Legislative Rankings for Budget Session 2012


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

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

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