Legislative Rankings for Budget Session 2014


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

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

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