The Good, the Bad and, wait, Who? The Midnight Sun’s 2020 legislator rankings

Welcome to The Midnight Sun’s so accurate we don’t even know what a margin of error is, totally not a popularity contest, definitive 2020 ranking of Alaska’s legislators. We asked you, Dear Reader, to help fill out these rankings, rating legislators on ethics, intelligence and effectiveness so if you disagree with them you have no one to blame but yourselves.

Once again, it looks like you guys prefer legislators from caucuses that don’t contain Hitler apologists with the highest-rated House Minority Republican being Rep. Dave Talerico, who’ll be retiring this year after coming one Rep. David Eastman short of House Speaker, appearing at spot #34 in the overall rankings.

And speaking of Eastman, a year of antics that included his temporary (right?) expulsion from the House Minority Republican caucus was not enough for him to secure his third finish as The Bad of the Legislature. Perhaps that’s because of his “Look who’s laughing now” donning of a face mask well before it became cool but we can assure you that we’re all still laughing.

No, the new Lee Van Cleef of Juneau is none other than Eagle River Republican Sen. Lora Reinbold, who took legislative theatrics to a whole new level with some peak “Let me speak to the governor” energy in the final days of the session. Reinbold also garnered the strongest response of all legislators with only three of the 98 crowd-sourced rankers skipping her ranking.

As for the Who-est of legislators, it turns out that showing up late and hardly having a moment before a pandemic sends everyone home early is a recipe for not getting noticed. As a quarter of respondents had nothing to say about stogie-toting Revak-replacement Rep. Mel Gillis.

Still at the top is House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, who cobbled together his second term as House Speaker and made still-surprising team with Senate President Cathy Giessel.

Anyways, onto the rankings! And if you just want everyone in one simple list, head to the bottom of this post.

Oh, as for the nicknames. Solid 3/10.

The Good

Rep. Bryce Edgmon

U-Dillingham

Overall rating: 3.98

Intelligence: 4

Ethics: 3.8

Effectiveness: 4.2

Nicknames: “The Headmaster,” “Eastman’s Nemesis,” “The Moderate Moderator,” “Daddy B”

Rep. Ivy Spohnholz

D-Anchorage

Overall rating: 3.93

Intelligence: 4.2

Ethics: 3.9

Effectiveness: 3.7

Nicknames: “The Wave,” “Governor”

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins

D-Sitka

Overall rating: 3.8

Intelligence: 4.2

Ethics: 3.8

Effectiveness: 3.4

Nicknames: “The Mudroom Philosopher,” “The Myth,” “Benjamin Button”

Sen. Bert Stedman

R-Sitka

Overall rating: 3.8

Intelligence: 3.9

Ethics: 3.5

Effectiveness: 4

Nicknames: “Bert Locker,” “The General,” “Rich Uncle Pennybags,”

Sen. Jesse Kiehl

D-Juneau

Overall rating: 3.75

Intelligence: 4.1

Ethics: 4

Effectiveness: 3.2

Nicknames: “Everyone’s Favorite Staffer,” “The Real Deal,” “Kiehl Bill,” “Juneau Jesse”

Rep. Matt Claman

D-Anchorage

Overall rating: 3.64

Intelligence: 4

Ethics: 3.7

Effectiveness: 3.3

Nicknames: “The Hammer,” “Mr. Studious,” “Surprise.”

Sen. Cathy Giessel

R-Anchorage

Overall rating: 3.64

Intelligence: 3.8

Ethics: 3.4

Effectiveness: 3.8

Nicknames: “Diesel,” “Icy Eyes,” “The Presider”

Rep. Andy Josephson

D-Anchorage

Overall rating: 3.61

Intelligence: 4

Ethics: 3.8

Effectiveness: 3.1

Nicknames: “Uncle Andy,” “Dandy,” “The Great Debater”

Sen. Natasha von Imhof

R-Anchorage

Overall rating: 3.54

Intelligence: 4

Ethics: 3.1

Effectiveness: 3.5

Nicknames: “The Sigh,” “Governor,” “The Baroness,” “Can’t Hassel the (im)Hof”

Sen. Tom Begich

D-Anchorage

Overall rating: 3.53

Intelligence: 3.7

Ethics: 3.5

Effectiveness: 3.3

Nicknames: “The Pony Tail Man,” “Big Tom”

