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Ideology scores for the Utah House of Representatives, 2011

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 2011 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 | DDDD
-90.1 to -80 | DDDDDDDD
-80.1 to -70 | D
-70.1 to -60 | DDD
-60.1 to -50 | D
-50.1 to -40 | 
-40.1 to -30 | 
-30.1 to -20 | R
-20.1 to -10 | R
  -10.1 to 0 | RRRRRRRR
   0.1 to 10 | RRRRRRRR
  10.1 to 20 | RRRRRRR
  20.1 to 30 | RRRRRRRRRR
  30.1 to 40 | RRRRRRRR
  40.1 to 50 | RRRRRRRRRRR
  50.1 to 60 | 
  60.1 to 70 | 
  70.1 to 80 | R
  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 2011 -99.2
Briscoe, Joel K. D House 2011 -95.9
Biskupski, Jackie D House 2011 -94.8
Arent, Patrice M. D House 2011 -90.6
King, Brian S. D House 2011 -89.4
Fisher, Janice M. D House 2011 -86.5
Cosgrove, Tim M. D House 2011 -85.8
Moss, Carol Spackman D House 2011 -83.9
Hemingway, Lynn N. D House 2011 -83.5
Wheatley, Mark A. D House 2011 -80.6
Seelig, Jennifer M. D House 2011 -80.2
Litvack, David D House 2011 -80.0
Wiley, Larry B. D House 2011 -72.4
Poulson, Marie H. D House 2011 -68.1
Watkins, Christine F. D House 2011 -65.8
Duckworth, Susan D House 2011 -60.4
Hendrickson, Neal B. D House 2011 -55.4
Edwards, Rebecca P. R House 2011 -27.9
McIff, Kay L. R House 2011 -18.2
Menlove, Ronda Rudd R House 2011 -7.5
Powell, Kraig R House 2011 -6.3
Perry, Lee B. R House 2011 -4.6
Sagers, Douglas R House 2011 -3.1
Handy, Stephen G. R House 2011 -1.4
Pitcher, Dixon M. R House 2011 -0.8
Brown, Derek E. R House 2011 -0.3
Vickers, Evan J. R House 2011 -0.2
Draxler, Jack R. R House 2011 1.4
Brown, Melvin R. R House 2011 3.0
Dunnigan, James A. R House 2011 5.3
Eliason, Steve R House 2011 6.2
Wilson, Brad R. R House 2011 7.7
Peterson, Jeremy A. R House 2011 7.9
Froerer, Gage R House 2011 8.6
Webb, R. Curt R House 2011 8.6
Ipson, Don L. R House 2011 11.1
Hutchings, Eric K. R House 2011 11.6
Ray, Paul R House 2011 11.7
Nielson, Jim R House 2011 16.7
Greenwood, Richard A. R House 2011 16.9
Bird, Jim R House 2011 18.7
Kiser, Todd E. R House 2011 19.3
Hughes, Gregory H. R House 2011 21.3
Fisher, Julie R House 2011 21.6
Barrus, Roger E. R House 2011 22.3
Galvez, Brad J. R House 2011 22.8
Sanpei, Dean R House 2011 23.3
Butterfield, David G. R House 2011 23.5
Last, Bradley G. R House 2011 25.4
Dee, Brad L. R House 2011 26.2
Ivory, Ken R House 2011 28.3
Painter, Patrick R House 2011 29.6
Cox, Fred C. R House 2011 30.6
Noel, Michael E. R House 2011 33.4
Herrod, Christopher N. R House 2011 37.4
Sandstrom, Stephen E. R House 2011 38.2
Oda, Curtis R House 2011 38.5
Grover, Keith R House 2011 38.5
Christensen, LaVar R House 2011 38.6
Richardson, Holly J. R House 2011 39.6
Clark, David R House 2011 40.3
Harper, Wayne A. R House 2011 40.9
Lockhart, Rebecca D. R House 2011 41.5
Anderson, Johnny R House 2011 42.5
Daw, Bradley M. R House 2011 43.0
Peterson, Val L. R House 2011 43.2
Mathis, John G. R House 2011 43.7
Gibson, Francis D. R House 2011 44.9
Wilcox, Ryan D. R House 2011 45.6
Wright, Bill R House 2011 46.1
Newbold, Merlynn T. R House 2011 48.5
Morley, Michael T. R House 2011 78.1
Sumsion, Kenneth W. R House 2011 80.7
Dougall, John R House 2011 87.5
Wimmer, Carl R House 2011 90.2