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Livingston scores a perfect legislative batting average

Rep. David Livingston (File photo)

Rep. David Livingston (File photo)

The award for best legislative batting average for the session — the calculation of bills introduced versus bills signed into law — goes to Rep. David Livingston, a freshman Republican lawmaker from Peoria who has been vocally critical of the governor.

Livingston scored 100 percent this year. All five of the bills he introduced were signed into law. Livingston attributed his legislative success to sticking to issues he knows personally, keeping the list of bills short and spending a lot of time in the Senate.

And although he has already made something of a name for himself through his fiery speeches on the House floor, all five of his bills passed through both chambers with bipartisan support. Three of them cleared both chambers without a single “no” vote on either floor.

But despite the governor taking a liking to his bills, Livingston said he’s not going to ease his criticism of Brewer on Medicaid expansion, the budget and her tactics for bringing it all to fruition.

“I want to be on good terms with her, but on Medicaid we are polar opposites,” he said.

An Arizona Capitol Times  analysis of the 1,158 bills introduced this year, and 256 bills signed by Brewer, shows the best batting average from the Senate belongs to Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough of Chandler, who had 14 bills, or 74 percent, signed into law.

Three lawmakers didn’t introduce any legislation: Reps. Rosanna Gabaldon of Green Valley, Lisa Otondo of Yuma, both Democrats, and Rick Gray, a Republican from Sun City.

There were 38 lawmakers who introduced bills but didn’t have any legislation signed into law, including seven Republicans.

The most prolific bill introducer was Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix, who introduced 45 bills without guiding one into law.

Batting Averages
Legislator Party Chamber Prime Sponsored  Signed Vetoed Batting Average Veto Average
David Livingston R House 5 5 0 100% 0%
Steve Yarbrough R Senate 19 14 1 74% 5%
Adam Driggs R Senate 13 9 1 69% 8%
Paul Boyer R House 8 5 0 63% 0%
Bob Robson R House 8 5 0 63% 0%
Karen Fann R House 27 15 0 56% 0%
Eddie Farnsworth R House 26 13 1 50% 4%
Steve Pierce R Senate 10 5 0 50% 0%
J.D. Mesnard R House 6 3 0 50% 0%
Debbie Lesko R House 13 6 0 46% 0%
Tom Forese R House 24 11 1 46% 4%
Nancy Barto R Senate 30 12 1 40% 3%
Frank Pratt R House 10 4 0 40% 0%
Justin Pierce R House 18 7 0 39% 0%
Gail Griffin R Senate 35 13 2 37% 6%
Heather Carter R House 33 12 0 36% 0%
Warren Petersen R House 11 4 2 36% 18%
John Kavanagh R House 26 9 0 35% 0%
Don Shooter R Senate 26 9 0 35% 0%
Andrea Dalessandro D House 3 1 0 0% 0%
Kimberly Yee R Senate 33 11 2 33% 6%
Brenda Barton R House 6 2 1 33% 17%
Doug Coleman R House 6 2 0 33% 0%
Kate Brophy McGee R House 31 10 1 32% 3%
Doris Goodale R House 14 4 1 29% 7%
David Gowan R House 22 6 1 27% 5%
Jeff Dial R House 22 6 0 27% 0%
Justin Olson R House 23 6 3 26% 13%
Chester Crandell R Senate 16 4 1 25% 6%
Judy Burges R Senate 17 4 1 24% 6%
John McComish R Senate 14 3 0 21% 0%
Phil Lovas R House 15 3 0 20% 0%
Sonny Borrelli R House 5 1 0 20% 0%
Barbara McGuire D Senate 11 2 0 18% 0%
Al Melvin R Senate 28 5 0 18% 0%
Steve Montenegro R House 19 3 1 16% 5%
David Stevens R House 41 6 1 15% 2%
Michele Reagan R Senate 21 3 0 14% 0%
Andy Biggs R Senate 14 2 0 14% 0%
Ethan Orr R House 8 1 0 13% 0%
Kelly Townsend R House 8 1 0 13% 0%
Adam Kwasman R House 9 1 0 11% 0%
Bob Worsley R Senate 9 1 0 11% 0%
John Allen R House 11 1 1 9% 9%
Jack Jackson, Jr. D Senate 12 1 0 8% 0%
Linda Lopez D Senate 16 1 0 6% 0%
Michelle Ugenti R House 18 1 0 6% 0%
Martin Quezada D House 19 1 0 5% 0%
Rick Murphy R Senate 39 2 0 5% 0%
Steve Smith R House 20 1 0 5% 0%
Steve Gallardo D Senate 45 0 0 0% 0%
Ed Ableser D Senate 42 0 0 0% 0%
Chad Campbell D House 36 0 0 0% 0%
Carl Seel R House 29 0 1 0% 3%
Steve Farley D Senate 23 0 0 0% 0%
Catherine Miranda D House 19 0 0 0% 0%
Bob Thorpe R House 16 0 0 0% 0%
Juan Mendez D House 13 0 0 0% 0%
Lela Alston D House 11 0 0 0% 0%
Eric Meyer D House 10 0 0 0% 0%
Katie Hobbs D Senate 10 0 0 0% 0%
Debbie McCune Davis D House 9 0 0 0% 0%
Leah Landrum Taylor D Senate 8 0 0 0% 0%
Kelli Ward R Senate 7 0 1 0% 14%
Andrew Sherwood D House 7 0 0 0% 0%
Victoria Steele D House 7 0 0 0% 0%
Andy Tobin R House 6 0 1 0% 17%
David Bradley D Senate 6 0 0 0% 0%
Anna Tovar D Senate 6 0 0 0% 0%
Sally Ann Gonzales D House 5 0 0 0% 0%
Bruce Wheeler D House 5 0 0 0% 0%
Robert Meza D Senate 5 0 0 0% 0%
Albert Hale D House 4 0 0 0% 0%
Lydia Hernandez D House 4 0 0 0% 0%
Jonathan Larkin D House 4 0 0 0% 0%
Macario Saldate D House 3 0 0 0% 0%
Lynne Pancrazi D Senate 3 0 0 0% 0%
Stefanie Mach D House 2 0 0 0% 0%
Darin Mitchell R House 2 0 0 0% 0%
Rich Crandall R Senate 2 0 0 0% 0%
Mark Cardenas D House 1 0 0 0% 0%
Lupe Contreras D House 1 0 0 0% 0%
Juan Carlos Escamilla D House 1 0 0 0% 0%
Ruben Gallego D House 1 0 0 0% 0%
Jamescita Peshlakai D House 1 0 0 0% 0%
Thomas Shope R House 1 0 0 0% 0%
Olivia Cajero Bedford D Senate 1 0 0 0% 0%
Rosanna Gabaldon D House 0 0 0 —- —-
Rick Gray R House 0 0 0 —- —-
Lisa Otondo D House 0 0 0 —- –––

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