Sen. Bill Wielechowski

D-Anchorage

Overall rating: 3.5

Intelligence: 3.9

Ethics: 3.6

Effectiveness: 3

Nicknames: “Will-he-ever-pass-a-Bill?” “Dreamin’ of the Third Floor,” “Wiel E. Coychowski”

Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky

D-Bethel

Overall rating: 3.47

Intelligence: 3.6

Ethics: 3.6

Effectiveness: 3.2

Nicknames: “The Incredible Zulk”

The Bad

Sen. Lora Reinbold

R-Eagle River

Overall rating: 1.61

Intelligence: 1.5

Ethics: 1.9

Effectiveness: 1.5

Nicknames: “Neinbold,” “Eastman of the Senate,” “Ridiculous,” “The Principal”

Rep. David Eastman

R-Wasilla

Overall rating: 1.68

Intelligence: 2.2

Ethics: 1.7

Effectiveness: 1.2

Nicknames: “Facemask Dave,” “Look at Me!” “The Valley Victim,” “Table for One”

Rep. Ben Carpenter

R-Nikiski

Overall rating: 1.71

Intelligence: 1.8

Ethics: 1.8

Effectiveness: 1.5

Nicknames: “Eastman Jr.” “Dumb Dumb,” “PR Wiz Kid,” “Low Rent Todd Palin”

Rep. Sarah Vance

R-Homer

Overall rating: 1.76

Intelligence: 1.8

Ethics: 2

Effectiveness: 1.6

Nicknames: “Dear God, I miss Paul Seaton,” “Representative”

Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux

R-Anchorage

Overall rating: 2.03

Intelligence: 2.7

Ethics: 1.4

Effectiveness: 2

Nicknames: “Deep Douxdoux,” “PAC-woman”

Sen. Mike Shower

R-Wasilla

Overall rating: 2.11

Intelligence: 2.2

Ethics: 2.4

Effectiveness: 1.8

Nicknames: “Dodger,” “Freedom’s Dozer,” “Shower? I hardly know ‘er!”

Rep. Sharon Jackson

R-Eagle River

Overall rating: 2.19

Intelligence: 2.1

Ethics: 2.6

Effectiveness: 1.9

Nicknames: “Action Jackson”

Rep. Mark Neuman

R-Big Lake

Overall rating: 2.21

Intelligence: 2.1

Ethics: 2.5

Effectiveness: 2

Nicknames: “#thedean,” “Prayers and Plans”

Rep. Lance Pruitt

R-Anchorage

Overall rating: 2.22

Intelligence: 2.6

Ethics: 2

Effectiveness: 2.1

Nicknames: “Minority Rule,” “Lance-a-Little,” “Middle-aged Wonder”

Sen. Shelley Hughes

R-Palmer

Overall rating: 2.23

Intelligence: 2.2

Ethics: 2.5

Effectiveness: 2

Nicknames: “Traffic Jam,” “At least I’m not Lora Reinbold”

Rep. George Rauscher

R-Palmer

Overall rating: 2.31

Intelligence: 2.2

Ethics: 2.6

Effectiveness: 2.1

Nicknames: “Resting George Face”

Sen. David Wilson

R-Wasilla

Overall rating: 2.32

Intelligence: 2.5

Ethics: 2.4

Effectiveness: 2.1

Nicknames: “The BeeMan”

And, wait, Who?

