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

2006 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 D
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 33 Ted Lieu Democratic B
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic B
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican F
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic A
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic B-
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic B-
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic A+
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno 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 29 Robert Huff Republican F
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic A
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas B
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan Democratic A+
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer Republican F
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit F
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian Democratic 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 Mayor Pro Tempore At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. B-
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic C
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican F
Samuel Aanestad F
Richard Ackerman F
Gregory Aghazarian F
Richard Alarcón A+
Elaine Alquist A+
Juan Arambula C
Roy Ashburn F
James Battin F
Patty Berg C
Rudy Bermúdez A
Sam Blakeslee F
Russell Bogh F
Debra Bowen A
Ron Calderon C
Joseph Canciamilla C
Edward Chavez C
Wesley Chesbro A+
Rebecca Cohn B
Joe Coto B-
Dave Cox F
Lynn Daucher D
Hector De La Torre A
Charles DeVore F
Denise Ducheny B
Joseph Dunn A+
Robert Dutton F
Mervyn Dymally B
Bill Emmerson F
Martha Escutia A+
Noreen Evans B
Liz Figueroa A+
Dean Florez B
Dario Frommer B
Bonnie Garcia F
Jackie Goldberg A+
Tom Harman F
Ray Haynes, Jr. F
Dennis Hollingsworth F
Shirley Horton D
Guy Houston F
Betty Karnette B
Richard Keene F
Christine Kehoe A
Johan Klehs A
Sheila Kuehl A+
John Laird A+
Jay La Suer F
Robert Leslie F
Lloyd Levine A
Sally Lieber A
Michael Machado B
Abel Maldonado D
Bob Margett F
Barbara Matthews D
Bill Maze F
Carole Migden A
Cindy Montañez B-
William Phillip Morrow F
Dennis Lee Mountjoy F
Eugene Mullin A
Kevin Murray A
Joseph Nation A+
Pedro Nava A
Gloria Negrete McLeod C-
Roger Niello F
Fabian Núñez A
Jenny Oropeza A
Deborah Ortiz A
Nicole Parra D
Don Perata A
George Plescia F
Charles Poochigian F
Keith Stuart Richman D
Gloria Romero A
Ira Ruskin A+
Lori Saldaña A
Simón Salinas B-
Jack Scott A
Nell Soto A
Audra Strickland F
Alberto Torrico B-
Van Tran F
Thomas Umberg C-
Mike Villines F
Edward Vincent A
Mark Wyland F
Leland Yee A

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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