Wyoming Liberty Index, 2008 Budget Session

Last revised 11 Aug 2008

The 2008 Wyoming Liberty Index is now available. The tables for the two houses of the Wyoming legislature are shown below.

The 2008 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 Brechtel, Teeters, Wallis, Miller, Shepperson, Mercer, Quarberg, Semlek, Hallinan, Philp, Olsen, and Dockstader. Brechtel wins the title of "Most Liberty-Friendly Member of the House for 2008", this year by a large margin, now the third time he has earned that title. Bravo!

The Need Improvement - those members who most consistently voted to limit freedom - were (in order) Representatives Brown, Esquibel (Floyd), Craft, Petersen, McOmie, Slater, Thompson, Throne, Hammons, Warren, Millin, and in last place, Blake. Representative Stan Blake has earned the title of "Most Liberty-Hostile Member of the House for 2008".

The Top Half-Dozen liberty-supporting members in the Senate were (in order) Senators Case, Larson, Nicholas, Hines, Coe and Bebout. For the fifth year running (as long as we have been rating the Senate), Senator Cale Case has come out on top; he earns the title of the "Most Liberty-Friendly Member of the Senate for 2008" by a very large margin. Kudos yet again to Senator Case!

The Senate Need Improvement - those members who most consistently voted to limit freedom - were (in order) Senators Hastert, Massie, Aullman, Cooper, Sessions, and Fecht. Senator Bob Fecht has earned the title of "Most Liberty-Hostile Member of the Senate for 2008".

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

The 2008 Wyoming House Index

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

NameParDistDistrict LocationRank
Bob BrechtelR38Natrona1
Matt TeetersR5Goshen/Platte2
Sue WallisR52Campbell3
David MillerR55Fremont4
Lisa SheppersonR58Natrona5
Erin MercerR53Campbell6
Lorraine QuarbergR28S. Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park7
Mark SemlekR1Crook/Weston8
Timothy HallinanR32Campbell9
Frank PhilpR34Fremont10
Monte OlsenR22Lincoln/Sublette/Teton11
Dan DockstaderR21Lincoln12
Mike MaddenR40Johnson/Sheridan13
Ross DiercksD2Niobrara/Weston/Converse/Goshen14
Alan JonesR25Park14
Tim StubsonR56Natrona16
Deborah AldenR3Converse/Platte17
Kathy DavisonR20Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater18
Thomas A. LockhartR57Natrona18
Colin M. SimpsonR24Park20
Edward A. BuchananR4Goshen21
Amy EdmondsR12Laramie22
William StewardR47Carbon/Albany22
Keith GingeryR23Fremont/Teton24
Thomas E. Lubnau IIR31Campbell25
Doug SamuelsonR7Laramie25
Elaine HarveyR26Big Horn/Park27
Dave ZwonitzerR9Laramie27
W. Patrick GogglesD33Fremont29
Dan ZwonitzerR43Laramie30
Saundra MeyerD49Uinta31
Pete IllowayR42Laramie32
Allen JaggiR18Uinta/Sweetwater33
Mary Meyer GilmoreD59Natrona34
Charles P. "Pat" ChildersR50Park35
Jack Landon Jr.R30Sheridan36
Steve HarshmanR37Natrona37
Jerry IekelR29Sheridan38
Rosie BergerR51Sheridan39
Pete JorgensenD16Teton40
Roy CoheeR35Natrona41
Mary HalesD36Natrona41
Ken EsquibelD41Laramie43
Rodney "Pete" AndersonR10Laramie44
Dave EdwardsR6Converse45
Marty MartinD48SW Fremont/Sweetwater46
Kevin A. WhiteR45Albany46
George BagbyD15Carbon48
Kermit C. BrownR14Albany49
Floyd A. EsquibelD44Laramie49
Bernadine CraftD17Sweetwater51
Owen PetersenR19Uinta52
Del McOmieR54Fremont53
Jim SlaterR46Albany54
Bill ThompsonD60Sweetwater54
Mary ThroneD11Laramie56
Debbie HammonsD27Washakie57
Jane WarrenD13Albany57
Lori MillinD8Laramie59
Stan BlakeD39Sweetwater60

The 2008 Wyoming Senate Index

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

NameParDistDistrict LocationRank
Cale CaseR25Fremont1
Grant C. LarsonR17Teton/Fremont2
Phil NicholasR10Albany3
John HinesR23Campbell4
Henry H. R. "Hank" CoeR18Park5
Eli BeboutR26Fremont6
Drew PerkinsR29Natrona7
Charles TownsendR1Crook/Weston/E Converse/Niobrara/NE Goshen7
Kit JenningsR28Natrona9
Bruce BurnsR21Sheridan10
Charles K. ScottR30Natrona10
Wayne H. JohnsonR6Laramie12
Curt MeierR3Goshen/Platte13
Bill VaseyD11Albany/Carbon13
Michael Von FlaternR24Campbell13
Ray PetersonR19Big Horn/E Park16
Ken DecariaD15Uinta17
E. Jayne MocklerD8Laramie18
Gerald E. GeisR20S Big Horn/Hot Springs/SE Park/Washakie19
Jim AndersonR2Converse/Platte20
Rae Lynn JobD12Sweetwater/Fremont21
Tony RossR4Laramie22
Bill LandenR27Natrona23
John SchifferR22Sheridan/Johnson24
John HastertD13Sweetwater25
Mike MassieD9Albany26
Pat AullmanR16Lincoln/Sublette/Teton27
Stan CooperR14Lincoln/Sublette/Sweetwater/Uinta28
Kathryn SessionsD7Laramie28
Bob FechtR5Laramie30