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Ideology scores for the Utah House of Representatives, 2008

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 2008 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 | DDDD
-80.1 to -70 | DDDDD
-70.1 to -60 | DDDDDD
-60.1 to -50 | DD
-50.1 to -40 | R
-40.1 to -30 | 
-30.1 to -20 | RRRRR
-20.1 to -10 | RRR
  -10.1 to 0 | RRR
   0.1 to 10 | RRRR
  10.1 to 20 | RRRRRRRRRRRR
  20.1 to 30 | RRRRRRR
  30.1 to 40 | RR
  40.1 to 50 | RRRR
  50.1 to 60 | RRRR
  60.1 to 70 | RRRRRR
  70.1 to 80 | RR
  80.1 to 90 | R
 90.1 to 100 | R

Detailed ideology data

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

Legislator Party Chamber Year Ideology score
Chavez-Houck, Rebecca D House 2008 -96.9
Litvack, David D House 2008 -92.6
Johnson, Christine A. D House 2008 -91.3
McGee, Rosalind J. D House 2008 -87.8
Seelig, Jennifer M. D House 2008 -87.3
Biskupski, Jackie D House 2008 -85.4
Wiley, Larry B. D House 2008 -84.7
Hemingway, Lynn N. D House 2008 -77.0
Fisher, Janice M. D House 2008 -75.2
Wheatley, Mark A. D House 2008 -73.6
Riesen, Phil D House 2008 -73.3
Moss, Carol Spackman D House 2008 -72.5
Hendrickson, Neal B. D House 2008 -68.7
Cosgrove, Tim M. D House 2008 -67.6
King, Brad D House 2008 -67.5
Hansen, Neil A. D House 2008 -65.6
Gowans, James R. D House 2008 -64.0
Shurtliff, LaWanna Lou D House 2008 -63.9
Duckworth, Carl W. D House 2008 -55.3
Morgan, Karen W. D House 2008 -51.6
Holdaway, Kory M. R House 2008 -43.4
Menlove, Ronda Rudd R House 2008 -27.7
Allen, Sheryl L. R House 2008 -26.3
McIff, Kay L. R House 2008 -25.1
Mascaro, Steven R. R House 2008 -24.8
Hunsaker, Fred R R House 2008 -22.0
Brown, Melvin R. R House 2008 -18.7
Bowman, DeMar Bud R House 2008 -18.2
Fowlke, Lorie D. R House 2008 -11.3
Dunnigan, James A. R House 2008 -7.8
Ferry, Ben C. R House 2008 -5.9
Neuenschwander, Paul A. R House 2008 -1.8
Bird, Jim R House 2008 0.8
Draxler, Jack R. R House 2008 1.6
Snow, Gordon E. R House 2008 3.7
Hutchings, Eric K. R House 2008 8.6
Froerer, Gage R House 2008 10.8
Dee, Brad L. R House 2008 12.1
Fisher, Julie R House 2008 12.5
Walker, Mark W. R House 2008 13.2
Clark, Stephen D. R House 2008 13.3
Winn, Bradley A. R House 2008 14.8
Ray, Paul R House 2008 15.1
Aagard, Douglas C. R House 2008 15.8
Bigelow, Ron R House 2008 16.4
Webb, R. Curt R House 2008 16.7
Gibson, Kerry W. R House 2008 17.6
Barrus, Roger E. R House 2008 18.9
Urquhart, Stephen H. R House 2008 21.3
Clark, David R House 2008 21.6
Painter, Patrick R House 2008 22.2
Andersen, Sylvia S. R House 2008 22.4
Last, Bradley G. R House 2008 23.9
Kiser, Todd E. R House 2008 25.0
Curtis, Greg J. R House 2008 29.4
Harper, Wayne A. R House 2008 34.9
Garn, Kevin S. R House 2008 36.2
Greenwood, Richard A. R House 2008 40.3
Mathis, John G. R House 2008 40.5
Noel, Michael E. R House 2008 45.4
Hughes, Gregory H. R House 2008 49.2
Lockhart, Rebecca D. R House 2008 52.0
Grover, Keith R House 2008 53.6
Donnelson, Glenn A. R House 2008 56.4
Newbold, Merlynn T. R House 2008 59.6
Sandstrom, Stephen E. R House 2008 61.0
Daw, Bradley M. R House 2008 63.1
Herrod, Christopher N. R House 2008 66.4
Frank, Craig A. R House 2008 66.8
Oda, Curtis R House 2008 67.0
Sumsion, Kenneth W. R House 2008 70.0
Tilton, Aaron R House 2008 72.1
Dougall, John R House 2008 77.6
Wimmer, Carl R House 2008 87.9
Morley, Michael T. R House 2008 90.2