Thirty-two Lawmakers Awarded for Conservative Voting Records

ACUF Releases Scores of the Oklahoma Legislature

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the Oklahoma Legislature. ACUF’s Ratings—both federal and state—are an initiative of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 of the nation’s elected officials view the role of government and illustrate the differences between chambers of the legislature, while revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect Oklahomans.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member. According to ACUF’s Year in Review, the Oklahoma Legislature’s overall conservative score improved compared to the 2017 session (from 54.57 percent to 64.12 percent).

Oklahoma legislators voted on key issues during the 2018 session. In one or both chambers, they voted to strengthen protections for Second Amendment rights, expand the freedom of workers to opt out of union dues and protect the dignity of female inmates who are pregnant.

“In the 2018 session, conservative Oklahoma lawmakers successfully fought to end the cruel practice of shackling pregnant inmates either with cuffs during delivery or shackling arms and legs when traveling before birth, which increases risks to the developing baby,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Conservative lawmakers also led the way for the legislature to take a stand for Oklahomans’ important constitutional right to bear arms. We applaud these lawmakers for demonstrating a commitment to defending life and liberty in Oklahoma and urge the legislature to reverse the out-of-control tax increases we saw this past session.”

The average score for Republican Oklahoma House Representatives was 75 percent, while just 22 percent of all representatives earned awards for scoring 80 percent or better. Just 10 Oklahoma State Senators earned awards. The overall average for the Oklahoma State Legislature was 64.12 percent.

Click Here to view the 2018 Ratings of Oklahoma.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected].