NFIB Score Card: Legislative Votes on Small Business

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

The National Federation of Independent Business/California unveiled its annual voting record for our 120 Senators and Assemblymembers in the State Capitol. Each year, NFIB/CA identifies and lobbies on bills which would have the most significant impact, either positive or negative, on small businesses. Based on their vote on these critical pieces of legislation, each member of the Legislature receives a percentage indicating how often he or she voted to support small business.

Every legislator claims to be a friend of small business, but our voting record puts them to the test. We are pleased to see 13 Senators and 31 Assemblymembers voting for small business at least 70 percent of the time, but these numbers still only represent a minority of each chamber’s membership. It is especially alarming to see some members of the legislature only receiving 17 or 18 percent with NFIB, while having some of the highest unemployment rates in California in their districts. We urge those who are failing small business to reflect on our voting record and strive to support small business with their votes in 2017.

As for our 100% club and NFIB friends of small business, we applaud your efforts in the State Capitol to support small businesses. Together, we understand the only way to rebuild our economy and strengthen our communities starts with supporting small businesses and protecting them from additional taxes, mandates, and complex regulation.

NFIB assessed California legislators on 12 bills vital to the health of small business in California during the 2016 half of the 2015-16 legislative session. 29 legislators had impressive 100% scores; however 62 legislators failed small business this year with scores ranging from 27% to just 8%. The complete NFIB Voting Record with the bill numbers, description, and votes can be found here.