Rep. Mel Gillis

R-Anchorage

Overall rating: 2.62

Intelligence: 2.7

Ethics: 2.8

Effectiveness: 2.3

Rep. John Lincoln

D-Kotzebue

Overall rating: 3.24

Intelligence: 3.3

Ethics: 3.3

Effectiveness: 3

Rep. Sara Hannan

D-Juneau

Overall rating: 3.14

Intelligence: 3.3

Ethics: 3.3

Effectiveness: 2.8

Rep. Chuck Kopp

R-Anchorage

Overall rating: 3.39

Intelligence: 3.5

Ethics: 3.3

Effectiveness: 3.4

The complete sortable rankings

LegislatorDistrictPartyOverallIntelligenceEthicsEffectivenessWho?
Rep. Bart LeBon01-FairbanksR3.023.23.062.8118
Rep. Steve Thompson02-FairbanksR3.153.242.993.2219
Rep. Mike Prax03-North PoleR2.432.492.652.1520
Rep. Grier Hopkins04-FairbanksD3.263.353.413.0116
Rep. Adam Wool05-FairbanksD2.963.212.732.9315
Rep. Dave Talerico06-HealyR32.953.352.6918
Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard07-WasillaR2.682.742.882.4217
Rep. Mark Neuman08-Big LakeR2.212.132.482.0113
Rep. George Rauscher09-PalmerR2.312.232.62.0918
Rep. David Eastman10-WasillaR1.682.161.71.188
Rep. DeLena Johnson11-PalmerR2.612.622.852.3614
Rep. Cathy Tilton12-WasillaR2.552.542.762.3518
Rep. Kelly Merrick14-Eagle RiverR2.682.892.762.3916
Rep. Sharon Jackson13-Eagle RiverR2.192.112.551.9118
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux15-AnchorageR2.032.71.41.9814
Rep. Ivy Spohnholz16-AnchorageD3.934.213.853.7213
Rep. Andy Josephson17-AnchorageD3.613.953.843.0513
Rep. Harriet Drummond18-AnchorageD3.233.353.562.7716
Rep. Geran Tarr19-AnchorageD3.113.323.142.8814
Rep. Zack Fields20-AnchorageD3.453.663.393.3115
Rep. Matt Claman21-AnchorageD3.643.963.73.2618
Rep. Sara Rasmussen22-AnchorageR2.42.432.542.2318
Rep. Chris Tuck23-AnchorageD2.882.922.762.9518
Rep. Chuck Kopp24-AnchorageR3.393.453.313.421
Rep. Mel Gillis25-AnchorageR2.622.712.812.3425
Rep. Laddie Shaw26-AnchorageR2.742.8532.3820
Rep. Lance Pruitt27-AnchorageR2.222.61.992.0615
Rep. Jennifer Johnston28-AnchorageR3.223.472.983.218
Rep. Ben Carpenter29-NikiskiR1.711.821.791.5116
Rep. Gary Knopp30-SoldotnaR3.062.93.213.0617
Rep. Sarah Vance31-HomerR1.761.761.961.5714
Rep. Louise Stutes32-KodiakR2.943.032.773.0119
Rep. Sara Hannan33-JuneauD3.143.323.272.8421
Rep. Andi Story34-JuneauD3.133.163.42.8420
Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins35-SitkaD3.84.213.83.3916
Rep. Dan Ortiz36-KetchikanI3.343.43.473.1520
Rep. Bryce Edgmon37-DillinghamU3.983.983.824.1515
Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky38-BethelD3.473.573.63.2421
Rep. Neal Foster39-NomeD3.393.453.183.5321
Rep. John Lincoln40-KotzebueD3.243.333.343.0424
Sen. Scott KawasakiA-FairbanksD3.393.643.363.187
Sen. John CoghillB-North PoleR3.433.233.613.455
Sen. Click BishopC-FairbanksR3.473.333.613.4810
Sen. David WilsonD-WasillaR2.322.462.392.128
Sen. Mike ShowerE-WasillaR2.112.222.351.765
Sen. Shelley HughesF-PalmerR2.232.182.492.026
Sen. Lora ReinboldG-Eagle RiverR1.611.511.881.453
Sen. Bill WielechowskiH-AnchorageD3.53.933.563.024
Sen. Elvi Gray-JacksonI-AnchorageD3.393.43.763.018
Sen. Tom BegichJ-AnchorageD3.533.743.533.334
Sen. Mia CostelloK-AnchorageR2.562.772.542.368
Sen. Natasha von ImhofL-AnchorageR3.543.983.093.546
Sen. Josh RevakM-AnchorageR2.572.662.622.449
Sen. Cathy GiesselN-AnchorageR3.643.783.353.83
Sen. Peter MiccicheO-SoldotnaR2.83.182.412.816
Sen. Gary StevensP-KodiakR3.463.693.553.139
Sen. Jesse KiehlQ-JuneauD3.754.054.043.169
Sen. Bert StedmanR-SitkaR3.83.933.483.998
Sen. Lyman HoffmanS-BethelD3.463.692.833.869
Sen. Donny OlsonT-GolovinD3.073.512.683.028

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1 Comment on "The Good, the Bad and, wait, Who? The Midnight Sun’s 2020 legislator rankings"

  1. Democrats good
    Republicans bad

    Let’s through in some numbers, a decimal point, and call it scientific.

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