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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Communities United Institute

2007 LGBTI Rights Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Elaine Alquist 100%
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100%
CA State Senate 15 Jim Beall, Jr. Democratic 100%
Patty Berg 100%
Anna Caballero 100%
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 100%
Joe Coto 100%
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Mike Eng 100%
Mike Feuer 100%
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 100%
CA State Senate 22 Ed Hernandez Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House 2 Jared Huffman Democratic 100%
Dave Jones 100%
Betty Karnette 100%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Sheila Kuehl 100%
John Laird 100%
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
Fiona Ma 100%
CA State Senate 32 Tony Mendoza Democratic 100%
Carole Migden 100%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Pedro Nava 100%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100%
Fabian Núñez 100%
CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Democratic 100%
Anthony Portantino, Jr. 100%
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 100%
Gloria Romero 100%
Ira Ruskin 100%
CA Mayor At-Large Mary Salas 100%
Lori Saldaña 100%
Jack Scott 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
Jose Solorio 100%
Sandré Swanson 100%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100%
Juan Arambula 97%
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 97%
Ron Calderon 97%
Mike Davis 97%
Hector De La Torre 97%
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 97%
Denise Ducheny 97%
Noreen Evans 97%
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 97%
Mary Hayashi 97%
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 97%
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 97%
Don Perata 97%
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 97%
Alberto Torrico 97%
Leland Yee 97%
Ellen Corbett 94%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 94%
Michael Machado 94%
Darrell Steinberg 94%
Patricia Wiggins 94%
Charles Calderon 92%
Amina Carter 92%
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 89%
Nicole Parra 89%
Jenny Oropeza 88%
Dean Florez 85%
Lou Correa 82%
Nell Soto 81%
Edward Vincent 79%
Audra Strickland 39%
James Battin 35%
George Runner, Jr. 35%
Sam Blakeslee 33%
Abel Maldonado 29%
Anthony Adams 28%
Bonnie Garcia 28%
Roger Niello 28%
Robert Dutton 24%
Tom Harman 24%
Bob Margett 24%
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 22%
Sharon Runner 22%
Samuel Aanestad 21%
Richard Ackerman 21%
Roy Ashburn 21%
David Cogdill 21%
Dave Cox 21%
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 19%
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 19%
Shirley Horton 19%
Guy Houston 19%
Cameron Smyth 19%
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 19%
Mark Wyland 18%
Gregory Aghazarian 17%
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 17%
Charles DeVore 17%
Michael Duvall 17%
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 17%
Richard Keene 17%
Bill Maze 17%
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 17%
George Plescia 17%
Jim Silva 17%
Van Tran 17%
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 15%
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 14%
Bill Emmerson 14%
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 14%
Martin Garrick 14%
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 14%
Mike Villines 14%
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 9%
Dennis Hollingsworth 6%

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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