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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 35%
CA U.S. House 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 46 Lou Correa Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 95%
CA U.S. House 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 79%
CA State Senate 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson Democratic 95%
CA State Senate 36 Pat Bates Republican 26%
CA Mayor At-Large Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor 3 Wilma Chan 95%
CA Supervisor 3 Sheila Kuehl 100%
CA Supervisor 5 Bruce McPherson 47%
CA Supervisor 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
CA Council Member 5 Paul Koretz 100%
CA Council Member 10 Herb Wesson, Jr. 95%
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100%
Richard Ackerman 24%
Richard Alarcón 100%
Deirdre Alpert 100%
James Battin 24%
Russell Bogh 37%
Debra Bowen 82%
James Brulte 29%
John Burton 94%
Ron Calderon 79%
John Campbell III 32%
Joseph Canciamilla 68%
Edward Chavez 89%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
David Cogdill 32%
Rebecca Cohn 79%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Dave Cox 37%
Lynn Daucher 37%
Manny Diaz 89%
Joe Dunn 100%
John Anthony Dutra 79%
Martha Escutia 100%
Liz Figueroa 100%
Marco Antonio Firebaugh 100%
Dario Frommer 100%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
Tom Harman 42%
Jerome Horton 68%
Ross Johnson 24%
Betty Karnette 94%
Christine Kehoe 95%
William Knight 18%
Jay La Suer 21%
Robert Leslie 26%
Carol Liu 95%
John Longville 100%
Michael Machado 76%
Ken Maddox 37%
Abel Maldonado 74%
Bob Margett 41%
Barbara Matthews 63%
William Phillip Morrow 29%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 16%
Kevin Murray 76%
George Nakano 89%
Joseph Nation 89%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 84%
Thomas Oller 18%
Jenny Oropeza 100%
Deborah Ortiz 76%
Robert Pacheco 37%
Fran Pavley 95%
Don Perata 94%
Charles Poochigian 24%
Sarah Reyes 79%
Keith Stuart Richman 37%
Gloria Romero 94%
George Runner, Jr. 21%
Simón Salinas 95%
Jack Scott 100%
Byron Sher 94%
Nell Soto 100%
Tony Strickland 42%
John Vasconcellos 82%
Edward Vincent 29%
Patricia Wiggins 100%
Mark Wyland 37%

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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