Legislative Rankings for Budget Session 2010


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

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

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