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State Office Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa Republican 19%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock Republican 6%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy Republican 25%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu Democratic 100%
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 89%
CA State Senate - 34 Thomas Umberg Democratic 100%
CA Supervisor - 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100%
CA Supervisor - 3 Wilma Chan 100%
CA Supervisor - 3 Sheila Kuehl 97%
CA Supervisor - 5 Joe Simitian No Party Affiliation 94%
CA Council Member - 1 Gilbert Cedillo 94%
CA Council Member - 5 Paul Koretz 100%
CA Council Member - At-Large Alan Nakanishi 25%
CA Mayor Pro Tempore - At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100%
Samuel Aanestad 8%
Richard Ackerman 11%
Gregory Aghazarian 28%
Richard Alarcón 97%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Juan Arambula 86%
Roy Ashburn 11%
James Battin 14%
John Benoit 25%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 100%
Sam Blakeslee 39%
Russell Bogh 28%
Debra Bowen 94%
Ron Calderon 100%
John Campbell III 8%
Joseph Canciamilla 72%
Edward Chavez 100%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
David Cogdill 25%
Rebecca Cohn 94%
Joe Coto 100%
Dave Cox 17%
Lynn Daucher 31%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Jeff Denham 36%
Charles DeVore 22%
Denise Ducheny 94%
Joe Dunn 100%
Robert Dutton 12%
Mervyn Dymally 97%
Bill Emmerson 22%
Martha Escutia 94%
Noreen Evans 100%
Liz Figueroa 94%
Dean Florez 89%
Dario Frommer 97%
Bonnie Garcia 58%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
Loni Hancock 100%
Tom Harman 25%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 11%
Dennis Hollingsworth 0%
Jerome Horton 94%
Shirley Horton 58%
Guy Houston 25%
Robert Huff 28%
Dave Jones 97%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 31%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
John Laird 100%
Jay La Suer 22%
Mark Leno 100%
Robert Leslie 19%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
Carol Liu 100%
Michael Machado 72%
Abel Maldonado 56%
Bob Margett 24%
Barbara Matthews 83%
Bill Maze 14%
Carole Migden 97%
Cindy Montañez 100%
William Phillip Morrow 11%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 11%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Kevin Murray 57%
Joseph Nation 94%
Pedro Nava 100%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 94%
Roger Niello 25%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Jenny Oropeza 89%
Deborah Ortiz 92%
Nicole Parra 83%
Fran Pavley 100%
Don Perata 94%
George Plescia 25%
Charles Poochigian 17%
Keith Stuart Richman 44%
State Office Name Party Rating
CA U.S. House - 1 Doug LaMalfa R 19%
CA U.S. House - 4 Tom McClintock R 6%
CA U.S. House - 14 Jackie Speier D 86%
CA U.S. House - 23 Kevin McCarthy R 25%
CA U.S. House - 27 Judy Chu D 100%
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 89%
CA State Senate - 34 Thomas Umberg D 100%
CA Supervisor - 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 100%
CA Supervisor - 3 Wilma Chan 100%
CA Supervisor - 3 Sheila Kuehl 97%
CA Supervisor - 5 Joe Simitian N/A 94%
CA Council Member - 1 Gilbert Cedillo 94%
CA Council Member - 5 Paul Koretz 100%
CA Council Member - At-Large Alan Nakanishi 25%
CA Mayor Pro Tempore - At-Large Joe Baca, Jr. 100%
Samuel Aanestad 8%
Richard Ackerman 11%
Gregory Aghazarian 28%
Richard Alarcón 97%
Elaine Alquist 100%
Juan Arambula 86%
Roy Ashburn 11%
James Battin 14%
John Benoit 25%
Patty Berg 100%
Rudy Bermúdez 100%
Sam Blakeslee 39%
Russell Bogh 28%
Debra Bowen 94%
Ron Calderon 100%
John Campbell III 8%
Joseph Canciamilla 72%
Edward Chavez 100%
Wesley Chesbro 100%
David Cogdill 25%
Rebecca Cohn 94%
Joe Coto 100%
Dave Cox 17%
Lynn Daucher 31%
Hector De La Torre 100%
Jeff Denham 36%
Charles DeVore 22%
Denise Ducheny 94%
Joe Dunn 100%
Robert Dutton 12%
Mervyn Dymally 97%
Bill Emmerson 22%
Martha Escutia 94%
Noreen Evans 100%
Liz Figueroa 94%
Dean Florez 89%
Dario Frommer 97%
Bonnie Garcia 58%
Jackie Goldberg 100%
Loni Hancock 100%
Tom Harman 25%
Ray Haynes, Jr. 11%
Dennis Hollingsworth 0%
Jerome Horton 94%
Shirley Horton 58%
Guy Houston 25%
Robert Huff 28%
Dave Jones 97%
Betty Karnette 100%
Richard Keene 31%
Christine Kehoe 100%
Johan Klehs 100%
John Laird 100%
Jay La Suer 22%
Mark Leno 100%
Robert Leslie 19%
Lloyd Levine 100%
Sally Lieber 100%
Carol Liu 100%
Michael Machado 72%
Abel Maldonado 56%
Bob Margett 24%
Barbara Matthews 83%
Bill Maze 14%
Carole Migden 97%
Cindy Montañez 100%
William Phillip Morrow 11%
Dennis Lee Mountjoy 11%
Eugene Mullin 100%
Kevin Murray 57%
Joseph Nation 94%
Pedro Nava 100%
Gloria Negrete McLeod 94%
Roger Niello 25%
Fabian Núñez 100%
Jenny Oropeza 89%
Deborah Ortiz 92%
Nicole Parra 83%
Fran Pavley 100%
Don Perata 94%
George Plescia 25%
Charles Poochigian 17%
Keith Stuart Richman 44%
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