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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Equality California

2007 Positions on LGBT Rights

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
CA U.S. House 26 Julia Brownley Democratic 100
CA State Assembly 30 Anna Caballero Democratic 100
CA Council Member 1 Gilbert Cedillo 100
Ellen Corbett 100
Joe Coto 100
Hector De La Torre 100
CA State Senate 24 Kevin de Leon Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 11 Mark DeSaulnier Democratic 100
Denise Ducheny 100
Mervyn Dymally 100
Mike Eng 100
Noreen Evans 100
Mike Feuer 100
CA Council Member 7 Felipe Fuentes 100
Loni Hancock 100
Mary Hayashi 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
CA Council Member 2 Paul Krekorian 100
CA Supervisor 3 Sheila Kuehl 100
John Laird 100
Mark Leno 100
Lloyd Levine 100
Sally Lieber 100
CA U.S. House 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
Fiona Ma 100
Tony Mendoza 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
Don Perata 100
CA State Senate 25 Anthony Portantino, Jr. Democratic 100
CA Council Member 9 Curren Price, Jr. 100
Laura Richardson 100
CA Supervisor 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 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
CA Council Member Ward 3 Jose Solorio 100
Nell Soto 100
CA Mayor At-Large Darrell Steinberg Democratic 100
Sandré Swanson 100
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Non-partisan 100
Alberto Torrico 100
Edward Vincent 100
Patricia Wiggins 100
Leland Yee 100
Juan Arambula 90
Ron Calderon 90
Mike Davis 90
Jenny Oropeza 90
Amina Carter 80
CA U.S. House 46 Lou Correa Democratic 80
Michael Machado 80
Charles Calderon 70
Dean Florez 70
Nicole Parra 70
CA State Senate 5 Cathleen Galgiani Democratic 60
Anthony Adams 20
Sam Blakeslee 20
Robert Huff 20
Abel Maldonado 20
Roger Niello 20
Samuel Aanestad 10
Richard Ackerman 10
Gregory Aghazarian 10
Roy Ashburn 10
James Battin 10
CA State Senate 8 Tom Berryhill Republican 10
David Cogdill 10
CA U.S. House 8 Paul Cook Republican 10
Dave Cox 10
Charles DeVore 10
Robert Dutton 10
Michael Duvall 10
CA State Senate 1 Ted Gaines Republican 10
Bonnie Garcia 10
Tom Harman 10
Shirley Horton 10
Guy Houston 10
CA Supervisor 1 Kevin Jeffries 10
Richard Keene 10
Bob Margett 10
Bill Maze 10
CA Council Member At-Large Alan Nakanishi 10
George Plescia 10
George Runner, Jr. 10
Jim Silva 10
Cameron Smyth 10
CA Supervisor 3 Todd Spitzer 10
Audra Strickland 10
Van Tran 10
CA U.S. House 45 Mimi Walters Republican 10
CA State Senate 38 Joel Anderson Republican 0
John Benoit 0
CA U.S. House 10 Jeff Denham Republican 0
Bill Emmerson 0
CA State Senate 16 Jean Fuller Republican 0
Martin Garrick 0
Dennis Hollingsworth 0
CA U.S. House 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 0
CA U.S. House 4 Tom McClintock Republican 0
Sharon Runner 0
Mike Villines 0
Mark Wyland 0

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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