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Oklahoma State Legislators Rated

By: Constitution Staff

This issue of the Oklahoma Constitution presents the 37th annual Oklahoma Conservative Index, rating our state legislators. Members of each house of the Oklahoma Legislature were rated on ten key votes. A favorable vote on these issues represents a belief in limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, constitutional government, and traditional standards.

After taking suggestions from conservatives leaders, the staff of the Oklahoma Constitution submitted bills to a vote of the membership of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) for recommendations of the ten key votes. The legislators were rated based on their votes on bills such as borrowing money to add yet another state museum, pushing back on federal EPA mandates, interfering with the free market economy, protecting the life, and defending religious liberty.

The Top Conservative and Top Liberal legislators were selected by their scores on the Index. Making the Top Conservatives list were those lawmakers who scored 80%, or better. On the Top Liberals list were those who made 20%, or less.

THE TOP CONSERVATIVES

Six legislators, five in the House and one in the Senate, scored a perfect 100% conservative rating this year. House members scoring 100% included David Brumbaugh (Broken Arrow), Travis Dunlap (Bartlesville), Mark McCullough (Sapulpa), Jason Murphey (Guthrie), and Chuck Strohm of Jenks. Nathan Dahm (Broken Arrow) in the Senate also scored 100%.

The next highest score was a 93% by Senator Anthony Sykes of Moore. Scoring 93% in the House were Dan Fisher (El Reno), and Sally Kern (Oklahoma City).

Earning a score of 90% were House members Chad Caldwell (Enid), Dennis Casey (Morrison), David Derby (Owasso), Jon Echols (Oklahoma City), George Faught (Muskogee), Randy Grau (Edmond), Elise Hall (Oklahoma City), Charles McCall (Atoka), Randy McDaniel (Edmond), Lewis Moore (Arcadia), and Scooter Park (Devol). Senators with a 90% score were Mark Allen (Spiro), Stephanie Bice (Oklahoma City), Clark Jolley (Edmond), and Greg Treat of Edmond.

All legislators who scored 80%, or better, are also on the list of Top Conservatives.

TOP LIBERALS

No legislators scored zero conservative this year, but the legislator with the lowest Conservative score was Emily Virgin of Norman, a member of the House, who scored a dismal 10%. The next lowest score was from a senator, John Sparks, also of Norman, who could only manage 12%.

House member Cory Williams from Stillwater had a lowly 13%. Senator Jeannie McDaniel of Tulsa had a score of 16%, which tied her with George Young, a House member from Oklahoma City.

Mike Shelton (Oklahoma City) had a score of 19%, and Kay Floyd, also of Oklahoma City, with a 20% score, round out the Top Liberals list this year.

A description of the bills used for this year's ratings, a list of the all legislators with their vote on each of the ten bills, their total score for this year, and their Cumulative Average including scores from previous years, is found by clicking the box labeled "How conservative is your legislator?" in the upper right corner of our home page.

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