2013 Liberty Rating

This is the tenth annual Liberty Rating issued by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, based on 57 roll call votes in the House and 20 in the Senate. Bills have been carefully selected for inclusion which clearly demonstrate the level of respect our elected representatives show for our individual rights and liberties.

This year we offer our sincerest thanks to the NHLA Legislator of the Year, the Honorable Representative Mark Warden for his unwavering support of liberty. Representative Warden has earned the distinction of being the first two-time winner of the Legislator of the Year award, the first time being in 2011. His voting record proves his dedication to the principles upon which this great state, as well as this organization, were founded. We would also like to thank our Activist of the Year, Kirk McNeil, for his volunteer work in successfully passing the medical marijuana bill in 2013.

This report card is based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes and their impact on the State of New Hampshire—actual, recorded floor votes on legislation in the House and Senate. 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.

Printable Summary

Detailed Analysis & Specific Votes

Detailed breakdowns of the methodology used to produce the Liberty Ratings are available.

  • 2013 Scoring Sheet
    The above file is a ZIP archive containing an Excel sheet and Access database used to calculate everything.

Questions? Comments? Errata?

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

Other Years’ Liberty Ratings

Other years’ Liberty Ratings are available here.