Legislative Rankings for General Session 2009


Legislators are ranked on two criteria; the legislator's support for their party and the computed legislator's liberal/conservative leanings.

All ratings are computed from each legislator's entire voting record. All attempts to introduce bias have eliminated or minimized. See the calculation explanation for more information on the rating calculation.


Rankings


Republicans


Political Leaning

Very
Conservative
Conservative Moderate Liberal Very
Liberal
Rep Brechtel - R
Rep Buchanan - R
Rep Edmonds - R
Rep Landon - R
Rep Mercer - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Peasley - R
Rep Quarberg - R
Rep Semlek - R
Rep Shepperson - R
Rep Steward - R
Rep Teeters - R
Sen Anderson-JD - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Geis - R
Sen Hines - R
Sen Jennings - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Peterson - R
Sen Townsend - R
Rep Anderson-R - R
Rep Childers - R
Rep Cohee - R
Rep Hallinan - R
Rep Lockhart - R
Rep Lubnau - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep Philp - R
Rep Wallis - R
Sen Cooper - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Hunnicutt - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Nicholas-P - R
Rep Berger - R
Rep Bonner - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Illoway - R
Rep Jaggi - R
Rep Patton - R
Rep Stubson - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Johnson - R
Sen Larson - R
Sen Ross - R
Sen Schiffer - R
Sen Scott - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Cannady - R
Rep Davison - R
Rep Harvey - R
Rep McOmie - R
Rep Petersen - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dv - R
Sen VonFlatern - R
Rep Gingery - R
Rep McKim - R
Rep Moniz - R
Rep Pederson - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

Often Average Infrequently
Rep Anderson-R - R
Rep Brechtel - R
Rep Buchanan - R
Rep Childers - R
Rep Edmonds - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Landon - R
Rep Mercer - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Peasley - R
Rep Philp - R
Rep Semlek - R
Rep Shepperson - R
Rep Teeters - R
Rep Wallis - R
Sen Bebout - R
Rep Berger - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Cohee - R
Rep Davison - R
Rep Gingery - R
Rep Hallinan - R
Rep Illoway - R
Rep Jaggi - R
Rep Lockhart - R
Rep Lubnau - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep McKim - R
Rep Pederson - R
Rep Petersen - R
Rep Quarberg - R
Rep Stubson - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dv - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Geis - R
Sen Hines - R
Rep Bonner - R
Rep Cannady - R
Rep Harvey - R
Rep McOmie - R
Rep Moniz - R
Rep Patton - R
Rep Steward - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Sen Anderson-JD - R
Sen Cooper - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Hunnicutt - R
Sen Jennings - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Peterson - R
Sen Scott - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Townsend - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Johnson - R
Sen Larson - R
Sen Nicholas-P - R
Sen Ross - R
Sen Schiffer - R
Sen VonFlatern - R

Rating Calculation Explanation


Legislators are ranked on two criteria; legislator's liberal/conservative leanings, and the legislator's party support.

The data used is collected in the comparision of the legislators to the eay the majority of each party voted, and the the transparency data tabled from analyzing the voting record of each legislator fo the year.

View the data here: House Comparision Senate Comparision Transparency


Calculating the legislator party support

Each legislator's voting record for the year being ranked is analyzed to find the number of critical defections. A critical defection is when a legislator casts a vote against their party majority, and the party majority loses a vote.

The range of results from the ranking year is divided into five equal bins. The five bins are ordered by the number of critical defections from least to most.

This is done for each year from 2009 up to and including the year being ranked.

The range of results from all years is divided into five equal bins.

The legislator earns their rank by the bin their defection count falls in starting from the least defects and running to the highest distributed into categories from : Often, Average, Infrequently.


Calculating the legislator liberal/conservative leaning

Each legislator's voting record is measured against the majority of Republicans and the majority of Democrats to obtain the percentage of votes the legislator cast in agreement with the majority of Republicans and the majority of Democrats.

These percentages give each legislator two measurements, a Republican percentage, and Democrat percentage.

Once all the scores are computed, the Average Democrat from that year is calculated by averaging all Democrat percentages to obtain an average Republican and Democrat percentages among Democrats.

Each legislator's distance from the Average Democrat is then calculated using the pythagorean theorem.

Where:
rm is the legislator's Republican majority vote match percentage
dm is the legislator's Democrat majority vote match percentage
ad.rm is the average of all Democrat's Republican majority vote match percentage
ad.dm is the average of all Democrat's Democrat majority vote match percentage
distance to average democrat=(rmad.rm)2+(dmad.dm)2

This is done for each year from 2009 up to and including the year being ranked.

The range of distances from all years is divided into five equal bins.

The five bins are ordered by distance from the Average Democrat, running from farthest away to nearest.

The legislator earns their rank by the bin their distance for the year being measures falls in starting from the largest distance to the smallest distance and labeled respectively as Conservative, Conservative/Moderate, Moderate, Liberal/Moderate, Liberal.


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