Rating Group: California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)

2006 Positions on Public Interest Advocacy

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State Office Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 20
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 33
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 20
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 33 Ted Lieu Democratic 90
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal Democratic 100
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas Democratic 90
CA State Senate - 17 John Laird Democratic 100
CA State Senate - 34 Thomas Umberg Democratic 90
CA Supervisor - 3 Wilma Chan 100
CA Supervisor - 3 Sheila Kuehl 89
CA Supervisor - 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 100
CA Supervisor - At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA Council Member - 1 Gilbert Cedillo 67
CA Council Member - 5 Paul Koretz 80
CA Council Member - 10 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100
CA Council Member - At-Large Sally Lieber Democratic 100
CA Council Member Alan Nakanishi 10
Samuel Aanestad 33
Richard Ackerman 22
Gregory Aghazarian 20
Richard Alarcón 63
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 80
Roy Ashburn 33
James Battin 22
John Benoit 10
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 30
Russell Bogh 11
Debra Bowen 100
Ron Calderon 80
Joseph Canciamilla 70
Edward Chavez 80
Wesley Chesbro 89
David Cogdill 10
Rebecca Cohn 80
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 33
Lynn Daucher 50
Hector De La Torre 100
Jeff Denham 33
Charles DeVore 10
Denise Ducheny 89
Joe Dunn 88
Robert Dutton 33
Mervyn Dymally 90
Bill Emmerson 20
Martha Escutia 75
Noreen Evans 100
Liz Figueroa 89
Dean Florez 89
Dario Frommer 90
Bonnie Garcia 20
Jackie Goldberg 100
Loni Hancock 100
Tom Harman 25
Ray Haynes, Jr. 10
Dennis Hollingsworth 13
Jerome Horton 90
Shirley Horton 40
Guy Houston 20
Robert Huff 20
Dave Jones 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 20
Christine Kehoe 100
Johan Klehs 90
Jay La Suer 10
Mark Leno 100
Robert Leslie 20
Lloyd Levine 100
Carol Liu 100
Michael Machado 78
Abel Maldonado 33
Bob Margett 22
Barbara Matthews 70
Bill Maze 30
Carole Migden 88
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 22
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 20
Eugene Mullin 90
Kevin Murray 88
Joseph Nation 89
Pedro Nava 100
Gloria Negrete McLeod 70
Roger Niello 10
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
Deborah Ortiz 100
Nicole Parra 70
Fran Pavley 100
Don Perata 100
George Plescia 20
Charles Poochigian 25
Keith Stuart Richman 11
State Office Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa R 20
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 33
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 100
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 20
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 100
CA U.S. House - 33 Ted Lieu D 90
CA U.S. House - 37 Karen Bass D 100
CA U.S. House - 47 Alan Lowenthal D 100
CA U.S. House - 51 Juan Vargas D 90
CA State Senate - 17 John Laird D 100
CA State Senate - 34 Thomas Umberg D 90
CA Supervisor - 3 Wilma Chan 100
CA Supervisor - 3 Sheila Kuehl 89
CA Supervisor - 5 Joe Simitian N/A 100
CA Supervisor - At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100
CA Council Member - 1 Gilbert Cedillo 67
CA Council Member - 5 Paul Koretz 80
CA Council Member - 10 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100
CA Council Member - At-Large Sally Lieber D 100
CA Council Member Alan Nakanishi 10
Samuel Aanestad 33
Richard Ackerman 22
Gregory Aghazarian 20
Richard Alarcón 63
Elaine Alquist 100
Juan Arambula 80
Roy Ashburn 33
James Battin 22
John Benoit 10
Patty Berg 100
Rudy Bermúdez 100
Sam Blakeslee 30
Russell Bogh 11
Debra Bowen 100
Ron Calderon 80
Joseph Canciamilla 70
Edward Chavez 80
Wesley Chesbro 89
David Cogdill 10
Rebecca Cohn 80
Joe Coto 100
Dave Cox 33
Lynn Daucher 50
Hector De La Torre 100
Jeff Denham 33
Charles DeVore 10
Denise Ducheny 89
Joe Dunn 88
Robert Dutton 33
Mervyn Dymally 90
Bill Emmerson 20
Martha Escutia 75
Noreen Evans 100
Liz Figueroa 89
Dean Florez 89
Dario Frommer 90
Bonnie Garcia 20
Jackie Goldberg 100
Loni Hancock 100
Tom Harman 25
Ray Haynes, Jr. 10
Dennis Hollingsworth 13
Jerome Horton 90
Shirley Horton 40
Guy Houston 20
Robert Huff 20
Dave Jones 100
Betty Karnette 100
Richard Keene 20
Christine Kehoe 100
Johan Klehs 90
Jay La Suer 10
Mark Leno 100
Robert Leslie 20
Lloyd Levine 100
Carol Liu 100
Michael Machado 78
Abel Maldonado 33
Bob Margett 22
Barbara Matthews 70
Bill Maze 30
Carole Migden 88
Cindy Montañez 100
William Phillip Morrow 22
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 20
Eugene Mullin 90
Kevin Murray 88
Joseph Nation 89
Pedro Nava 100
Gloria Negrete McLeod 70
Roger Niello 10
Fabian Núñez 100
Jenny Oropeza 100
Deborah Ortiz 100
Nicole Parra 70
Fran Pavley 100
Don Perata 100
George Plescia 20
Charles Poochigian 25
Keith Stuart Richman 11
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