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Ideology scores for the Utah House of Representatives, 2010

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 2010 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 | DDDDDDD
-90.1 to -80 | DDDDDDD
-80.1 to -70 | DDDD
-70.1 to -60 | DD
-60.1 to -50 | DD
-50.1 to -40 | 
-40.1 to -30 | R
-30.1 to -20 | RRR
-20.1 to -10 | R
  -10.1 to 0 | RRRRR
   0.1 to 10 | RRRR
  10.1 to 20 | RRRRRRRRRRRR
  20.1 to 30 | RRRR
  30.1 to 40 | RRR
  40.1 to 50 | RRRRRRRRRR
  50.1 to 60 | RRR
  60.1 to 70 | RR
  70.1 to 80 | RR
  80.1 to 90 | RR
 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 2010 -97.2
Riesen, Phil D House 2010 -95.1
King, Brian S. D House 2010 -94.1
Biskupski, Jackie D House 2010 -93.6
Hemingway, Lynn N. D House 2010 -92.8
Fisher, Janice M. D House 2010 -91.4
Johnson, Christine A. D House 2010 -90.9
Moss, Carol Spackman D House 2010 -89.5
Hansen, Neil A. D House 2010 -87.5
Wiley, Larry B. D House 2010 -87.5
Cosgrove, Tim M. D House 2010 -84.4
Wheatley, Mark A. D House 2010 -82.8
Seegmiller, F. Jay D House 2010 -80.7
Litvack, David D House 2010 -80.4
Seelig, Jennifer M. D House 2010 -77.8
Black, Laura D House 2010 -76.2
Duckworth, Susan D House 2010 -73.7
Poulson, Marie H. D House 2010 -72.4
Watkins, Christine F. D House 2010 -63.6
Beck, Trisha S. D House 2010 -63.2
Gowans, James R. D House 2010 -58.9
Hendrickson, Neal B. D House 2010 -57.7
Allen, Sheryl L. R House 2010 -37.1
Edwards, Rebecca P. R House 2010 -27.7
Powell, Kraig R House 2010 -23.8
McIff, Kay L. R House 2010 -22.8
Hunsaker, Fred R R House 2010 -13.5
Menlove, Ronda Rudd R House 2010 -9.4
Mascaro, Steven R. R House 2010 -8.8
Vickers, Evan J. R House 2010 -3.9
Draxler, Jack R. R House 2010 -3.4
Clark, Stephen D. R House 2010 -2.5
Brown, Melvin R. R House 2010 0.6
Webb, R. Curt R House 2010 0.7
Hutchings, Eric K. R House 2010 5.9
Ferry, Ben C. R House 2010 9.5
Dunnigan, James A. R House 2010 10.3
Ipson, Don L. R House 2010 10.6
Ray, Paul R House 2010 13.0
Bigelow, Ron R House 2010 16.2
Bird, Jim R House 2010 16.5
Painter, Patrick R House 2010 16.6
Greenwood, Richard A. R House 2010 16.9
Fowlke, Lorie D. R House 2010 16.9
Wallis, C. Brent R House 2010 17.0
Aagard, Douglas C. R House 2010 18.4
Garn, Kevin S. R House 2010 18.8
Fisher, Julie R House 2010 19.1
Barrus, Roger E. R House 2010 20.6
Last, Bradley G. R House 2010 21.6
Froerer, Gage R House 2010 22.1
Dee, Brad L. R House 2010 27.9
Clark, David R House 2010 32.2
Harper, Wayne A. R House 2010 35.9
Gibson, Francis D. R House 2010 39.6
Anderson, Johnny R House 2010 42.1
Noel, Michael E. R House 2010 42.5
Hughes, Gregory H. R House 2010 42.5
Gibson, Kerry W. R House 2010 44.2
Grover, Keith R House 2010 46.1
Kiser, Todd E. R House 2010 48.6
Lockhart, Rebecca D. R House 2010 48.9
Mathis, John G. R House 2010 49.2
Daw, Bradley M. R House 2010 49.5
Herrod, Christopher N. R House 2010 49.9
Sandstrom, Stephen E. R House 2010 50.7
Newbold, Merlynn T. R House 2010 51.0
Oda, Curtis R House 2010 53.7
Wilcox, Ryan D. R House 2010 62.3
Frank, Craig A. R House 2010 65.4
Wright, Bill R House 2010 76.3
Sumsion, Kenneth W. R House 2010 79.0
Dougall, John R House 2010 84.7
Wimmer, Carl R House 2010 88.9
Morley, Michael T. R House 2010 90.7