2015 Liberty Rating

This is the twelfth annual Liberty Rating issued by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, based on 50 roll call votes in the House and 22 in the Senate. This year the House earned a collective grade of C and the Senate a C+. We’d like to congratulate our Legislator of the Year, Dan Itse. Rep. Itse, currently serving his eighth term, received a perfect score, and a grade of A+. Representative Itse has been on the five year honor roll every year since it was established in 2010, and served as the NHLA's political director from 2007-2008. We would also like to thank our Activist of the Year, Bill Alleman, for his tireless work to improve government transparency, and defend the right to record police.

Individual grades are based on pro-liberty or anti-liberty roll call votes on bills that have been included in our Gold Standard liberty voting guides, which are distributed to Senators and Representatives each session day. The Legislator of the Year is awarded to the individual with the highest score calculated from these votes.

Pro-liberty votes protect individual freedom of choice and personal responsibility, recognize the superiority of freedom over coercion, respect the citizen's right of self-ownership, promote governance that is transparent, accountable, and adheres to the constitution, and recognize the value of voluntary economic decisions. Anti-liberty votes replace self-governance with interventionist regulation, assume rules made by agencies backed by force are superior to voluntary choices backed by personal accountability, and assume a better economy can be managed by a central authority that compels people and businesses to pay for policies they may not willingly support. 

The Liberty Rating is the result of hundreds of hours of work by many volunteers who have read and analyzed bills, testified before committees, called and written their representatives, worked on our other signature publication, the Gold Standard, and culled extensive data from legislative voting records.

We encourage New Hampshire citizens to learn the facts about how their elected representatives are voting in Concord and to use this tool to hold them accountable. This report card serves as a valuable voter guide when these same representatives are running for re-election. Questions? Comments? Errata? Contact the NHLA Director of Research, at research@nhliberty.org. Other years’ Liberty Ratings are available here.   

 

2015 LIBERTY RATING PDF DOWNLOAD 

 

 House of Representatives

A+   B+   C+   D+   F
CT
(33, 8%)   (22, 6%)   (23, 6%)   (13, 3%)   (49, 12%)
(37, 9%)
Itse, Daniel   Tamburello, Daniel   Scontsas, Lisa   Matthews, Carolyn   Karrick, David
Manley, Jonathan
Sylvia, Michael   Fisher, Robert   Griffin, Barbara   Devine, James   Spang, Judith
Horrigan, Timothy
Howard, Jr., Raymond   Twombly, Timothy   Ward, Joanne   Roberts, Kris   Chase, Cynthia
Gottling, Suzanne
Murphy, Keith   Coffey, James   Ferrante, Beverly   Gargasz, Carolyn   Higgins, Patricia
O'Brien, Michael
Burt, John   Pitre, Joseph   Friel, William   Gardner, Janice   Cushing, Robert
Gagnon, Raymond
Johnson, Eric   Wuelper, Kurt   Griffin, Mary   Shaw, Barbara   Brown, Pamela
Mangipudi, Latha
Kellogg, Shem   Mullen, John   Fesh, Robert   Beaulieu, Jane   Soucy, Timothy
Backus, Robert
Kaczynski, Jr., Thomas   Stepanek, Stephen   O'Connor, John   Booras, Efstathia   Kaen, Naida
Harvey, Suzanne
Eastman, Eric   Gordon, Richard   Webb, James   Kidder, David   McBeath, Rebecca
Freitas, Mary
Abramson, Max   Rollins, Skip   McMahon, Charles   Berube, Roger   Wheeler, Deborah
Robertson, Timothy
Ferreira, Elizabeth   Wood, David   Wolf, Terry   Cardon, G. Thomas   Stevens, Audrey
Snow, Kendall
Aldrich, Glen   Bridge, Ernest   Woitkun, Steven   Theberge, Robert   Hansberry, Daniel
Abbott, Michael
Seaworth, Brian   Gionet, Edmond   Chandler, Gene   Irwin, Virginia   Bixby, Peter
Woodbury, David
McConnell, James   LeBreche, Shari   Sterling, Franklin  

