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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Communities United Institute

2006 LGBTI Rights Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 0
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 4
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 0
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 97
CA U.S. House 37 Karen Bass Democratic 92
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 0
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 96
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100
CA State Senate 3 Lois Wolk Democratic 100
CA State Senate 9 Loni Hancock Democratic 100
CA State Senate 11 Mark Leno Democratic 100
CA State Senate 21 Sharon Runner Republican 0
CA State Senate 25 Carol Liu Democratic 97
CA State Senate 27 Fran Pavley Democratic 100
CA State Senate 29 Robert Huff Republican 0
CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Democratic 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan No Party Affiliation 97
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 8
CA Supervisor 4 John Benoit 0
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 96
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 95
CA Council Member 6 David Cogdill 0
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 3
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100
CA Mayor Pro Tempore At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA State Board of Equalization Jerome Horton Democratic 100
CA State Board of Equalization George Runner, Jr. Republican 7
Samuel Aanestad 0
Richard Ackerman 0
Gregory Aghazarian 0
Richard Alarcón 96
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 89
Roy Ashburn 0
James Battin 4
Patty Berg 97
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 3
Russell Bogh 0
Debra Bowen 96
Ron Calderon 95
Joseph Canciamilla 97
Edward Chavez 100
Wesley Chesbro 100
Rebecca Cohn 97
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 0
Lynn Daucher 5
Hector De La Torre 100
Charles DeVore 0
Denise Ducheny 93
Joseph Dunn 93
Robert Dutton 4
Mervyn Dymally 95
Bill Emmerson 3
Martha Escutia 96
Noreen Evans 100
Liz Figueroa 100
Dean Florez 64
Dario Frommer 97
Bonnie Garcia 32
Jackie Goldberg 97
Tom Harman 5
Ray Haynes, Jr. 0
Dennis Hollingsworth 0
Shirley Horton 16
Guy Houston 0
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 0
Christine Kehoe 96
Johan Klehs 97
Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
Jay La Suer 0
Robert Leslie 3
Lloyd Levine 97
Sally Lieber 100
Michael Machado 93
Abel Maldonado 4
Bob Margett 0
Barbara Matthews 100
Bill Maze 3
Carole Migden 96
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 7
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 3
Eugene Mullin 100
Kevin Murray 96
Joseph Nation 100
Pedro Nava 100
Gloria Negrete McLeod 100
Roger Niello 0
Fabian Núñez 97
Jenny Oropeza 97
Deborah Ortiz 96
Nicole Parra 89
Don Perata 89
George Plescia 3
Charles Poochigian 4
Keith Stuart Richman 32
Gloria Romero 100
Ira Ruskin 100
Lori Saldaña 100
Simón Salinas 100
Jack Scott 100
Nell Soto 96
Audra Strickland 0
Alberto Torrico 92
Van Tran 8
Thomas Umberg 95
Mike Villines 0
Edward Vincent 100
Mark Wyland 0
Leland Yee 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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