State Senate 36 Pat Bates Republican B
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan No Party Affiliation A+
CA Supervisor 4 Dick Monteith F
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson B
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation A+
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo A+
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz A+
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill F
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan A
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic A+
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican D
Samuel Aanestad D
Richard Ackerman F
Richard Alarcón A
Deirdre Alpert A
Elaine Alquist A+
Dion Aroner A+
Roy Ashburn F
James Battin D
Russell Bogh D
Debra Bowen A+
Mike Briggs D
James Brulte D
John Burton A+
Thomas Calderon A+
Bill Campbell F
John Campbell III F
Joseph Canciamilla A+
Dennis Cardoza B
Edward Chavez A+
Wesley Chesbro A
Rebecca Cohn B
Ellen Corbett A+
Lou Correa B
Dave Cox C
Lynn Daucher D
Manny Diaz A
Richard Dickerson D
Joseph Dunn A
John Anthony Dutra A+
Martha Escutia A+
Liz Figueroa A+
Marco Antonio Firebaugh A+
Dean Florez B
Dario Frommer A
Jackie Goldberg A+
Tom Harman B
Sally Havice A+
Ray Haynes, Jr. F
Dennis Hollingsworth F
K. Maurice Johannessen D
Ross Johnson F
Betty Karnette A
Fred Keeley A+
Christine Kehoe A+
David Kelley C
William Knight F
Sheila Kuehl A+
Jay La Suer D
Lynne Leach C
Bill Leonard F
Robert Leslie F
John Longville A+
Michael Machado C
Ken Maddox B
Abel Maldonado B
Bob Margett D
Barbara Matthews B
Carole Migden A+
William Phillip Morrow F
Dennis Lee Mountjoy F
Kevin Murray A+
George Nakano A+
Joseph Nation A+
Gloria Negrete McLeod A+
Jack O'Connell A
Thomas Oller F
Jenny Oropeza A+
Deborah Ortiz A
Robert Pacheco B
Rod Pacheco F
Louis Papan A
Steve Peace B
Don Perata B
Anthony Pescetti D
Richard Polanco A
Charles Poochigian F
Sarah Reyes B
Keith Stuart Richman C
Gloria Romero A
Simón Salinas A+
Jack Scott A
Kevin Shelley A+
Byron Sher A+
Nell Soto A
Darrell Steinberg A+
Tony Strickland C
Virginia Strom-Martin A+
Helen Thomson A+
John Vasconcellos A+
Edward Vincent A
Carl Washington A+
Howard Wayne A+
Herb Wesson, Jr. A+
Patricia Wiggins A+
Roderick Wright B
Mark Wyland D
Phillip Wyman F
Charlene Zettel B

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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