A depiction of the large
disparity in the House pecking order
Seniority appears to play a
large role until the third term in office. A representative cannot
serve more than 4.5 terms.
Other than 1st-term members,
where there is a small sample size for the minority (only 6 minority
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:
- Membership in committees. The more
committees – and the
stronger the committees – the higher a legislator’s score.
- Chairmanships and vice-chairmanships.
The former is worth
much more than the latter.
- Leadership positions. These are weighted
according to their
You can review the raw data in different files and formats by
Excel data by
district (26K) | | Word
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 Caucus Secretary
Minority Caucus Secretary
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
Speaker of the House
Select Committees and Appropriations Committees are given
weight of Standing Committees.
The Standing Committees were divided into “Weak”, “Average”,
“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.
(score of 0.75)
Administration & Accounts
Energy and the Environment
(score of 1)
Fiscal Review (Select Committe)
Property, Casualty & Life Insurance
Conservation & Natural Resources
Professional Registration & Licensing
Trade & Tourism
Economic Dev. & Business Attraction & Retention
Emerging Issues in Education
(score of 1.25)
Children & Families
Workforce Standards & Development
Health & Mental Health Policy
Ways & Means
Elementary & Secondary Education
Government Oversight & Accountability
Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
Civil & Criminal Proceedings