ACLU California Action Releases 2021 Legislative Scorecard

ACLU California Action today released its annual Legislative Scorecard, providing a comprehensive rating of state lawmakers based on their votes during the 2020-2021 session across a range of civil rights and civil liberties issues.

The ACLU recognized eight legislators’ courage and leadership, designating them as Champions with a score of 100 percent. Another group of 27 legislators who were critical to enacting ACLU’s bold policy agenda earned the designation of Advocate, scoring between 90-99 percent.
ACLU California Action’s Civil Liberties Champions:

  • Steven Bradford – Gardena (SD 35)
  • Sydney Kamlager – Los Angeles (SD 30)
  • Nancy Skinner – Berkeley (SD 9)
  • Scott Wiener – San Francisco (SD 11)
  • David Chiu – San Francisco (AD 17)
  • Alex Lee – San Jose (AD 25)
  • Ash Kalra – San Jose (AD 27)
  • Mark Stone – Scotts Valley (AD 29)

“When legislators choose to stand with communities who’ve been denied justice, ACLU voters will stand with them,” said Carlos Marquez, Executive Director of ACLU California Action. “Because of the fearless leadership of our champions and support from our advocates, abusive police officers can finally be decertified and California is one step closer to ensuring racial justice for all and ending discriminatory loitering laws that target our most vulnerable trans women and women of color. As the new legislative session starts, we are focused on enlisting a growing number of legislators in the fight for justice.”

ACLU California Action scored on 113 bills in the Assembly and 114 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 2021 Legislative Scorecard can be viewed at