NFIB 100% Club
Senator Joel Anderson (38, Alpine) 100%
Senator Patricia Bates (36, Laguna Niguel) 100%
Senator Tom Berryhill (08, Modesto) 100%
Senator Anthony Cannella (12, Ceres) 100%
Senator Jean Fuller (16, Bakersfield) 100%
Senator Ted Gaines (01, El Dorado Hills) 100%
Senator Bob Huff (29, San Dimas) 100%
Senator John Moorlach (37, Costa Mesa) 100%
Senator Mike Morrell (23, Rancho Cucamonga) 100%
Senator Janet Nguyen (34, Garden Grove) 100%
Senator Jim Nielsen (04, Gerber) 100%
Senator Jeff Stone (28, Temecula) 100%
Senator Andy Vidak (14, Hanford) 100%
Assemblymember Travis Allen (72,Huntington Beach) 100%
Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (05, O’Neals) 100%
Assemblymember William Brough (73, Dana Point) 100%
Assemblymember Beth Gaines (06, El Dorado Hills) 100%
Assemblymember James Gallagher (03, Nicolaus) 100%
Assemblymember Shannon Grove (34, Bakersfield) 100%
Assemblymember Matthew Harper (74, Huntington Beach) 100%
Assemblymember Brian Jones (71, Santee) 100%
Assemblymember Young Kim (65, Fullerton) 100%
Assemblymember Tom Lackey (36 Palmdale) 100%
Assemblymember Devon Mathis (26, Visalia) 100%
Assemblymember Chad Mayes (42, Yucca Valley) 100%
Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (33, Big Bear Lake) 100%
Assemblymember Jim Patterson (23, Fresno) 100%
Assemblymember Donald Wagner (68, Irvine) 100%
Assemblymember Scott Wilk (38, San Clarita) 100%
NFIB Friends of Small Business
Assemblymember Rocky Chavez (76, Oceanside) 92%
Assemblymember Marc Steinorth (40, Rancho Cucamonga) 92%
Assemblymember Marie Waldron (75, Escondido) 92%
Assemblymember Ling-Ling Chang (55, Diamond Bar) 91%
Assemblymember Brian Dahle (01, Bieber) 91%
Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (35, San Luis Obispo) 83%
Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (67, Lake Elsinore) 83%
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (77, San Diego) 82%
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (12, Modesto) 82%
Assemblymember Tom Daly (69, Anaheim) 75%
Assemblymember David Hadley (66, Manhattan Beach) 73%
Assemblymember Rudy Salas (32, Bakersfield) 73%
Assemblymember Adam Gray (21, Merced) 71%
Assemblymember Catharine Baker (16, Dublin) 70%
Assemblymember Eric Linder (60, Corona) 70%
Needs Improvement
Assemblymember Jim Cooper (09, Elk Grove) 64%
Assemblymember Jim Frazier (11, Oakley) 64%
Senator Steven Glazer (07, Orinda) 55%
Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (47, San Bernardino) 50%
Assemblymember Nora Campos (27, San Jose) 45%
Assemblymember Ken Cooley (08, Rancho Cordova) 42%
Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh (45, Encino) 42%
Assemblymember Bill Dodd (04, Napa) 42%
Assemblymember Mike Gipson (64, Carson) 38%
Assemblymember Jose Medina (61, Riverside) 36%
Senator Richard Roth (31, Riverside) 33%
Assemblymember Chris Holden (41, Pasadena) 30%
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (44, Thousand Oaks) 30%
Failing Small Business
Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (31, Fresno) 27%
Assemblymember Ian Calderon (57, Whittier) 27%
Assemblymember Ed Chau (49, Arcadia) 27%
Assemblymember Kansen Chu (25, San Jose) 27%
Assemblymember Marc Levine (10, San Rafael) 27%
Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (54, Los Angeles) 27%
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriquez (52, Pomona) 27%
Assemblymember Shirley Weber (79, Santa Clarita) 27%
Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (14, Concord) 25%
Assemblymember Mike Gatto (43, Glendale) 25%
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (51, Los Angeles) 25%
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (13, Stockton) 22%
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (56, Coachella) 22%
Assemblymember Autumn Burke (62, Inglewood) 20%
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (58, Bell Gardens) 20%
Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (48, West Covina) 20%
Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (22, South San Francisco) 20%
Assemblymember Bill Quirk (20, Hayward) 20%
Senator Cathleen Galgiani (05, Stockton) 20%
Senator Ben Hueso (40, San Diego) 20%
Senator Richard Pan (06, Sacramento) 20%
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (50,Santa Monica) 18%
Assemblymember Rob Bonta (18, Alameda) 18%
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (80, San Diego) 18%
Assemblymember Richard Gordon (24, Menlo Park) 18%
Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (59, Los Angeles) 18%
Assemblymember Evan Low (28, Campbell) 18%
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (46, Sherman Oaks) 18%
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (53, Los Angeles) 18%
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (15, Richmond) 18%
Assemblymember Jim Wood (02, Healdsburg) 18%
Senator Ed Hernandez (22, Azusa) 18%
Senator Connie Leyva (20, Chino) 18%
Senator Mike McGuire (02, Healdsburg) 18%
Senator Holly Mitchell (30, Los Angeles) 18%
Assemblymember Toni Atkins (78, San Diego) 17%
Assemblymember David Chiu (17, San Francisco) 17%
Assemblymember Patty Lopez (39, San Fernando) 17%
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (61, Sacramento) 17%
Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (63, Lakewood) 17%
Assemblymember Mark Stone (29, Scotts Valley) 17%
Assemblymember Philip Ting (19, San Francisco) 17%
Senator Ben Allen (26, Santa Monica) 17%
Senator Jim Beall (15, San Jose) 17%
Senator Marty Block (39, San Diego) 17%
Senator Kevin De Leon (24, Los Angeles) 17%
Senator Isadore Hall (35, Compton) 17%
Senator Loni Hancock (09, Berkeley) 17%
Senator Robert Hertzberg (18, Van Nuys) 17%
Senator Jerry Hill (13, San Mateo) 17%
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (19, Santa Barbara) 17%
Senator Ricardo Lara (33, Bell Gardens) 17%
Senator Mark Leno (11, San Francisco) 17%
Senator Carol Liu (25, La Canada Flintridge) 17%
Senator Tony Mendoza (32, Artesia) 17%
Senator William Monning (17, Carmel) 17%
Senator Fran Pavley (27, Agoura Hills) 17%
Senator Bob Wieckowski (10, Fremont) 17%
Senator Lois Wolk (03, Davis) 17%
Assemblymember Luis Alejo (30, Watsonville) 13%
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (70, Long Beach) 13%
Assemblymember Das Williams (37, Santa Barbara) 8%

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