Ideology scores for the Utah House of Representatives, 2007

Political scientists have developed advanced algorithms that can calculate each legislator's ideology score based on his or her legislative voting record. Here I use the W-NOMINATE method (it's an acronym, hence the caps). Important caveats:

  1. Ideology scores have no scale. There is not a number that means "liberal" or "conservative." Scores have only relative meaning, so that a lower score indicates a more liberal voting record 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 2018 scores to 2019 scores. (That's because of caveat #1: Scores have no scale.)
  3. Scores reflect what comes to the floor. In a supermajority Republican Legislature, most fights are between moderate Republicans and conservative Republicans, not between Republicans and Democrats. Thus, scores calculated from votes in the Utah Legislature will reveal more daylight among Republicans than among Democrats.
  4. Zero does not mean "moderate," it just means "the middle of this group of legislators." See the preceding point. Also, "moderate" Utah Republican legislators are usually pretty conservative on a national scale.
  5. Scores close to 100 are not "most loyal Republicans." Even calling these "most conservative" would be very misleading, since it implies these legislators come closest to some conservative standard. Utah is a very conservative state, and a legislator near the middle of this particular Republican pack is likewise very conservative. Scores near 100 indicate Republicans at the extreme end of the scale, who are to the right of even most Republicans, and perhaps well to the right of the Republican party platform.

You can find a thorough discussion of these ideology scores at the Utah data points blog.

The scores below are for 2007 in the Utah House of Representatives. Select a different year here:
House: - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019
Senate: - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019

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 | DDDDDD
-80.1 to -70 | DDDD
-70.1 to -60 | DDDD
-60.1 to -50 | D
-50.1 to -40 | DD
-40.1 to -30 | R
-30.1 to -20 | RRR
-20.1 to -10 | R
  -10.1 to 0 | RRRRRR
   0.1 to 10 | RRRR
  10.1 to 20 | RRRRRR
  20.1 to 30 | RRRRRRRR
  30.1 to 40 | RR
  40.1 to 50 | RRRRRRR
  50.1 to 60 | RRRR
  60.1 to 70 | RRRRR
  70.1 to 80 | RR
  80.1 to 90 | RRRR
 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
Litvack, David D House 2007 -95.3
Johnson, Christine A. D House 2007 -93.7
Biskupski, Jackie D House 2007 -93.5
McGee, Rosalind J. D House 2007 -86.9
Becker, Ralph D House 2007 -85.7
Wiley, Larry B. D House 2007 -82.1
Wheatley, Mark A. D House 2007 -81.4
Riesen, Phil D House 2007 -81.2
Seelig, Jennifer M. D House 2007 -81.0
Hansen, Neil A. D House 2007 -74.8
Moss, Carol Spackman D House 2007 -72.1
Hemingway, Lynn N. D House 2007 -71.4
King, Brad D House 2007 -70.5
Fisher, Janice M. D House 2007 -66.2
Cosgrove, Tim M. D House 2007 -63.8
Shurtliff, LaWanna Lou D House 2007 -62.6
Hendrickson, Neal B. D House 2007 -62.3
Gowans, James R. D House 2007 -58.6
Duckworth, Carl W. D House 2007 -48.8
Morgan, Karen W. D House 2007 -45.7
Menlove, Ronda Rudd R House 2007 -31.0
Allen, Sheryl L. R House 2007 -28.8
Holdaway, Kory M. R House 2007 -26.0
McIff, Kay L. R House 2007 -22.2
Mascaro, Steven R. R House 2007 -14.6
Fowlke, Lorie D. R House 2007 -6.1
Neuenschwander, Paul A. R House 2007 -6.0
Wyatt, Scott L R House 2007 -4.0
Bird, Jim R House 2007 -3.7
Hunsaker, Fred R R House 2007 -2.6
Brown, Melvin R. R House 2007 -0.2
Bowman, DeMar Bud R House 2007 2.7
Buxton, D. Gregg R House 2007 2.8
Draxler, Jack R. R House 2007 3.0
Fisher, Julie R House 2007 3.7
Bigelow, Ron R House 2007 10.8
Hutchings, Eric K. R House 2007 11.1
Ferry, Ben C. R House 2007 13.8
Snow, Gordon E. R House 2007 14.0
Gibson, Kerry W. R House 2007 14.9
Dee, Brad L. R House 2007 15.1
Froerer, Gage R House 2007 21.6
Clark, Stephen D. R House 2007 22.8
Wheeler, Richard W. R House 2007 23.1
Dunnigan, James A. R House 2007 24.6
Ray, Paul R House 2007 25.7
Barrus, Roger E. R House 2007 28.7
Last, Bradley G. R House 2007 29.1
Andersen, Sylvia S. R House 2007 29.2
Aagard, Douglas C. R House 2007 31.9
Walker, Mark W. R House 2007 32.2
Painter, Patrick R House 2007 41.1
Curtis, Greg J. R House 2007 41.5
Garn, Kevin S. R House 2007 45.3
Urquhart, Stephen H. R House 2007 45.4
Clark, David R House 2007 45.6
Kiser, Todd E. R House 2007 47.7
Noel, Michael E. R House 2007 48.8
Mathis, John G. R House 2007 52.5
Harper, Wayne A. R House 2007 55.9
Donnelson, Glenn A. R House 2007 57.4
Grover, Keith R House 2007 58.4
Hughes, Gregory H. R House 2007 62.3
Oda, Curtis R House 2007 63.2
Newbold, Merlynn T. R House 2007 66.6
Sandstrom, Stephen E. R House 2007 69.4
Lockhart, Rebecca D. R House 2007 69.7
Herrod, Christopher N. R House 2007 70.9
Daw, Bradley M. R House 2007 75.2
Sumsion, Kenneth W. R House 2007 81.3
Frank, Craig A. R House 2007 81.6
Wimmer, Carl R House 2007 82.4
Dougall, John R House 2007 86.3
Morley, Michael T. R House 2007 94.4
Tilton, Aaron R House 2007 97.4