Oklahoma Legislators Rated
By: Constitution Staff
This issue of the Oklahoma Constitution presents the 39th 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 fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, free enterprise, and constitutional government.
After taking suggestions from conservative leaders, the staff of the Oklahoma Constitution submitted bills to a vote of the membership of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) to determine the ten key votes. The legislators were rated based on their votes on bills involving taxes and fees, tax credits, interference in free markets, protecting liberty, and the right to keep and bear arms.
The average score this year was 32% in the House and 33% in the Senate. 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 more. On the Top Liberals list were those making 20% or less.
THE TOP CONSERVATIVES
Three legislators, two in the House and one in the Senate, scored a perfect 100% conservative rating this year. House members scoring 100% were Tommy Hardin (Madill) and Jason Murphy (Guthrie). Senator Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow also scored 100%.
The next highest scores were 90% made by Representatives Kevin Calvey (Oklahoma City) and Chuck Strohm (Jenks) of the House. Also scoring 90% were Josh Brecheen (Coalgate) and Anthony Sykes (Moore) of the Senate.
Representative Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow scored 83%, completing the list of Top Conservatives.
THE TOP LIBERALS
While no legislators scored zero conservative this year, the number of legislators with scores placing them on the Top Liberals list is the largest in the 39 year history of the Index. Almost a third of the legislators earned this notorious distinction. Check your legislator’s score to see if they made the list. A few legislators did not cast a single conservative vote on the Index. The only points they garnered are the points assigned when they missed a vote. House members in this category were Jon Enns of Enid (6%), Mark McBride (9%), and Tess Teague of Choctaw (9%). In the Senate, Ervin Yen of Oklahoma City scored 3 percent, the lowest score in the entire Legislature.
A description of the bills used for this year’s ratings, a list of all the legislators with their vote on each of the ten bills, their total score for this year, and their Cumulative Average which includes scores from any previous years served, is available by clicking the box labeled “How Conservative is your legislator?” in the upper right corner of this website.
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