Hennessey, Martha
Heffron, Frank
Comeau, Ed   Gannon, William   Barry, Richard   D
Butler, Edward
Bartlett, Christy
Brewster, Michael   Kolodziej, Walter   Kurk, Neal   (13, 3%)
Hirsch, Geoffrey
Williams, Kermit
Hannon, Joseph   Seidel, Carl   Infantine, William   Pierce, David
Cloutier, John
Weber, Lucy
Moore, Josh   Cook, Allen   Chase, Francis   Converse, Larry
Long, Patrick
Wall, Janet
Baldasaro, Alfred   McCarthy, Frank   Welch, David   Forest, Armand
Sherman, Thomas
Henle, Paul
McGuire, Carol   Sanborn, Laurie   Milz, David   O'Hearne, Andrew
Cornell, Patricia
Doherty, David
Sullivan, Victoria   Dumais, Russell   McConkey, Mark   Bordenet, John
Sullivan, Daniel
Rollo, Deanna
Groen, Warren   Long, Douglas   Walsh, Thomas
Piper, Wendy
Frazer, June
Ford, Susan
Bouldin, Amanda  

Balcom, John
Pearson, William
Lovejoy, Patricia
Kenison, Linda
Spillane, James   B


Guerette, C. Lee
Phillips, Larry
DiSesa, Len
Ammon, Keith   (22, 6%)
C
Brown, Chris
Ebel, Karen
Smith, Suzanne
McGuire, Dan   Brown, Duane
(21 total, 5%)
Turcotte, Alan
Heath, Mary
Berch, Paul
Tucker, Pamela   Souza, Kathleen
Hunt, John
Sprague, Dale
DiSilvestro, Linda
Gile, Mary
Hogan, Edith
Hansen, Peter
Hagan, Joseph
DiFranco, Debbie
O'Neil, William
Southworth, Thomas
Simmons, Tammy
Bush, Carol
Martel, Andre
Smith, Marjorie
Wallner, Mary Jane
Schuett, Dianne
Kappler, Lawrence
Potucek, John
Fothergill, John


Moynihan, Wayne
Almy, Susan
Fraser, Valerie
Laware, Thomas
Palmer, Barry
D-
Alicea, Caroletta
Sad, Tara
Bates, David
Bickford, David
Abrami, Patrick
(44, 11%)
Nordgren, Sharon
Cahill, Michael
Lachance, Joseph
Rappaport, Laurence
Guthrie, Joseph
Massimilla, Linda
Berrien, Skip
MacKay, James


Weyler, Kenneth
Packard, Sherman
Rice, Chip
Simpson, Alexis
Rogers, Katherine
A
Bailey, Brad
Christensen, Chris
Ley, Douglas
Schmidt, Peter
Ames, Richard
(27, 7%)
Luther, Robert
Takesian, Charlene
Oxenham, Lee
Gordon, Pamela
Shurtleff, Stephen
Beaudoin, Steven
Donovan, Daniel
McKinney, Betsy
French, Barbara
Cooney, Mary
Baber, William
Rice, Kimberly
Chirichiello, Brian
DeSimone, Debra
Deloge, Helen
Rosenwald, Cindy

Goulette, William
Byron, Frank
Gray, James
Hatch, William
Burton, Wayne

Hill, Gregory
Hennessey, Erin
Nigrello, Robert
Schmidt, Andrew
Shepardson, Marjorie

Marston, Dick
Spanos, Peter
Rowe, Robert
Cilley, Jacalyn
Parkhurst, Henry

Avellani, Lino
Adams, Christopher
Richardson, Herbert
Roberts, Carol
Abel, Richard

