Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)

2003 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 21%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 9%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 91%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 36%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 46 Lou Correa Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100%
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 100%
CA State Senate - 17 John Laird Democratic 100%
CA State Senate - 36 Pat Bates Republican 36%
CA Mayor - At-Large Darrell Steinberg Democratic 93%
CA Supervisor - 3 Wilma Chan 93%
CA Supervisor - 3 Sheila Kuehl 100%
CA Supervisor - 5 Bruce McPherson 45%
CA Supervisor - 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100%
CA Council Member - 1 Gilbert Cedillo 100%
CA Council Member - 5 Paul Koretz 100%
CA Council Member - 10 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100%
CA Council Member - At-Large Sally Lieber Democratic 100%
CA Council Member Alan Nakanishi 29%
Samuel Aanestad 45%
Richard Ackerman 9%
Gregory Aghazarian 36%
Richard Alarcón 100%
Deirdre Alpert 91%
Roy Ashburn 18%
James Battin 9%
John Benoit 29%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 86%
Russell Bogh 29%
Debra Bowen 91%
James Brulte 9%
John Burton 100%
Ron Calderon 93%
John Campbell III 29%
Joseph Canciamilla 79%
Edward Chavez 86%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
David Cogdill 29%
Rebecca Cohn 93%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Dave Cox 21%
Lynn Daucher 36%
Jeff Denham 27%
Manny Diaz 86%
Denise Ducheny 100%
Joe Dunn 64%
John Anthony Dutra 86%
Robert Dutton 21%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Martha Escutia 91%
Liz Figueroa 82%
Dean Florez 91%
Dario Frommer 93%
Bonnie Garcia 43%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
Loni Hancock 100%
Tom Harman 36%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 14%
Dennis Hollingsworth 9%
Jerome Horton 79%
Shirley Horton 50%
Guy Houston 29%
Hannah-Beth Jackson 100%
Ross Johnson 9%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 36%
Christine Kehoe 100%
William Knight 9%
Jay La Suer 14%
Mark Leno 100%
Robert Leslie 29%
Lloyd Levine 86%
Carol Liu 93%
John Longville 93%
Michael Machado 73%
Ken Maddox 43%
Abel Maldonado 50%
Bob Margett 18%
Barbara Matthews 79%
Bill Maze 29%
Cindy Montañez 100%
William Phillip Morrow 9%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 14%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Kevin Murray 100%
George Nakano 93%
Joseph Nation 86%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 86%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Thomas Oller 9%
Jenny Oropeza 86%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Robert Pacheco 29%
Nicole Parra 93%
Fran Pavley 100%
Don Perata 100%
George Plescia 36%
Charles Poochigian 18%
State Office Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa R 21%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 9%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 91%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 36%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 100%
CA U.S. House - 46 Lou Correa D 100%
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal D 100%
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas D 100%
CA State Senate - 17 John Laird D 100%
CA State Senate - 36 Pat Bates R 36%
CA Mayor - At-Large Darrell Steinberg D 93%
CA Supervisor - 3 Wilma Chan 93%
CA Supervisor - 3 Sheila Kuehl 100%
CA Supervisor - 5 Bruce McPherson 45%
CA Supervisor - 5 Joe Simitian N/A 100%
CA Council Member - 1 Gilbert Cedillo 100%
CA Council Member - 5 Paul Koretz 100%
CA Council Member - 10 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100%
CA Council Member - At-Large Sally Lieber D 100%
CA Council Member Alan Nakanishi 29%
Samuel Aanestad 45%
Richard Ackerman 9%
Gregory Aghazarian 36%
Richard Alarcón 100%
Deirdre Alpert 91%
Roy Ashburn 18%
James Battin 9%
John Benoit 29%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 86%
Russell Bogh 29%
Debra Bowen 91%
James Brulte 9%
John Burton 100%
Ron Calderon 93%
John Campbell III 29%
Joseph Canciamilla 79%
Edward Chavez 86%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
David Cogdill 29%
Rebecca Cohn 93%
Ellen Corbett 100%
Dave Cox 21%
Lynn Daucher 36%
Jeff Denham 27%
Manny Diaz 86%
Denise Ducheny 100%
Joe Dunn 64%
John Anthony Dutra 86%
Robert Dutton 21%
Mervyn Dymally 100%
Martha Escutia 91%
Liz Figueroa 82%
Dean Florez 91%
Dario Frommer 93%
Bonnie Garcia 43%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
Loni Hancock 100%
Tom Harman 36%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 14%
Dennis Hollingsworth 9%
Jerome Horton 79%
Shirley Horton 50%
Guy Houston 29%
Hannah-Beth Jackson 100%
Ross Johnson 9%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 36%
Christine Kehoe 100%
William Knight 9%
Jay La Suer 14%
Mark Leno 100%
Robert Leslie 29%
Lloyd Levine 86%
Carol Liu 93%
John Longville 93%
Michael Machado 73%
Ken Maddox 43%
Abel Maldonado 50%
Bob Margett 18%
Barbara Matthews 79%
Bill Maze 29%
Cindy Montañez 100%
William Phillip Morrow 9%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 14%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Kevin Murray 100%
George Nakano 93%
Joseph Nation 86%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 86%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Thomas Oller 9%
Jenny Oropeza 86%
Deborah Ortiz 100%
Robert Pacheco 29%
Nicole Parra 93%
Fran Pavley 100%
Don Perata 100%
George Plescia 36%
Charles Poochigian 18%
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