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ACLU California Action Releases Legislative Scorecard

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2021

ACLU California Action today released it annual Legislative Scorecard, providing a comprehensive rating of state lawmakers based on their votes during the 2019-2020 session across a range of civil rights and civil liberties issues.

The ACLU recognized 14 legislative Champions who received a 100 percent rating. Another group of 14 legislators earned the designation of Advocate, scoring between 90-99 percent.

ACLU California Action’s Civil Liberties Champions:

  • Steven Bradford – Gardena (SD 35)
  • Maria Elena Durazo – Los Angeles (SD 24)
  • Lena Gonzalez – Long Beach (SD 33)
  • Bob Hertzberg – Van Nuys (SD 18)
  • Connie Leyva – Chino (SD 20)
  • Holly Mitchell – Los Angeles (SD 30)*
  • Nancy Skinner – Berkeley (SD 9)
  • Scott Wiener – San Francisco (SD 11)
  • Rob Bonta – Alameda (AD 18)
  • Ash Kalra – San Jose (AD 27)
  • Sydney Kamlager – Los Angeles (AD 54)
  • Mark Stone – Scotts Valley (AD 29)
  • Shirley Weber – San Diego (AD 79)*
  • Buffy Wicks – Oakland (AD 15)

“As the Legislature begins to debate new policy and budget proposals for the 2021-2022 session, it is important that Californians know where their legislators stand on the key issues that matter to voters,” said Kevin Baker, Director of Legislative Affairs for the ACLU of California. “There is a wide range of viewpoints across political parties, and there are big differences between our civil liberties champions and other lawmakers. The public health crisis and economic challenges of the past year have heightened the disparities and tensions the Legislature must respond to. We need leaders who will continue to fight for racial justice and economic equity, and protect the civil rights and liberties of all Californians.”

ACLU California Action scored lawmakers on 188 bills in the Assembly and 173 bills in the Senate. The numbers vary as some bills were voted on in one house but did not receive a vote in the other house. ACLU California Action analyzes and monitors hundreds of legislative proposals each year across a wide variety of issues. We evaluate the impact on civil liberties and civil rights, and alert members of the legislature in advance when we support or oppose a bill, both in writing and by providing testimony in committee hearings.

The full 2020 Legislative Scorecard can be viewed at


*Holly Mitchell has been elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Shirley Weber is now Secretary of State.