Knowles, Robert
Gallagher, Brian
Tilton, Franklin
Vann, Ivy
Pantelakos, Laura

French, Harold
Smith, Gregory
Christie, Andrew
Cohen, Alan
Townsend, Charles

Fromuth, Bart
Horn, Werner
Hess, David
Saunderson, George
Walsh, Robert

O'Brien, William
Darrow, Stephen
Major, Norman
Moffett, Howard
Myler, Mel

Hull, Robert
Ulery, Jordan
Pellegrino, Anthony
Bennett, Travis
Shattuck, Gilman

True, Chris




Eaton, Daniel
Cali-Pitts, Jacqueline

Zaricki, Nick
B-
C-
McNamara, Richard
Maes, Kevin

Ingbretson, Paul   (20, 5%)   (25, 6%)   Thomas, Yvonne        
Vadney, Herbert   LeBrun, Donald   Azarian, Gary   Treleaven, Susan        
Turcotte, Leonard   Varney, Peter   Nelson, Bill   Luneau, David        
Notter, Jeanine   Belanger, James   Smith, Steven   Smith, Timothy        
Hoell, JR   McCarthy, Peggy   Hinch, Richard   Gidge, Kenneth        
Tasker, Kyle   Danielson, David   Fields, Dennis   Carson, Clyde        
Halstead, Carolyn   Christiansen, Lars   Kotowski, Frank   Leishman, Peter        
Marple, Richard   Lundgren, David   Umberger, Karen   Tatro, Bruce        
Edelblut, Frank   Biggie, Barbara   Elliott, Robert   Herbert, Christopher        
Cordelli, Glenn   Leeman, Don   Sytek, John   Ratzki, Mario        
Duarte, Joe   Rouillard, Claire   Sanders, Elisabeth   Bradley, Paula        
Whitehouse, Joshua   Shackett, Jeffrey   Doucette, Fred   Goley, Jeffrey        
Rideout, Leon   Belanger, Ronald   Parker, Harold   Francese, Paula        
Harris, Jeffrey   Barnes, Arthur   Ladd, Rick   Ward, Gerald        
    Allen, Mary   Manning, John   Verschueren, James        
A-   Introne, Robert   Crawford, Karel   Sykes, George        
(26, 7%)   Katsakiores, Phyllis   Gonzalez, Carlos   Jack, Martin        
Hodgdon, Bruce   Hurt, George   Emerson, Susan   Borden, David        
Christie, Rick   Peterson, Ken   Tilton, Benjamin   Cote, David        
Cheney, Catherine   Ober, Lynne   Grenier, James   Gorman, Mary        
Kuch, Bill   Gagne, Larry   Straight, Phillip   White, Andrew        
McLean, Mark       Haefner, Robert   Patten, Dick        
Thomas, Douglas       Hoelzel, Kathleen   Froburg, Alethea        
Wright, Ted       Schmidt, Stephen   Buco, Thomas        
Schroadter, Adam       Tholl, John   Ticehurst, Susan        
Estevez, Eric       Proulx, Mark   Porter, Marjorie        
Murotake, David           Ward, Kenneth        
Vose, Michael                    
Schleien, Eric                    
Emerick, J. Tracy                    
Parison, James                    
Ohm, Bill                    
Rice, Frederick                    
Osborne, Jason                    
Boehm, Ralph                    
Jones, Laura                    
McClarren, Donald                    
Prudhomme-O'Brien, Katherine                    
Gould, Linda                    
Edwards, Elizabeth                    
Martin, John                    
Ober, Russell                    
Hopper, Gary                    

 

 

Senate

Sanborn, Andy
A+
 
Stiles, Nancy
B
Avard, Kevin
A
 
Little, Gerald
B-
Daniels, Gary
A
 
Pierce, David
D
Birdsell, Regina
A
 
Woodburn, Jeff
D
Morse, Chuck
A-
 
D'Allesandro, Lou
D-
Reagan, John
A-
 
Watters, David
D-
Prescott, Russell
A-
 
Hosmer, Andrew
D-
Bradley, Jeb
A-
 
Soucy, Donna
D-
Forrester, Jeanie
A-
 
Feltes, Dan
D-
Carson, Sharon
B+
 
Lasky, Bette
D-
Cataldo, Sam
B
 
Fuller Clark, Martha
F
Boutin, David
B
 
Kelly, Molly
CT

 

 

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