Wyoming Liberty Index

2004 Budget Session

Last revised 26 May 2005

 

The 2004 Wyoming Liberty Index is now available. The tables for the two houses are shown below.

A discussion about the bills rated may be found here, and the spreadsheet (in Excel 97 format) is here. The 2004 Special session was not included in the rating, as it was determined there were enough bills in the Budget session to create the rating; and many bills in the Special session were similar to those in the Budget session anyway.

The 2004 Index differs from the 2003 Index in the following respects:

        The 2003 Index ranked only House members, using only House-originated bills. The 2004 Index ranks both House and Senate members, using bills originated in both houses.

        The spreadsheet for the 2004 Index includes every bill, whether the bill contributed to the ranking or not.

        The bill weighing system used for the 2004 Index is simpler (fewer levels) than in the 2003 Index.

Remember, the Index cannot be anything other than an approximate measure of the liberty-supporting tendencies of each legislator, and that only relative to his colleagues.

The Top Ten liberty-supporting members in the House were (in order) Representatives Wostenberg, Baker, Philp, Jones, Anderson, Brechtel, Semlek, Robinson, Bucholz, and Jorgensen. They, especially the leaders in this group, were so closely clustered in score that it is impossible to say with any confidence who is the most liberty-supporting member. Many also led the 2003 Index.

The House Need Improvement - the most liberty-hostile members - were (in order) Cooper, Meyer, Parady, Slater, Miller, Bagby, McOmie, Hinckley, Hastert, Martin and Law, with Walsh in last place. Again, many of these poor performances are repeats from the 2003 Index.

The Top Five liberty-supporting members in the Senate were (in order) Senators Case, Goodenough, Cathcart, Mockler, and Erb. Unlike the near-tie situation in the House, Senator Case was far more friendly to liberty than 2nd place Senator Goodenough, who in turn was far more liberty-friendly than all the rest of the members. Senator Case is truly a standout, in support of liberty.

The Senate Need Improvement - the most liberty-hostile members - were (in order) Senators Massie, Sessions, Townsend, Scott, Anderson, and dragging up the rear, Senator Barrasso.

It is interesting that the most liberty-supporting Senator is an economist, and the most liberty-harming one a doctor. One wonders how the different professions correlate with support of liberty, if there is any correlation. Perhaps a subject for future study.

 

In the charts below, where more than one member shows the same rank, it means of course that they tied in score.


The 2004 House Index. The most liberty-supporting legislators are at the top of the table.

Name

Party

District

District Location (county)

Rank

Wostenberg, N. Jane

R

27

Washakie

1

Baker, Micheal

R

28

S.BigHorn/HotSprings/SEPark

2

Philp, Frank

R

34

Fremont

2

Jones, Alan

R

25

Park

4

Anderson, Rodney, "Pete"

R

10

Laramie

5

Brechtel, Bob

R

38

Natrona

5

Semlek, Mark

R

1

Crook/Weston

7

Robinson, Ann

D

58

Natrona

8

Bucholz, Kurt

R

47

Carbon/Albany

9

Jorgensen, Pete

D

16

Teton

10

Childers, Charles, "Pat"

R

50

Park

11

Landon, Jack Jr.

R

30

Sheridan

12

Meuli, Larry

R

8

Laramie

13

Gilmore, Mary

D

59

Natrona

14

Alden, Deborah

R

3

Converse/Platte

15

Diercks, Ross

D

2

Niobrara/Weston/Converse/Goshen

16

Luthi, Randall

R

21

Lincoln

16

Nicholas, Philip

R

14

Albany

18

Illoway, Pete

R

42

Laramie

19

Buchanan, Edward

R

4

Goshen

20

Johnson, Lorna

D

45

Albany

20

Cohee, Roy

R

35

Natrona

22

Prosser, Ed

R

43

Laramie

23

Gentile, Liz

D

36

Natrona

24

Iekel, Jerry

R

29

Sheridan

24

Wasserburger, Jeff

R

32

Campbell

26

Hageman, James

R

5

Goshen/Platte

27

Powers, Mick

R

18

Uinta/Sweetwater

28

Esquibel, Floyd

D

44

Laramie

29

Latta, Frank

R

53

Campbell

29

Edwards, Dave

R

6

Converse

31

Olsen, Monte

R

22

Lincoln/Sublette/Teton

32

Ross, Tony

R

7

Laramie

32

Petersen, Owen

R

19

Uinta

34

Reese, Wayne

D

11

Laramie

34

Simpson, Colin

R

24

Park

36

Berger, Rosie

R

51

Sheridan

37

Warren, Jane

D

13

Albany

37

McMurtrey, George

R

52

Campbell

39

Harshman, Steve

R

37

Natrona

40

Jansen, Jene

R

31

Campbell

40

Johnson, Wayne

R

9

Laramie

42

Harvey, Elaine

R

26

BigHorn/Park

43

Morgan, Layton

D

12

Laramie

44

Thompson, Bill

D

60

Sweetwater

45

Lockhart, Thomas

R

57

Natrona

46

Osborn, Douglas

R

40

Johnson/Sheridan

47

Cooper, Stan

R

20

Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater

48

Meyer, Saundra

D

49

Uinta

48

Parady, Fred

R

17

Sweetwater

50

Slater, Jim

R

46

Albany

51

Miller, David

R

55

Fremont

52

Bagby, George

D

15

Carbon

53

McOmie, Del

R

54

Fremont

53

Hinckley, Becket

R

41

Laramie

55

Hastert, John

D

39

Sweetwater

56

Martin, Marty

D

48

SWFremont/Sweetwater

57

Law, Clarene

R

23

Fremont/Teton

58

Walsh, Tom

R

56

Natrona

59

Tipton, Harry*

R

33

Fremont

N/A

 * Deceased.


 

The 2004 Senate Index. The most liberty-supporting legislators are at the top of the table.

Name

Party

District

District Location (county)

Rank

Case, Cale

R

25

Fremont

1

Goodenough, Keith

D

28

Natrona

2

Cathcart, Rich

D

6

Laramie

3

Mockler, Jayne

D

8

Laramie

3

Erb, Richard "Dick"

R

24

Campbell

5

Schiffer, John

R

22

Sheridan/Johnson

6

Decaria, Ken

D

15

Uinta

7

Job, Rae Lynn

D

12

Sweetwater/Fremont

8

Burns, Bruce

R

21

Sheridan

9

Coe, Henry "Hank"

R

18

Park

9

Kunz, April Brimmer

R

4

Laramie

9

Northrup, Laness

R

19

Big Horn/E Park

12

Hines, John

R

23

Campbell

13

Larson, Grant

R

17

Teton/Fremont

14

Hanes, John

R

5

Laramie

15

Devin, Irene

R

10

Albany

16

Meier, Curt

R

3

Goshen/Platte

16

Vasey, Bill

D

11

Albany/Carbon

18

Caller, Larry

D

14

Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta

19

Boggs, Tex

D

13

Sweetwater

20

Peck, Robert

R

26

Fremont

21

Roberts, Delaine

R

16

Lincoln/Sublette/Teton

21

Geis, Gerald

R

20

S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park/Washakie

23

Hawks, Bill

R

29

Natrona

23

Massie, Mike

D

9

Albany

23

Sessions, Kathryn

D

7

Laramie

26

Townsend, C.L. "Chuck"

R

1

Crook/Weston/E Converse/Niobrara/NE Goshen

27

Scott, Charles

R

30

Natrona

28

Anderson, Jim

R

2

Converse/Platte

29

Barrasso, John

R

27

Natrona

30