Rating Group: Sutherland Institute

2012 Positions

Issues: Conservative

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State Office Name Party Rating
UT State House - 7 Ryan Wilcox Republican 100%
UT State House - 15 Brad Wilson Republican 77%
UT State House - 16 Steve Handy Republican 85%
UT State House - 17 Stewart Barlow Republican 100%
UT State House - 21 Douglas Sagers Republican 69%
UT State House - 25 Joel Briscoe Democratic 31%
UT State House - 28 Brian King Democratic 23%
UT State House - 35 Mark Wheatley Democratic 20%
UT State House - 39 James Dunnigan Republican 69%
UT State House - 45 Steve Eliason Republican 73%
UT State House - 47 Ken Ivory Republican 92%
UT State House - 59 Val Peterson Republican 100%
UT State House - 69 Christine Watkins Republican 38%
UT State House - 71 Bradley Last Republican 90%
UT State House - 74 V. Lowry Snow Republican 77%
UT State Senate - 1 Luz Escamilla Democratic 25%
UT State Senate - 3 Gene Davis Democratic 42%
UT State Senate - 5 Karen Mayne Democratic 36%
UT State Senate - 6 Wayne Harper Republican 91%
UT State Senate - 11 Dan McCay Republican 100%
UT State Senate - 12 Daniel Thatcher Republican 92%
UT State Senate - 15 Keith Grover Republican 100%
UT State Senate - 16 Curt Bramble Republican 100%
UT State Senate - 21 Jerry Stevenson Republican 100%
UT State Senate - 22 Stuart Adams Republican 100%
UT State Senate - 23 Todd Weiler Republican 92%
UT State Senate - 27 David Hinkins Republican 92%
UT State Senate - 28 Evan Vickers Republican 92%
UT State Senate - 29 Don Ipson Republican 92%
UT Auditor John Dougall Republican 91%
UT Chair of the Tax Commission John Valentine 100%
UT Commissioner - At-Large Gage Froerer Republican 92%
UT Commissioner - At-Large Scott Jenkins Republican 100%
Casey Anderson 100%
Johnny Anderson 64%
Patrice Arent 25%
Roger Barrus 92%
Jim Bird 54%
Derek Brown 77%
Melvin Brown 91%
David Butterfield 83%
Rebecca Chavez-Houck 23%
Allen Christensen 100%
LaVar Christensen 92%
Tim Cosgrove 31%
Fred Cox 85%
Brad Daw 100%
Margaret Dayton 92%
Brad Dee 100%
Brian Doughty 31%
Jack Draxler 82%
Susan Duckworth 50%
Becky Edwards 83%
Janice Fisher 27%
Craig Frank 100%
Brad Galvez 92%
Francis Gibson 85%
Richard Greenwood 62%
Lynn Hemingway 31%
Neal Hendrickson 58%
Christopher Herrod 100%
Lyle Hillyard 67%
Gregory Hughes 100%
Eric Hutchings 83%
Patricia Jones 45%
Todd Kiser 85%
Peter Knudson 83%
David Litvack 31%
Becky Lockhart 100%
Mark Madsen 100%
John Mathis 92%
Ben McAdams 33%
Kay McIff 83%
Ronda Menlove 100%
Karen Morgan 58%
Michael Morley 100%
Merlynn Newbold 92%
Wayne Niederhauser 100%
Jim Nielson 100%
Michael Noel 100%
Curtis Oda 100%
Ralph Okerlund 100%
Aaron Osmond 100%
Patrick Painter 100%
Lee Perry 85%
Jeremy Peterson 100%
Dixon Pitcher 77%
Marie Poulson 33%
Kraig Powell 62%
Paul Ray 80%
Stuart Reid 100%
Ross Romero 25%
Stephen Sandstrom 92%
Dean Sanpei 100%
Jennifer Seelig 23%
Howard Stephenson 100%
Kenneth Sumsion 100%
Stephen Urquhart 92%
Kevin Van Tassell 90%
Michael Waddoups 91%
State Office Name Party Rating
UT State House - 7 Ryan Wilcox R 100%
UT State House - 15 Brad Wilson R 77%
UT State House - 16 Steve Handy R 85%
UT State House - 17 Stewart Barlow R 100%
UT State House - 21 Douglas Sagers R 69%
UT State House - 25 Joel Briscoe D 31%
UT State House - 28 Brian King D 23%
UT State House - 35 Mark Wheatley D 20%
UT State House - 39 James Dunnigan R 69%
UT State House - 45 Steve Eliason R 73%
UT State House - 47 Ken Ivory R 92%
UT State House - 59 Val Peterson R 100%
UT State House - 69 Christine Watkins R 38%
UT State House - 71 Bradley Last R 90%
UT State House - 74 V. Lowry Snow R 77%
UT State Senate - 1 Luz Escamilla D 25%
UT State Senate - 3 Gene Davis D 42%
UT State Senate - 5 Karen Mayne D 36%
UT State Senate - 6 Wayne Harper R 91%
UT State Senate - 11 Dan McCay R 100%
UT State Senate - 12 Daniel Thatcher R 92%
UT State Senate - 15 Keith Grover R 100%
UT State Senate - 16 Curt Bramble R 100%
UT State Senate - 21 Jerry Stevenson R 100%
UT State Senate - 22 Stuart Adams R 100%
UT State Senate - 23 Todd Weiler R 92%
UT State Senate - 27 David Hinkins R 92%
UT State Senate - 28 Evan Vickers R 92%
UT State Senate - 29 Don Ipson R 92%
UT Auditor John Dougall R 91%
UT Chair of the Tax Commission John Valentine 100%
UT Commissioner - At-Large Gage Froerer R 92%
UT Commissioner - At-Large Scott Jenkins R 100%
Casey Anderson 100%
Johnny Anderson 64%
Patrice Arent 25%
Roger Barrus 92%
Jim Bird 54%
Derek Brown 77%
Melvin Brown 91%
David Butterfield 83%
Rebecca Chavez-Houck 23%
Allen Christensen 100%
LaVar Christensen 92%
Tim Cosgrove 31%
Fred Cox 85%
Brad Daw 100%
Margaret Dayton 92%
Brad Dee 100%
Brian Doughty 31%
Jack Draxler 82%
Susan Duckworth 50%
Becky Edwards 83%
Janice Fisher 27%
Craig Frank 100%
Brad Galvez 92%
Francis Gibson 85%
Richard Greenwood 62%
Lynn Hemingway 31%
Neal Hendrickson 58%
Christopher Herrod 100%
Lyle Hillyard 67%
Gregory Hughes 100%
Eric Hutchings 83%
Patricia Jones 45%
Todd Kiser 85%
Peter Knudson 83%
David Litvack 31%
Becky Lockhart 100%
Mark Madsen 100%
John Mathis 92%
Ben McAdams 33%
Kay McIff 83%
Ronda Menlove 100%
Karen Morgan 58%
Michael Morley 100%
Merlynn Newbold 92%
Wayne Niederhauser 100%
Jim Nielson 100%
Michael Noel 100%
Curtis Oda 100%
Ralph Okerlund 100%
Aaron Osmond 100%
Patrick Painter 100%
Lee Perry 85%
Jeremy Peterson 100%
Dixon Pitcher 77%
Marie Poulson 33%
Kraig Powell 62%
Paul Ray 80%
Stuart Reid 100%
Ross Romero 25%
Stephen Sandstrom 92%
Dean Sanpei 100%
Jennifer Seelig 23%
Howard Stephenson 100%
Kenneth Sumsion 100%
Stephen Urquhart 92%
Kevin Van Tassell 90%
Michael Waddoups 91%
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