Legislative Rankings for General Session 2013


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 Gay - R
Rep Halverson - R
Rep Hutchings - R
Rep Kroeker - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Watt - R
Sen Case - R
Rep Baker - R
Rep Davison - R
Rep Jaggi - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep McKim - R
Rep Piiparinen - R
Rep Reeder - R
Rep Semlek - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Gingery - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Larsen - R
Rep Lockhart - R
Rep Lubnau - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Northrup - R
Rep Teeters - R
Rep Walters - R
Rep Winters - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Geis - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Perkins - R
Rep Barlow - R
Rep Berger - R
Rep Blevins - R
Rep Blikre - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Campbell - R
Rep Cannady - R
Rep Coleman - R
Rep Greene - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Harvey - R
Rep Kasperik - R
Rep Kirkbride - R
Rep Krone - R
Rep Moniz - R
Rep Patton - R
Rep Paxton - R
Rep Sommers - R
Rep Stubson - R
Rep Wallis - R
Rep Wilson - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dv - R
Sen Anderson-JD - R
Sen Anderson-JL - R
Sen Barnard - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Christensen - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Cooper - R
Sen Emerich - R
Sen Hines - R
Sen Johnson - 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

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

Often Average Infrequently
Rep Baker - R
Rep Berger - R
Rep Blevins - R
Rep Blikre - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Campbell - R
Rep Cannady - R
Rep Davison - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Gay - R
Rep Gingery - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Greene - R
Rep Halverson - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Harvey - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Hutchings - R
Rep Jaggi - R
Rep Kasperik - R
Rep Kirkbride - R
Rep Kroeker - R
Rep Krone - R
Rep Larsen - R
Rep Lockhart - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep Lubnau - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep McKim - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Moniz - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Northrup - R
Rep Paxton - R
Rep Petroff - R
Rep Piiparinen - R
Rep Reeder - R
Rep Semlek - R
Rep Sommers - R
Rep Stubson - R
Rep Teeters - R
Rep Wallis - R
Rep Walters - R
Rep Watt - R
Rep Wilson - R
Rep Winters - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dv - R
Sen Barnard - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Hines - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Nicholas-P - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Peterson - R
Sen Ross - R
Sen Scott - R
Rep Barlow - R
Rep Coleman - R
Rep Patton - R
Sen Anderson-JD - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Christensen - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Cooper - R
Sen Emerich - R
Sen Geis - R
Sen Johnson - R
Sen Anderson-JL - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Nutting - 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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