CalChamber Issues Vote Record on Major Business Bills 2016

The California Chamber of Commerce has released a report of California legislators’ floor votes for the second year of the 2015-16 legislative session, focusing on priority bills to the state’s business community.

View the 2016 Vote Record

This is the 42nd vote record the CalChamber has compiled. The CalChamber publishes this report in response to numerous requests by member firms and local chambers of commerce that would like a gauge by which to measure the performance of their legislators.

To help readers assess legislators’ vote records, the charts group bills into seven areas: education, environmental regulation, health care costs, labor and employment, legal reform and protection, water supply and quality, and workers’ compensation.

Partial Picture

No vote record can tell the entire story of a legislator’s attitude and actions on issues of importance to business. To fully evaluate your legislative representative, consult the legislative journals and examine your legislator’s votes in committee and on floor issues.

You can view these via links at

Many anti-business bills were rejected by legislators in policy or fiscal committees, thus stopping proposals before they reached the floor for a vote. The vote record does not capture these votes.

Most bills in this report cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies.

The CalChamber recognizes that there are many bills supported or opposed by business that are not included in this vote record and analysis.

A “Best Business Votes” section lists legislators according to the percentage of times they voted with the CalChamber position on the bills selected for the vote record.

This year, the vote record covers 17 votes in the Senate and 16 votes in the Assembly. Most bills in the vote record cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies.

For more details on how the vote record is compiled and descriptions of the bills included, Click here.

Best Business Votes

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80% or more with CalChamber

Anderson, Joel (R) 17-0
Bates, Pat (R) 17-0
Fuller, Jean (R) 17-0
Huff, Bob (R) 17-0
Moorlach, John M.W. (R) 17-0
Nguyen, Janet (R) 17-0
Stone, Jeff (R) 17-0
Vidak, Andy (R) 17-0

Berryhill, Tom (R) 16-0
Gaines, Ted (R) 16-0
Morrell, Mike (R) 16-0
Nielsen, Jim (R) 16-0

Cannella, Anthony (R) 16-1


60%-79% with CalChamber

Galgiani, Cathleen (D) 11-6
Glazer, Steve (D) 11-6

40%-59% with CalChamber

Roth, Richard (D) 9-8

Pan, Richard (D) 8-9

Less than 40% with CalChamber

McGuire, Mike (D) 6-11
Wieckowski, Bob (D) 6-11

Hueso, Ben (D) 5-10

Liu, Carol (D) 5-11

Allen, Ben (D) 5-12
Hernandez, Ed (D) 5-12
Lara, Ricardo (D) 5-12
Leyva, Connie (D) 5-12
Mendoza, Tony (D) 5-12
Wolk, Lois (D) 5-12

Hancock, Loni (D) 4-12

Beall, Jim (D) 4-13
Block, Marty (D) 4-13
de León, Kevin (D) 4-13
Hall, Isadore (D) 4-13
Hertzberg, Bob (D) 4-13
Hill, Jerry (D) 4-13
Jackson, Hannah-Beth (D) 4-13
Leno, Mark (D) 4-13
Mitchell, Holly J. (D) 4-13
Monning, Bill (D) 4-13
Pavley, Fran (D) 4-13

Senator Sharon Runner (R) absent due to illness for votes on March 31, May 26, June 2. Deceased July 14, 2016.


80% or more with CalChamber

Gaines, Beth (R) 16-0
Kim, Young (R) 16-0
Mathis, Devon (R) 16-0
Obernolte, Jay (R) 16-0
Patterson, Jim (R) 16-0

Bigelow, Frank (R) 15-0
Grove, Shannon (R) 15-0
Harper, Matthew (R) 15-0

Allen, Travis (R) 15-1
Brough, William P. (R) 15-1
Jones, Brian (R) 15-1
Mayes, Chad (R) 15-1
Wagner, Donald (R) 15-1

Chang, Ling Ling (R) 14-2
Chávez, Rocky (R) 14-2
Gallagher, James (R) 14-2

Melendez, Melissa (R) 13-2

Dahle, Brian (R) 13-3
Lackey, Tom (R) 13-3
Olsen, Kristin (R) 13-3
Steinorth, Marc (R) 13-3
Wilk, Scott (R) 13-3

60%-79% with CalChamber

Achadjian, Katcho (R) 12-4
Maienschein, Brian (R) 12-4
Waldron, Marie (R) 12-4

Daly, Tom (D) 11-5

Gray, Adam (D) 10-5

Baker, Catharine (R) 10-6
Frazier, Jim (D) 10-6
Hadley, David (R) 10-6

40%-59% with CalChamber

Cooper, Jim (D) 9-7
Linder, Eric (R) 9-7
Salas, Rudy (D) 9-7

Gipson, Mike (D) 8-8
O’Donnell, Patrick (D) 8-8

Brown, Cheryl (D) 7-9
Campos, Nora (D) 7-9

Less than 40% with CalChamber

Irwin, Jacqui (D) 6-9

Cooley, Ken (D) 6-10
Eggman, Susan Talamantes (D) 6-10

Arambula, Joaquin (D) 5-10
Levine, Marc (D) 5-10

Bloom, Richard (D) 5-11
Dodd, Bill (D) 5-11
López, Patty (D) 5-11
Ridley-Thomas, Sebastian (D) 5-11
Wood, Jim (D) 5-11

Hernández, Roger (D) 4-11
Medina, Jose (D) 4-11
Nazarian, Adrin (D) 4-11

Alejo, Luis (D) 4-12
Atkins, Toni (D) 4-12
Bonilla, Susan (D) 4-12
Bonta, Rob (D) 4-12
Burke, Autumn (D) 4-12
Calderon, Ian (D) 4-12
Chau, Ed (D) 4-12
Chiu, David (D) 4-12
Chu, Kansen (D) 4-12
Dababneh, Matt (D) 4-12
Garcia, Cristina (D) 4-12
Garcia, Eduardo (D) 4-12
Gatto, Mike (D) 4-12
Gomez, Jimmy (D) 4-12
Gonzalez, Lorena (D) 4-12
Gordon, Rich (D) 4-12
Holden, Chris (D) 4-12
Jones-Sawyer, Reggie (D) 4-12
Low, Evan (D) 4-12
Mullin, Kevin (D) 4-12
Quirk, Bill (D) 4-12
Rendon, Anthony (D) 4-12
Rodriguez, Freddie (D) 4-12
Santiago, Miguel (D) 4-12
Stone, Mark (D) 4-12
Ting, Phil (D) 4-12
Weber, Shirley (D) 4-12
Williams, Das (D) 4-12
Thurmond, Tony (D) 3-12
McCarty, Kevin (D) 2-12

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