2008 Liberty Rating

This is the fifth annual Liberty Rating issued by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. Bills have been carefully selected for inclusion which clearly demonstrate the level of respect our elected representatives show for our individual rights and liberties.

The Liberty Rating is based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes and their impact on the state of New Hampshire.

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 good government, and recognize the value of voluntary economic decisions.

Anti-liberty votes replace self-governance with interventionist ownership, assume agencies backed by force are superior to voluntary choices backed by personal accountability, and assume a better economy can be designed by a central authority that compels communities to pay for policies people do not willingly support.

The Liberty Rating is the result of hundreds of hours of work by many volunteers who read and analyzed bills, testified before committees, called and wrote their representatives, created spreadsheets and numerous other tasks. We encourage every New Hampshire citizen to learn the facts about exactly how their elected representatives are voting in Concord and to use this tool when these same reps are running for re-election in 2008. While this report card bears the seal of the NHLA board, it is the product of our members' commitment to liberty.

Printable Summary

The above report is in PDF format.

Detailed Analysis & Specific Votes

Detailed breakdowns of the methodology used to produce the Liberty Ratings are available. You may download the actual spreadsheets used to compute the grades: the House spreadsheet and the Senate spreadsheet.



Mesa & Messier were confounded in the spreadsheet due to Mesa's disappearance early in the session. Reps with last name "Mesa" thru "Nagle" (15 in all) were shifted down, and had several wrongly-scored votes. The House spreadsheet and PDF file now reflects the corrected grades.

Questions? Comments? Errata?

Contact Denis Goddard, NHLA Director of Research, at research@nhliberty.org


Other Years' Liberty Ratings

Other years' Liberty Ratings are available here


2008 Senate Liberty Ratings.xls155 KB
2008 House Liberty Ratings.xls1.52 MB
2008 Liberty Rating.pdf229.97 KB