Sutherland releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard and Lifetime Legislator Scores

Photo Credit: Scott Catron

Photo Credit: Scott Catron

SALT LAKE CITY – Sutherland Institute released today its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. Using 17 pieces of legislation considered during the 2014 legislative session for the Senate and 18 for the House (not all bills overlap between chambers), Sutherland produced an individual score for each legislator and an overall score for each body. In 2014, the Utah Senate scored 79 percent on average (79 percent in 2013 and 81 percent in 2012) while the Utah House came in at 75 percent (58 percent in 2013 and 75 percent in 2012).

Of note during this session was the wide bipartisan agreement on several pieces of transparency legislation. Additionally, the so-called “moratorium” on bills dealing with religious freedom and nondiscrimination laws contributed to a less controversial session.

The 2014 Legislative Scorecard can be found here.

2014 Senate highlights:

  • “High Five”
    • 100%     Margaret Dayton
    • 100%     Mark Madsen
    • 94%       Deidre Henderson
    • 94%       Stuart Reid
    • 93%       Scott Jenkins
  • “Low Five”
    • 50%       Jim Dabakis
    • 56%       Patricia Jones
    • 59%       Gene Davis
    • 59%       Karen Mayne
    • 64%       Luz Robles
  • 20 of 29 senators scored 75 percent or better

2014 House highlights:

  • “High Five”
    • 94%       Keith Grover
    • 94%       Michael Kennedy
    • 94%       Dana Layton
    • 94%       Val Peterson
    • 94%       Ryan Wilcox
  • “Low Five”
    • 44%       Larry Wiley
    • 50%       Susan Duckworth
    • 50%       Janice Fisher
    • 50%       Mark Wheatley
    • 53%       Angela Romero
  • 43 of 75 representatives scored 75 percent or better

For the first time, Sutherland has calculated “Lifetime Legislator Scores” from the 2012-2014 sessions. A legislator’s average score is calculated using one to three sessions of service, depending on how long the legislator has been in office.

Senate Lifetime Legislator Score highlights:

  • “High Five”
    • 100%     Mark Madsen
    • 98%       Margaret Dayton
    • 98%       Howard Stephenson
    • 97%       Scott Jenkins
    • 94%       Deidre Henderson
  • “Low Five”
    • 46%       Jim Dabakis
    • 50%       Gene Davis
    • 50%       Luz Robles
    • 54%       Karen Mayne
    • 56%       Patricia Jones
  • 23 of 29 active senators scored 75 percent or better Lifetime Legislator Scores

House Lifetime Legislator Score highlights:

  • “High Five”
    • 98%       Keith Grover
    • 93%       Ryan Wilcox
    • 92%       Rebecca Lockhart
    • 91%       Michael Kennedy
    • 89%       Ken Ivory, Curtis Oda, Val Peterson
  • “Low Five”
    • 29%       Mark Wheatley
    • 32%       Angela Romero
    • 33%       Jennifer Seelig
    • 33%       Larry Wiley
    • 34%       Lynn Hemingway
  • 37 of 75 active representatives scored 75 percent or better Lifetime Legislator Scores

Sutherland Institute thanks all members and staff of the Legislature for their dedicated service and efforts to make Utah a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Sutherland Institute is a nonpartisan, state-based public policy organization located in Salt Lake City. Its mission: protecting the cause of freedom, constructively influencing Utah’s decision-makers, and promoting responsible citizenship. Sutherland Institute is recognized as the leading conservative think tank in the state of Utah.

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