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Ideology scores for the Utah House of Representatives, 2007

Political scientists have developed advanced algorithms that can calculate each legislator's ideology score based on his or her legislative voting record, called a NOMINATE score (it's an acronym, hence the caps). Usually these scores are used to study Congress. They are difficult and time-consuming to calculate, so they are not available for most states. As part of my research, I calculated scores for Utah legislators. Important caveats:

  1. Ideology scores have no scale. There is not a number that means "liberal." Scores only have relative meaning. A lower score is more liberal than a higher score.
  2. Scores are only comparable within a single chamber, within a single year. You cannot compare House scores to Senate scores, and you cannot compare 2010 scores to 2011 scores. (That's because of caveat #1: Scores have no scale.)
  3. Zero does not mean "moderate," it just means "the middle of this group of legislators." Since Utah's legislature is very conservative, the most moderate Utah legislators would seem very conservative on a national scale. Even scores below 0 probably indicate a pretty conservative legislator in these scores.

You can find a thorough discussion of these ideology scores at the Utah data points blog.

The scores below are for 2007 in the Utah House of Representatives. Select a different year here:
House: - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017
Senate: - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017

Distribution of scores

The plot below summarizes how many legislators fall into each score range. There is one "D" for each Democrat in the given range, and one "R" for each Republican. There are 75 legislators in the Utah House of Representatives.

 -100 to -90 | DDD
-90.1 to -80 | DDDDDD
-80.1 to -70 | DDDD
-70.1 to -60 | DDDD
-60.1 to -50 | D
-50.1 to -40 | DD
-40.1 to -30 | R
-30.1 to -20 | RRR
-20.1 to -10 | R
  -10.1 to 0 | RRRRRR
   0.1 to 10 | RRRR
  10.1 to 20 | RRRRRR
  20.1 to 30 | RRRRRRRR
  30.1 to 40 | RR
  40.1 to 50 | RRRRRRR
  50.1 to 60 | RRRR
  60.1 to 70 | RRRRR
  70.1 to 80 | RR
  80.1 to 90 | RRRR
 90.1 to 100 | RR

Detailed ideology data

If you use this data in published work, please credit me appropriately.

Legislator Party Chamber Year Ideology score
Litvack, David D House 2007 -95.3
Johnson, Christine A. D House 2007 -93.7
Biskupski, Jackie D House 2007 -93.5
McGee, Rosalind J. D House 2007 -86.9
Becker, Ralph D House 2007 -85.7
Wiley, Larry B. D House 2007 -82.1
Wheatley, Mark A. D House 2007 -81.4
Riesen, Phil D House 2007 -81.2
Seelig, Jennifer M. D House 2007 -81.0
Hansen, Neil A. D House 2007 -74.8
Moss, Carol Spackman D House 2007 -72.1
Hemingway, Lynn N. D House 2007 -71.4
King, Brad D House 2007 -70.5
Fisher, Janice M. D House 2007 -66.2
Cosgrove, Tim M. D House 2007 -63.8
Shurtliff, LaWanna Lou D House 2007 -62.6
Hendrickson, Neal B. D House 2007 -62.3
Gowans, James R. D House 2007 -58.6
Duckworth, Carl W. D House 2007 -48.8
Morgan, Karen W. D House 2007 -45.7
Menlove, Ronda Rudd R House 2007 -31.0
Allen, Sheryl L. R House 2007 -28.8
Holdaway, Kory M. R House 2007 -26.0
McIff, Kay L. R House 2007 -22.2
Mascaro, Steven R. R House 2007 -14.6
Fowlke, Lorie D. R House 2007 -6.1
Neuenschwander, Paul A. R House 2007 -6.0
Wyatt, Scott L R House 2007 -4.0
Bird, Jim R House 2007 -3.7
Hunsaker, Fred R R House 2007 -2.6
Brown, Melvin R. R House 2007 -0.2
Bowman, DeMar Bud R House 2007 2.7
Buxton, D. Gregg R House 2007 2.8
Draxler, Jack R. R House 2007 3.0
Fisher, Julie R House 2007 3.7
Bigelow, Ron R House 2007 10.8
Hutchings, Eric K. R House 2007 11.1
Ferry, Ben C. R House 2007 13.8
Snow, Gordon E. R House 2007 14.0
Gibson, Kerry W. R House 2007 14.9
Dee, Brad L. R House 2007 15.1
Froerer, Gage R House 2007 21.6
Clark, Stephen D. R House 2007 22.8
Wheeler, Richard W. R House 2007 23.1
Dunnigan, James A. R House 2007 24.6
Ray, Paul R House 2007 25.7
Barrus, Roger E. R House 2007 28.7
Last, Bradley G. R House 2007 29.1
Andersen, Sylvia S. R House 2007 29.2
Aagard, Douglas C. R House 2007 31.9
Walker, Mark W. R House 2007 32.2
Painter, Patrick R House 2007 41.1
Curtis, Greg J. R House 2007 41.5
Garn, Kevin S. R House 2007 45.3
Urquhart, Stephen H. R House 2007 45.4
Clark, David R House 2007 45.6
Kiser, Todd E. R House 2007 47.7
Noel, Michael E. R House 2007 48.8
Mathis, John G. R House 2007 52.5
Harper, Wayne A. R House 2007 55.9
Donnelson, Glenn A. R House 2007 57.4
Grover, Keith R House 2007 58.4
Hughes, Gregory H. R House 2007 62.3
Oda, Curtis R House 2007 63.2
Newbold, Merlynn T. R House 2007 66.6
Sandstrom, Stephen E. R House 2007 69.4
Lockhart, Rebecca D. R House 2007 69.7
Herrod, Christopher N. R House 2007 70.9
Daw, Bradley M. R House 2007 75.2
Sumsion, Kenneth W. R House 2007 81.3
Frank, Craig A. R House 2007 81.6
Wimmer, Carl R House 2007 82.4
Dougall, John R House 2007 86.3
Morley, Michael T. R House 2007 94.4
Tilton, Aaron R House 2007 97.4