This is the thirteenth annual Liberty Rating issued by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, based on 98 roll call votes in the House, 37 roll call votes in the Senate, and 157 pieces of sponsored legislation. 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, JR Hoell. Rep. Hoell, currently serving his third term, received a grade of A+. Representative Hoell has scored A- or better in every year since he was first elected, and is a member of the five year honor roll. Special congratulations to Rep. John Burt for achieving a perfect voting score, and the best voting record of the year. Finally, we would thank our Activist of the Year, Seamus Casey, for his tireless volunteer work developing, maintaining, and improving gencourtmobile.com.
Individual grades for each representative and senator are based on pro-liberty or anti-liberty roll call votes and bill sponsorship/co-sponsorship for 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.
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.