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Special Interest Groups

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

2003 Positions on Animal Protection

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican F
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican F
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican F
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic A+
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican F
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic A
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic C
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic A-
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic C
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic A+
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic A
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic A
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican F
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic A
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic A-
CA State Senate 36 Pat Bates Republican F
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas A-
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan No Party Affiliation A
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer F
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit F
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson F
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 Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi F
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan A-
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic A-
Samuel Aanestad F
Richard Ackerman F
Gregory Aghazarian F
Richard Alarcón A+
Deirdre Alpert A
Roy Ashburn F
James Battin F
Patty Berg B
Rudy Bermúdez B
Russell Bogh F
Debra Bowen A+
James Brulte F
John Burton A
Ron Calderon B
John Campbell III F
Joseph Canciamilla C
Edward Chavez B
Wesley Chesbro B
Rebecca Cohn A-
Ellen Corbett B
Lou Correa C
Dave Cox F
Lynn Daucher D
Manny Diaz A-
Denise Ducheny A-
Joseph Dunn A+
John Anthony Dutra A-
Robert Dutton F
Mervyn Dymally A
Martha Escutia A+
Liz Figueroa A+
Dean Florez A-
Dario Frommer D
Bonnie Garcia F
Jackie Goldberg A-
Tom Harman F
Ray Haynes, Jr. F
Dennis Hollingsworth F
Shirley Horton F
Guy Houston F
Ross Johnson F
Betty Karnette A+
Richard Keene F
Christine Kehoe A
William Knight F
Sheila Kuehl A+
John Laird A
Jay La Suer F
Robert Leslie F
Lloyd Levine A
Sally Lieber A+
John Longville A
Michael Machado B
Ken Maddox D
Abel Maldonado D
Bob Margett F
Barbara Matthews D
Bill Maze F
Cindy Montañez A
William Phillip Morrow F
Dennis Lee Mountjoy F
Eugene Mullin A-
Kevin Murray A+
George Nakano A
Joseph Nation A
Gloria Negrete McLeod B
Fabian Núñez A
Thomas Oller F
Jenny Oropeza A-
Deborah Ortiz A+
Robert Pacheco F
Nicole Parra D
Don Perata A
George Plescia F
Charles Poochigian F
Sarah Reyes D
Keith Stuart Richman D
Gloria Romero A+
Simón Salinas A-
Steve Samuelian F
Jack Scott A
Byron Sher A+
Nell Soto A
Darrell Steinberg A
Tony Strickland F
John Vasconcellos A+
Edward Vincent A
Herb Wesson, Jr. A
Patricia Wiggins B
Mark Wyland F
Leland Yee 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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