Legislative Rankings for General Session 2011


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 Gay - R
Rep Peasley - R
Sen Case - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Quarberg - R
Rep Davison - R
Rep Edmonds - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Jaggi - R
Rep Kroeker - R
Rep McKim - R
Rep Semlek - R
Rep Shepperson - R
Rep Teeters - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Meier - R
Rep Blikre - R
Rep Bonner - R
Rep Botten - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Buchanan - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Campbell - R
Rep Cannady - R
Rep Childers - R
Rep Gingery - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Greene - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Harvey - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Kasperik - R
Rep Krone - R
Rep Lockhart - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep Lubnau - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep McOmie - R
Rep Moniz - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Pederson - R
Rep Petersen - R
Rep Steward - R
Rep Stubson - R
Rep Vranish - R
Rep Wallis - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dv - R
Sen Barnard - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Cooper - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Emerich - R
Sen Geis - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Hines - R
Sen Jennings - R
Sen Johnson - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Nicholas-P - R
Sen Nutting - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Peterson - R
Sen Ross - R
Sen Schiffer - R
Sen Scott - R
Rep Berger - R
Rep Illoway - R
Rep Patton - R
Rep Petroff - R
Sen Christensen - R
Sen VonFlatern - R

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

Often Average Infrequently
Rep Botten - R
Rep Brechtel - R
Rep Buchanan - R
Rep Childers - R
Rep Davison - R
Rep Edmonds - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Gay - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Greene - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Jaggi - R
Rep Kroeker - R
Rep Lockhart - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep Lubnau - R
Rep McKim - R
Rep McOmie - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Peasley - R
Rep Pederson - R
Rep Petersen - R
Rep Quarberg - R
Rep Semlek - R
Rep Shepperson - R
Rep Stubson - R
Rep Teeters - R
Sen Cooper - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Jennings - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Nutting - R
Sen Peterson - R
Rep Berger - R
Rep Blikre - R
Rep Bonner - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Campbell - R
Rep Cannady - R
Rep Gingery - R
Rep Harvey - R
Rep Illoway - R
Rep Kasperik - R
Rep Krone - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep Moniz - R
Rep Patton - R
Rep Petroff - R
Rep Vranish - R
Rep Wallis - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dv - R
Sen Barnard - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Geis - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Johnson - R
Sen Perkins - R
Rep Steward - R
Sen Christensen - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Emerich - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Nicholas-P - R
Sen Ross - R
Sen VonFlatern - R
Sen Hines - R
Sen Schiffer - R
Sen Scott - 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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