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Ideology scores for the Utah House of Representatives, 2013

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 2013 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 | DDDDDD
-70.1 to -60 | D
-60.1 to -50 | 
-50.1 to -40 | 
-40.1 to -30 | 
-30.1 to -20 | RRR
-20.1 to -10 | R
  -10.1 to 0 | RRRRR
   0.1 to 10 | RRRRRRR
  10.1 to 20 | RRRRRRRRRR
  20.1 to 30 | RRRRRRRR
  30.1 to 40 | RRRRRR
  40.1 to 50 | RRRRRRRRR
  50.1 to 60 | R
  60.1 to 70 | RRRRRR
  70.1 to 80 | R
  80.1 to 90 | RRRR
 90.1 to 100 | 

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 2013 -97.7
Arent, Patrice M. D House 2013 -92.9
Romero, Angela D House 2013 -92.4
Moss, Carol Spackman D House 2013 -87.8
Hemingway, Lynn N. D House 2013 -86.1
Wheatley, Mark A. D House 2013 -84.9
Chavez-Houck, Rebecca D House 2013 -83.9
Wiley, Larry B. D House 2013 -79.9
Cosgrove, Tim M. D House 2013 -78.5
King, Brian S. D House 2013 -78.2
Fisher, Janice M. D House 2013 -77.0
Seelig, Jennifer M. D House 2013 -76.2
Poulson, Marie H. D House 2013 -75.9
Duckworth, Susan D House 2013 -69.8
Edwards, Rebecca P. R House 2013 -27.8
Powell, Kraig R House 2013 -24.4
Redd, Edward H. R House 2013 -21.9
Draxler, Jack R. R House 2013 -13.7
Nelson, Merrill F. R House 2013 -7.8
Tanner, Earl D. R House 2013 -4.2
Pitcher, Dixon M. R House 2013 -3.4
Hall, Craig R House 2013 -3.2
Handy, Stephen G. R House 2013 -0.3
Westwood, John R. R House 2013 6.6
Perry, Lee B. R House 2013 6.8
Ray, Paul R House 2013 7.2
McIff, Kay L. R House 2013 7.7
Webb, R. Curt R House 2013 8.1
Eliason, Steve R House 2013 8.9
Menlove, Ronda Rudd R House 2013 9.4
Brown, Melvin R. R House 2013 10.9
Snow, V. Lowry R House 2013 12.4
Brown, Derek E. R House 2013 12.5
Peterson, Jeremy A. R House 2013 12.6
Sagers, Douglas R House 2013 14.0
Bird, Jim R House 2013 14.6
Dunnigan, James A. R House 2013 15.7
Froerer, Gage R House 2013 16.4
Hutchings, Eric K. R House 2013 17.6
Cunningham, Rich R House 2013 17.7
Barlow, Stewart R House 2013 22.0
Last, Bradley G. R House 2013 23.0
Greenwood, Richard A. R House 2013 24.8
Ipson, Don L. R House 2013 25.1
Sanpei, Dean R House 2013 27.4
Cox, Spencer J. R House 2013 28.4
Dee, Brad L. R House 2013 28.6
McKell, Mike K. R House 2013 28.9
Christensen, LaVar R House 2013 31.6
Christofferson, Kay J. R House 2013 33.7
Lockhart, Rebecca D. R House 2013 33.8
Anderson, Johnny R House 2013 34.3
Wilson, Brad R. R House 2013 34.3
Kennedy, Michael S. R House 2013 39.5
Anderson, Jerry B. R House 2013 40.7
Stratton, Keven J. R House 2013 42.3
Noel, Michael E. R House 2013 44.0
Lifferth, David E. R House 2013 44.4
Stanard, Jon E. R House 2013 45.3
Hughes, Gregory H. R House 2013 45.5
Nielson, Jim R House 2013 45.6
Barrus, Roger E. R House 2013 45.8
Layton, Dana L. R House 2013 49.8
Gibson, Francis D. R House 2013 59.9
Oda, Curtis R House 2013 60.4
Mathis, John G. R House 2013 60.5
Peterson, Val L. R House 2013 62.2
Grover, Keith R House 2013 64.6
Ivory, Ken R House 2013 65.7
Anderegg, Jacob L. R House 2013 69.6
Knotwell, John R House 2013 70.2
McCay, Daniel R House 2013 80.6
Wilcox, Ryan D. R House 2013 81.0
Greene, Brian M. R House 2013 82.0
Roberts, Marc K. R House 2013 85.8