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No Surprises: California’s Elected Lawmakers Trending Much More Progressive in 50 State Analysis

Only 17 California Republican lawmakers earned awards from CPAC for earning conservative ratings of 80% and above

By Katy Grimes, November 29, 2022 2:35 am

The the Center for Legislative Accountability has just released its annual California Lawmaker Scorecard, and as a surprise to no one, California’s elected lawmakers’ ranking has lowered the state 3 spots in a new 50 state analysis.

The California Lawmaker Scorecard, a project of CPAC Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation, analyzes all 7,400 state lawmakers across the country.  The California legislature earned a failing grade for its conservative rating (or lack thereof) – a mere 24% (dropping the state from the #44 to the #47 spot in the rankings).

CLS reports that California trails only Rhode Island (20%), Hawaii (19%) and Massachusetts (15%) as most liberal in America. “This past election is likely to only worsen the plunge due to the projected flip of Republican seats to Democrat in the state Assembly.”

California’s top rated three conservatives are Assemblyman (and Congressman-elect) Kevin Kiley (R-Granite Bay), Sen. Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals).

“The Lawmaker Scorecard conservative rating is calculated on individual lawmaker voting across 186 policy areas ranging from cultural and life issues to tax, fiscal, and regulatory policies,” the CLA says. “Each year the CLA tallies over 320,000 votes to generate the scores and 50 state rankings. Only 17 California Republican lawmakers earned awards from CPAC for earning conservative ratings of 80% and above. However, an astounding 72 lawmakers earned CPAC’s “Coalition of the Radical Left” award for conservative ratings of 10% or below.”

The weakest issues for state lawmakers are:

  • Taxes, Budget and Spending
  • Health Care
  • Welfare and Poverty
  • Education
  • Government Integrity and Transparency

Some of the legislation the Lawmaker Scorecard was based on includes:


Coalition of the Radical Left

Here is the California Lawmaker Scorecard “Coalition of the Radical Left” Award for California Assembly members and Senators (Conservative Ratings of 10% and Below):

Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (9%)Assemblyman Evan Low (9%)Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez (9%)

Assemblywoman Lisa Calderon (8%)Assemblyman Mike Gipson (8%)Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (8%)Assemblyman Bill Quirk (8%)Assemblyman James Ramos (8%)

Sen. Anna Caballero (7%)Sen. Dave Min (7%)Sen. Susan Rubio (7%)

Assemblyman Bob Archuleta (6%)Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (6%)Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath (6%)Sen. Steven Bradford (6%)Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (6%)Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes (6%)Assemblyman Ed Chau (6%)Sen. Dave Cortese (6%)Sen. María Elena Durazo (6%)Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (6%)Sen. Ben Hueso (6%)Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (6%)Assemblyman Jose Medina (6%)Sen. Richard Pan (6%)Sen. Richard Roth (6%)Sen. Thomas Umberg (6%)

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (5%)

Senate Pres. pro Tem Toni Atkins (4%)

Assemblyman Marc Berman (4%)

Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (4%)

Assemblyman David Chiu (4%)

Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel (4%)

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (4%)

Sen. Lena Gonzalez (4%)

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (4%)

Sen. Robert Hertzberg (4%)Assemblyman Chris Holden (4%)Assemblyman Ash Kalra (4%)

Assemblyman Alex Lee (4%)Assemblyman Marc Levine (4%)Sen. Connie Leyva (4%)Sen. Mike McGuire (4%)Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (4%)Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (4%)Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (4%)Sen. Josh Newman (4%)Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes (4%)Assemblyman Robert Rivas (4%)Sen. Nancy Skinner (4%)Assemblyman Philip Ting (4%)Assemblyman Christopher Ward (4%)Assemblywoman Akilah Weber (4%)Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (4%)Sen. Bob Wieckowski (4%)Sen. Scott Wiener (4%)Assemblyman Jim Wood (4%)

Sen. Benjamin Allen (2%)Assemblyman Josh Becker (2%)Assemblyman Steve Bennett (2%)Assemblyman Richard Bloom (2%)Assemblyman Isaac Bryan (2%)Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (2%)Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer (2%)Sen. Sydney Kamlager (2%)Sen. John Laird (2%)Sen. Monique Limón (2%)Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (2%)Sen. Anthony Portantino (2%)Assemblyman Luz Rivas (2%)Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (2%)Assemblyman Mark Stone (2%)

You can read the entire report Here: CALIFORNIA SCORECARD

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7 thoughts on “No Surprises: California’s Elected Lawmakers Trending Much More Progressive in 50 State Analysis

  1. Sadly, the LOWEST graded are responsible for the MAJORITY of the proposed legislation…

    It’s almost like their psychosis compels them to control…

  2. And I wish this had been released PRIOR to the recent midterms,which would have exposed Assemblycritters Irwin and Bennett as the leftists that they truly are in the 805, not the “moderates” that they lie to their constituents about in their campaign mailers…

    Once again, the “conservatives” timing is off, and NOT HELPFUL to their cause…

    Those horses have already escaped the barn…

  3. As always, I blame all of this on California’s moron voters. The elected politicians listed in this survey are personally responsible for California having the highest fuel costs, the highest taxes, the most per capita poverty, the most homelessness, the most drug addicts, the worst roads and the worst performing schools in the nation.

    Unfortunately, all these destructive politicians need to do to get reelected is tell the moron voters “Republicans are Nazi’s” and “Orange man bad.” We rubber-stamp our misery election after election.

  4. Why is Kevin McCarthy on the list? He’s in the Federal government not State government. He’s pretty lukewarm in his conservatism, I admit, but I doubt the list when he’s at 2% for STATE assembly. What am I missing?

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