What started out a few days ago as a simple numbers project has become one of the hardest posts we’ve ever put together. How do you quantify who is effective on Utah’s Capitol Hill, and who is not? There are literally thousands of ways we could consider.
Do you judge by how many bills they passed? How often they got their message out in the media? How many solid policy bills they ran vs “message bills?” You see our dilemma.
The list below does not take into consideration seniority or past performance of any legislator, it also does not take into account the degree to which they affected other legislation, either through negotiations or floor speeches.
The algorithm we ended up using is a combination of the percentage of bills passed, versus how many bills each had numbered. It also takes into account the percentage of bills they passed as a floor sponsor. Those percentages include the bill files that legislators opened at the beginning of the session, but ended up not using (which sunk the percentages of many typically heavy-hitters). There’s also an X-factor, where we gave a boost to the scores of legislators who took great bills far through the process, even though the bills may not have passed.
No voter would use this as a sole basis for their vote. Take it for what it is: the most honest evaluation of the 2013 session we could give it with limited resources, while using only a handful of the thousands of factors that could have been considered.
|Curt Webb||214||Peter Knudson||247|
|Mel Brown||213||Lyle Hillyard||210|
|Kay McIff||212||Kevin Van Tassell||202|
|Mike Noel||211||Scott Jenkins||200|
|Curt Oda||211||Stephen Urquhart||194|
|Dean Sanpei||211||Pat Jones||194|
|Stephen Handy||200||David Hinkins||194|
|Lowry Snow||206||Margaret Dayton||192|
|Jack Draxler||200||Deidre Henderson||191|
|Rich Cunningham||195||Jerry Stevenson||191|
|Patrice Arent||194||Curt Bramble||186|
|Francis Gibson||192||John Valentine||185|
|Steve Eliason||190||Evan Vickers||182|
|LaVar Christensen||189||Karen Mayne||180|
|Craig Hall||189||Allen Christensen||176|
|Marc Roberts||187||Aaron Osmond||170|
|Ryan Wilcox||185||Luz Robles||142|
|Keven Stratton||185||Jim Dabakis||140|
|Rebecca Edwards||184||Daniel Thatcher||168|
|Stewart Barlow||184||Stuart Reid||160|
|Richard Greenwood||182||Stuart Adams||144|
|Don Ipson||177||Howard Stephenson||134|
|Val Peterson||174||Brian Shiozawa||131|
|Jeremy Peterson||172||Todd Weiler||124|
|Merrill Nelson||170||Wayne Harper||56|
|John Knotwell||170||Mark Madsen||37|