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House Power Rankings
A depiction of the large disparity in the House pecking order

House Ranks by Terms in Office
Seniority appears to play a large role until the third term in office. A representative cannot serve more than 4.5 terms.

House Ranks by Party
Other than 1st-term members, where there is a small sample size for the minority (only 6 minority vs. 26 majority), party affiliation appears important as well.

As you can see from the above graphs, there are definitely haves and have-nots when it comes to political power in the Missouri House. The “power score” is a scale developed to reflect the ability of a legislator to either pass a bill, or, more commonly, to fail a bill. It is based upon three factors:

You can review the raw data in different files and formats by following the links below:
Excel data by district (26K) | | Word version (26K)
Excel data by power rankings (32K) | | Word version (33K)
Excel data by terms in office (32K) | | Word version (33K)
Excel data by party affiliation (31K) | | Word version (12K)

The Speaker of the House, with his power to assign bills to committee, and appoint or remove committee chairs at will, obviously holds the most political favors and personal ability to kill a bill. His power score represents the top of the scale at 16. Here's the breakdown of the scores for leadership:

Weak Leadership Positions (score of 2)
Majority Whip
Minority Whip
Majority Caucus Secretary
Minority Caucus Secretary
Minority Vice-Chair

Modest Leadership Positions (score of 4)
Speaker Pro Tem
Majority Caucus Chair
Minority Caucus Chair
Majority Assistant Floor Leader
Minority Assistant Floor Leader

Powerful Leadership Positions (score of 8)
Majority Floor Leader
Minority Floor Leader

Dominating Leadership Positions (score of 16)
Speaker of the House

Select Committees and Appropriations Committees are given double the weight of Standing Committees.

The Standing Committees were divided into “Weak”, “Average”, and “Strong”, with a value of 0.75, 1, and 1.25, respectively. This was based upon reading article testimonies, descriptions provided on the House’s website, and a separate analysis of committee activity (scheduled hearings and active bills).

You can view the analysis of committees by clicking here.

Weak Committees (score of 0.75)
Administration & Accounts
Ethics
Consumer Affairs
Utility Infrastructure
Small Business
Telecommunications
Veterans
Energy and the Environment
Employment Security
Pensions

Average Committees (score of 1)
Fiscal Review (Select Committe)
Property, Casualty & Life Insurance
Conservation & Natural Resources
Banking
Corrections
Professional Registration & Licensing
Trade & Tourism
Health Insurance
Government Efficiency
Higher Education
Agricultural Policy
Economic Dev. & Business Attraction & Retention
Elections
Emerging Issues in Education

Strong Committees (score of 1.25)
Children & Families
Transportation
Workforce Standards & Development
Health & Mental Health Policy
Ways & Means
Elementary & Secondary Education
Local Government
Emerging Issues
Government Oversight & Accountability
Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
Civil & Criminal Proceedings



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