Wyoming Liberty Index, 2005 General Session

Last revised 19 October 2005

The 2005 Wyoming Liberty Index is now available. The tables for the two houses of the Wyoming legislature are shown below.

The 2005 Index background information is broken into the following pages:

Spreadsheet (an Office97 Excel file; do you need an Excel viewer?)
Discussion of the session bills
Methodology used this year
Membership changes in the legislature

The Top Dozen liberty-supporting members in the House were (in order) Representatives Jorgensen, Philp, Jones, Anderson, Hageman, Miller, Semlek, Alden, Quarberg, Brechtel, Bucholz, and Reese. This year we can say with assurance that Pete Jorgensen was by far the most liberty-supporting member of the House of Representatives; the other members in the Top Dozen were clustered closely enough in score that it is uncertain in what order they should actually be listed.

The Need Improvement - the most liberty-hostile members - were (in order) Representatives White and Martin (tied for 12th worst), Petersen, Harshman, Hastert, Hinckley, Osborn, Berger, Hammons, Warren, Illoway, Iekel, and Wasserberger. From the scoring it looks as though either Rep. Wasserburger or Rep. Iekel had earned the title of most liberty-hostile member, although it is impossible to say which as their scores were close.

The Top Half-Dozen liberty-supporting members in the Senate were (in order) Senators Case, Mockler, Hines, Schiffer, Hanes, and Burns. For the second year running (as long as we have been rating the Senate), Senator Cale Case is shown to be the most liberty-supporting member of the Senate by a large margin. Kudos to Senator Case!

The Senate Need Improvement - the most liberty-hostile members - were (in order) Senators Job, Vasey, Ross, Sessions, Cooper, and Boggs. It's clear from the scoring that Senator Tex Boggs was the most liberty-hostile member of the Senate in 2005.

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

The 2005 Wyoming House Index

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

NamePartyDistrictDistrict LocationRank
Pete JorgensenD16Teton1
Frank PhilpR34Fremont2
Alan JonesR25Park3
Rodney "Pete" AndersonR10Laramie4
James C. HagemanR5Goshen/Platte5
David MillerR55Fremont6
Mark SemlekR1Crook/Weston6
Deborah AldenR3Converse/Platte8
Lorraine QuarbergR28S. Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park8
Bob BrechtelR38Natrona10
Kurt S. BucholzR47Carbon/Albany10
Wayne ReeseD11Laramie10
Frank LattaR53Campbell13
Larry MeuliR8Laramie13
W. Patrick GogglesD33Fremont15
Ross DiercksD2Niobrara/Weston/Converse/Goshen16
Kermit C. BrownR14Albany17
Mary Meyer GilmoreD59Natrona17
Bryan PedersenR9Laramie19
Keith GingeryR23Fremont/Teton19
Charles P. "Pat" ChildersR50Park21
Layton MorganD12Laramie21
Jack Landon Jr.R30Sheridan23
Thomas A. LockhartR57Natrona23
Jim SlaterR46Albany25
Bill ThompsonD60Sweetwater26
Burke JacksonR52Campbell26
Ann RobinsonD58Natrona28
Colin M. SimpsonR24Park28
Doug SamuelsonR7Laramie30
Edward A. BuchananR4Goshen30
Randall B. LuthiR21Lincoln30
Floyd A. EsquibelD44Laramie33
Gerald GayR36Natrona34
Stephen WattR17Sweetwater34
Monte OlsenR22Lincoln/Sublette/Teton36
Mick PowersR18Uinta/Sweetwater37
Thomas E. Lubnau IIR31Campbell37
Dan ZwonitzerR43Laramie39
Kathy DavisonR20Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater39
Elaine HarveyR26Big Horn/Park41
Roy CoheeR35Natrona41
Bruce BarnardR49Uinta43
Del McOmieR54Fremont44
Tom WalshR56Natrona44
Dave EdwardsR6Converse46
George BagbyD15Carbon47
Kevin A. WhiteR45Albany48
Marty MartinD48SW Fremont/Sweetwater48
Owen PetersenR19Uinta50
Steve HarshmanR37Natrona50
John M. HastertD39Sweetwater52
Becket HinckleyR41Laramie53
Douglas D. OsbornR40Johnson/Sheridan53
Rosie BergerR51Sheridan55
Debbie HammonsD27Washakie56
Jane WarrenD13Albany57
Pete IllowayR42Laramie58
Jerry IekelR29Sheridan59
Jeff WasserburgerR32Campbell60

The 2005 Wyoming Senate Index

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

NamePartyDistrictDistrict LocationRank
Cale CaseR25Fremont1
E. Jayne MocklerD8Laramie2
John HinesR23Campbell3
John SchifferR22Sheridan/Johnson3
John HanesR5Laramie5
Bruce BurnsR21Sheridan6
Grant C. LarsonR17Teton/Fremont7
Bill HawksR29Natrona8
Michael Von FlaternR24Campbell8
Curt MeierR3Goshen/Platte10
Phil NicholasR10Albany10
Laness NorthrupR19Big Horn/E Park12
Wayne H. JohnsonR6Laramie12
Charles TownsendR1Crook/Weston/E Conv./Niobrara/NE Goshen14
Pat AullmanR16Lincoln/Sublette/Teton14
Robert A. PeckR26Fremont14
Henry H. R. "Hank" CoeR18Park17
Jim AndersonR2Converse/Platte18
Gerald E. GeisR20S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park/Washakie19
Ken DecariaD15Uinta20
Mike MassieD9Albany20
Charles K. ScottR30Natrona22
John BarrassoR27Natrona22
Kit JenningsR28Natrona24
Rae Lynn JobD12Sweetwater/Fremont25
Bill VaseyD11Albany/Carbon26
Tony RossR4Laramie27
Kathryn SessionsD7Laramie28
Stan CooperR14Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta29
Tex BoggsD13Sweetwater30