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Ideology scores for the Utah House of Representatives, 2012

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 2012 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 | DDDDDD
-90.1 to -80 | DDDDD
-80.1 to -70 | DDD
-70.1 to -60 | DD
-60.1 to -50 | 
-50.1 to -40 | D
-40.1 to -30 | R
-30.1 to -20 | 
-20.1 to -10 | RR
  -10.1 to 0 | RRR
   0.1 to 10 | RRRR
  10.1 to 20 | RRRRRRR
  20.1 to 30 | RRRRRR
  30.1 to 40 | RRRRRRR
  40.1 to 50 | RRRRRRRRRRR
  50.1 to 60 | RRRRRRRR
  60.1 to 70 | RRR
  70.1 to 80 | R
  80.1 to 90 | RRR
 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
Briscoe, Joel K. D House 2012 -99.7
Arent, Patrice M. D House 2012 -98.6
King, Brian S. D House 2012 -97.9
Chavez-Houck, Rebecca D House 2012 -96.1
Moss, Carol Spackman D House 2012 -96.0
Doughty, Brian D House 2012 -91.2
Cosgrove, Tim M. D House 2012 -89.7
Seelig, Jennifer M. D House 2012 -87.9
Poulson, Marie H. D House 2012 -85.7
Hemingway, Lynn N. D House 2012 -85.5
Fisher, Janice M. D House 2012 -82.9
Litvack, David D House 2012 -78.9
Wiley, Larry B. D House 2012 -78.1
Wheatley, Mark A. D House 2012 -76.6
Duckworth, Susan D House 2012 -65.4
Watkins, Christine F. D House 2012 -63.1
Hendrickson, Neal B. D House 2012 -41.6
Powell, Kraig R House 2012 -39.1
Edwards, Rebecca P. R House 2012 -15.5
McIff, Kay L. R House 2012 -10.6
Pitcher, Dixon M. R House 2012 -6.1
Handy, Stephen G. R House 2012 -3.9
Eliason, Steve R House 2012 -0.5
Hutchings, Eric K. R House 2012 0.3
Snow, V. Lowry R House 2012 4.3
Perry, Lee B. R House 2012 7.8
Ray, Paul R House 2012 9.2
Barlow, Stewart R House 2012 13.8
Sagers, Douglas R House 2012 16.4
Vickers, Evan J. R House 2012 16.4
Brown, Melvin R. R House 2012 16.7
Last, Bradley G. R House 2012 17.1
Ipson, Don L. R House 2012 18.1
Draxler, Jack R. R House 2012 18.2
Froerer, Gage R House 2012 21.3
Webb, R. Curt R House 2012 23.3
Menlove, Ronda Rudd R House 2012 24.1
Brown, Derek E. R House 2012 25.8
Wilson, Brad R. R House 2012 26.2
Peterson, Jeremy A. R House 2012 29.5
Kiser, Todd E. R House 2012 30.5
Greenwood, Richard A. R House 2012 31.0
Cox, Fred C. R House 2012 34.6
Dunnigan, James A. R House 2012 34.7
Nielson, Jim R House 2012 38.4
Hughes, Gregory H. R House 2012 39.2
Sanpei, Dean R House 2012 39.8
Christensen, LaVar R House 2012 40.1
Ivory, Ken R House 2012 44.0
Barrus, Roger E. R House 2012 44.7
Wilcox, Ryan D. R House 2012 45.0
Bird, Jim R House 2012 45.2
Anderson, Johnny R House 2012 46.9
Dee, Brad L. R House 2012 46.9
Galvez, Brad J. R House 2012 47.0
Sandstrom, Stephen E. R House 2012 49.1
Painter, Patrick R House 2012 49.1
Grover, Keith R House 2012 49.9
Gibson, Francis D. R House 2012 50.1
Noel, Michael E. R House 2012 50.5
Butterfield, David G. R House 2012 50.5
Harper, Wayne A. R House 2012 50.9
Lockhart, Rebecca D. R House 2012 54.1
Peterson, Val L. R House 2012 56.1
Daw, Bradley M. R House 2012 59.0
Oda, Curtis R House 2012 59.5
Newbold, Merlynn T. R House 2012 60.2
Mathis, John G. R House 2012 63.1
Wright, Bill R House 2012 66.6
Herrod, Christopher N. R House 2012 73.9
Frank, Craig A. R House 2012 80.8
Morley, Michael T. R House 2012 85.9
Dougall, John R House 2012 86.9
Sumsion, Kenneth W. R House 2012 90.3
McCay, Daniel R House 2012 90.3