Legislative Rankings for Budget Session 2016


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 Baker - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Clem - R
Rep Edmonds - R
Rep Edwards - R
Rep Gay - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Halverson - R
Rep Jaggi - R
Rep Jennings - R
Rep Kroeker - R
Rep Laursen - R
Rep McKim - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Pownall - R
Rep Reeder - R
Rep Steinmetz - R
Rep Winters - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Perkins - R
Rep Allen - R
Rep Baldwin - R
Rep Blackburn - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Cannady - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Harvey - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Kasperik - R
Rep Kinner - R
Rep Larsen - R
Rep Lindholm - R
Rep Lockhart - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep Moniz - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Northrup - R
Rep Piiparinen - R
Rep Stubson - R
Rep Walters - R
Sen Anderson-JL - R
Sen Barnard - R
Sen Boner - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Christensen - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Cooper - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Emerich - R
Sen Geis - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Kinskey - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Nicholas-P - R
Sen Pappas - R
Sen Peterson - R
Sen Ross - R
Sen Scott - R
Sen Wasserburger - R
Rep Barlow - R
Rep Berger - R
Rep Campbell - R
Rep Kirkbride - R
Rep Krone - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep Paxton - R
Rep Petroff - R
Rep Sommers - R
Rep Wilson - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dv - R
Sen Johnson - R
Sen VonFlatern - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

Often Average Infrequently
Rep Baker - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Edwards - R
Rep Gay - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Jaggi - R
Rep Jennings - R
Rep Kroeker - R
Rep Larsen - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep McKim - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Reeder - R
Rep Steinmetz - R
Rep Stubson - R
Rep Walters - R
Rep Winters - R
Sen Boner - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Emerich - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Kinskey - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Pappas - R
Sen Ross - R
Rep Allen - R
Rep Blackburn - R
Rep Clem - R
Rep Edmonds - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Halverson - R
Rep Kasperik - R
Rep Laursen - R
Rep Lindholm - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Pownall - R
Sen Barnard - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Christensen - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Cooper - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Geis - R
Sen Nicholas-P - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Peterson - R
Sen Scott - R
Sen Wasserburger - R
Rep Baldwin - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Cannady - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Lockhart - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep Moniz - R
Rep Piiparinen - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Sen Anderson-JL - R
Sen Johnson - R
Sen VonFlatern - R
Rep Barlow - R
Rep Berger - R
Rep Campbell - R
Rep Harvey - R
Rep Kinner - R
Rep Krone - R
Rep Northrup - R
Rep Paxton - R
Rep Sommers - R
Rep Wilson - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dv - R
Rep Kirkbride - R
Rep Petroff - 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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