Legislative Rankings for Budget Session 2018


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 Edwards - R
Rep Jennings - R
Rep Lone - R
Sen Agar - R
Sen Bouchard - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Scott - R
Rep Gray - R
Rep Steinmetz - R
Sen Anderson-JL - R
Sen Barnard - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Boner - R
Sen Christensen - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Kinskey - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Moniz - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Peterson - R
Rep Biteman - R
Rep Blackburn - R
Rep Clausen - R
Rep Clem - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Halverson - R
Rep Laursen - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Piiparinen - R
Rep Salazar - R
Rep Winters - R
Sen Baldwin - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Ellis - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Nethercott - R
Sen Wasserburger - R
Rep Allen - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Court - R
Rep Crank - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Eyre - R
Rep Flitner - R
Rep Furphy - R
Rep Haley - R
Rep Hallinan - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Henderson - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Kinner - R
Rep Kirkbride - R
Rep Larsen - R
Rep Lindholm - R
Rep MacGuire - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Northrup - R
Rep Obermueller - R
Rep Olsen - R
Rep Paxton - R
Rep Pownall - R
Rep Simpson-E - R
Rep Sommers - R
Rep Stith - R
Rep Walters - R
Rep Wilson - R
Sen Emerich - R
Sen Pappas - R
Sen VonFlatern - R
Rep Barlow - R
Rep Sweeney - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

Often Average Infrequently
Rep Blackburn - R
Rep Edwards - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Laursen - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Steinmetz - R
Rep Winters - R
Sen Agar - R
Sen Anderson-JL - R
Sen Baldwin - R
Sen Barnard - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Boner - R
Sen Bouchard - R
Sen Burns - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Christensen - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Ellis - R
Sen Emerich - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Kinskey - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Meier - R
Sen Moniz - R
Sen Nethercott - R
Sen Pappas - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Peterson - R
Sen Scott - R
Sen VonFlatern - R
Sen Wasserburger - R
Rep Allen - R
Rep Biteman - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Clausen - R
Rep Clem - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Eyre - R
Rep Gray - R
Rep Halverson - R
Rep Jennings - R
Rep Larsen - R
Rep Lindholm - R
Rep Lone - R
Rep MacGuire - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Northrup - R
Rep Olsen - R
Rep Piiparinen - R
Rep Salazar - R
Rep Walters - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Court - R
Rep Flitner - R
Rep Hallinan - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Kirkbride - R
Rep Obermueller - R
Rep Pownall - R
Rep Simpson-E - R
Rep Sommers - R
Rep Stith - R
Rep Wilson - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Rep Barlow - R
Rep Crank - R
Rep Furphy - R
Rep Haley - R
Rep Henderson - R
Rep Kinner - R
Rep Madden - R
Rep Paxton - R
Rep Sweeney - 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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