Legislative Rankings for General Session 2019


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
Sen Biteman - R
Sen Bouchard - R
Sen Hutchings - R
Sen James - R
Rep Clem - R
Rep Gray - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Laursen - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Styvar - R
Sen Agar - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Kinskey - R
Sen Steinmetz - R
Rep Blackburn - R
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Clausen - R
Rep Lindholm - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep Piiparinen - R
Rep Salazar - R
Rep Tass - R
Rep Washut - R
Rep Winter - R
Sen Boner - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen Moniz - R
Sen Nethercott - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Scott - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Crank - R
Rep Duncan - 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 MacGuire - 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 Sweeney - R
Rep Walters - R
Rep Western - R
Rep Wilson - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Sen Anderson-JL - R
Sen Baldwin - R
Sen Ellis - R
Sen Kost - R
Sen Pappas - R
Sen Schuler - R
Sen Wasserburger - R
Rep Barlow - R
Rep Newsome - R
Sen VonFlatern - R

Supports Party's Legislative Majority

Often Average Infrequently
Rep Burkhart - R
Rep Greear - R
Rep Northrup - R
Sen Agar - R
Sen Bebout - R
Sen Biteman - R
Sen Boner - R
Sen Bouchard - R
Sen Dockstader - R
Sen Hicks - R
Sen Hutchings - R
Sen James - R
Sen Kinskey - R
Sen Moniz - R
Sen Nethercott - R
Sen Steinmetz - R
Rep Blackburn - R
Rep Edwards - R
Rep Eklund - R
Rep Eyre - R
Rep Gray - R
Rep Haley - R
Rep Henderson - R
Rep Jennings - R
Rep Kirkbride - R
Rep Larsen - R
Rep Laursen - R
Rep Lindholm - R
Rep Loucks - R
Rep MacGuire - R
Rep Miller - R
Rep Olsen - R
Rep Piiparinen - R
Rep Salazar - R
Rep Simpson-E - R
Rep Styvar - R
Rep Tass - R
Rep Walters - R
Rep Washut - R
Rep Winter - R
Sen Case - R
Sen Coe - R
Sen Driskill - R
Sen Kost - R
Sen Pappas - R
Sen Perkins - R
Sen Schuler - R
Sen Scott - R
Rep Brown - R
Rep Clausen - R
Rep Clem - R
Rep Crank - R
Rep Flitner - R
Rep Hallinan - R
Rep Harshman - R
Rep Hunt - R
Rep Nicholas-B - R
Rep Obermueller - R
Rep Paxton - R
Rep Pownall - R
Rep Sommers - R
Rep Stith - R
Rep Sweeney - R
Rep Western - R
Rep Wilson - R
Rep Zwonitzer-Dn - R
Sen Anderson-JL - R
Sen Baldwin - R
Sen Ellis - R
Sen Landen - R
Sen VonFlatern - R
Sen Wasserburger - R
Rep Barlow - R
Rep Duncan - R
Rep Furphy - R
Rep Kinner - R
Rep Newsome - 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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