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Ideology scores for the Utah House of Representatives, 2016

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 2016 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 | D
-80.1 to -70 | DDD
-70.1 to -60 | DD
-60.1 to -50 | D
-50.1 to -40 | D
-40.1 to -30 | 
-30.1 to -20 | 
-20.1 to -10 | 
  -10.1 to 0 | RR
   0.1 to 10 | R
  10.1 to 20 | RRRRRR
  20.1 to 30 | RRRRRRRRR
  30.1 to 40 | RRRRRRRRR
  40.1 to 50 | RRRRRRRRRRR
  50.1 to 60 | RRRRRRR
  60.1 to 70 | RRRRRRRRRR
  70.1 to 80 | RRRR
  80.1 to 90 | RRR
 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
Briscoe, Joel K. D House 2016 -95.3
Romero, Angela D House 2016 -94.9
King, Brian S. D House 2016 -93.5
Chavez-Houck, Rebecca D House 2016 -91.9
Hollins, Sandra D House 2016 -88.2
Arent, Patrice M. D House 2016 -74.5
Moss, Carol Spackman D House 2016 -73.6
Hemingway, Lynn N. D House 2016 -72.2
Poulson, Marie H. D House 2016 -68.8
Wheatley, Mark A. D House 2016 -64.5
Duckworth, Susan D House 2016 -58.2
King, Brad D House 2016 -40.0
Edwards, Rebecca P. R House 2016 -6.2
Ward, Raymond P. R House 2016 -3.4
Hall, Craig R House 2016 3.9
DiCaro, Sophia M. R House 2016 12.3
Spendlove, Robert M. R House 2016 12.7
Powell, Kraig R House 2016 13.0
Tanner, Earl D. R House 2016 16.5
Handy, Stephen G. R House 2016 17.8
Pitcher, Dixon M. R House 2016 18.1
Cutler, Bruce R. R House 2016 22.5
Dunnigan, James A. R House 2016 22.6
McIff, Kay L. R House 2016 22.6
Nelson, Merrill F. R House 2016 24.6
Hutchings, Eric K. R House 2016 25.2
Draxler, Jack R. R House 2016 26.7
Ray, Paul R House 2016 27.6
Snow, V. Lowry R House 2016 27.8
Eliason, Steve R House 2016 29.8
Westwood, John R. R House 2016 30.1
Sagers, Douglas R House 2016 32.1
Peterson, Jeremy A. R House 2016 32.2
Perry, Lee B. R House 2016 34.9
Redd, Edward H. R House 2016 34.9
Dee, Brad L. R House 2016 37.9
Ipson, Don L. R House 2016 39.3
Webb, R. Curt R House 2016 39.7
Last, Bradley G. R House 2016 40.0
Froerer, Gage R House 2016 41.0
Chew, Scott H. R House 2016 42.3
Christensen, LaVar R House 2016 42.9
Sanpei, Dean R House 2016 43.9
Barlow, Stewart R House 2016 44.8
Cox, Fred C. R House 2016 45.7
Noel, Michael E. R House 2016 46.6
Anderson, Johnny R House 2016 48.2
Hughes, Gregory H. R House 2016 48.4
Hawkes, Timothy D. R House 2016 49.5
Wilson, Brad R. R House 2016 49.7
McKell, Mike K. R House 2016 50.9
Sandall, Scott D. R House 2016 51.4
Owens, Derrin R House 2016 52.4
Cunningham, Rich R House 2016 55.3
Schultz, Mike R House 2016 55.6
Brown, Melvin R. R House 2016 56.8
Daw, Bradley M. R House 2016 59.7
Fawson, Justin L. R House 2016 61.2
Christofferson, Kay J. R House 2016 62.3
Oda, Curtis R House 2016 62.4
Peterson, Val L. R House 2016 62.9
Grover, Keith R House 2016 64.6
Kennedy, Michael S. R House 2016 65.2
Stanard, Jon E. R House 2016 65.9
Stratton, Keven J. R House 2016 66.7
Gibson, Francis D. R House 2016 67.5
Lifferth, David E. R House 2016 68.4
Coleman, Kim R House 2016 70.8
Thurston, Norman K. R House 2016 72.0
Ivory, Ken R House 2016 73.9
Anderegg, Jacob L. R House 2016 77.7
Knotwell, John R House 2016 82.0
McCay, Daniel R House 2016 83.7
Greene, Brian M. R House 2016 84.3
Roberts, Marc K. R House 2016 90.8