Ranking Utah’s Top Senators and House Representatives on Social Media

It’s no secret that Utah’s Senators and House Representatives do a lot of competing against each other in the Utah State Capitol Building over bills. Here is one more issue to compete on — that of social media influence. We looked at every politician on the top two social networks in politics — Facebook and Twitter — and developed a ranking of Utah’s top Senators and House Representatives on social media. 

(Ranking methodology has been provided at the bottom of this post).


Senate All Stars

Gold
Todd Weiler (R) District 23
Facebook: 1,726 friends
Twitter:
– 1,334 followers
– 9,870 tweets sent
– 54 mentions within the last week

Silver

Jim Dabakis

Jim Dabakis (D) District 2
Facebook: 2,410 friends
Facebook Public Page
– 467 fans, 4 “talking about this”
Twitter
– 714 followers
– 139 tweets sent
– 7 mentions within the last week


Bronze  

Osmond offspring

Aaron Osmond (R) District 10
Facebook: 2,415 friends
Twitter
– 1,347 followers
– 98 tweets sent
– 10 mentions within the last week



House of Representative All Stars

Gold
Utah House of Representative Brian King

Brian S. King (D) District 28
Facebook: 1,163 friends
Facebook Public Page
– 224 fans, 8 “talking about this”
Twitter
– 624 followers
– 804 tweets sent
– 14 mentions within the last week



Silver

Representative Joel K. Briscoe

Joel K. Briscoe (D) District 25
Facebook: 1,652 friends
Facebook Public Page
– 395 fans, 37 “talking about this”
Twitter
– 714 followers
– 139 tweets sent
– 7 mentions within the last week

Bronze  

Hose Rep Spencer J. Cox

Spencer J. Cox (R) District 48
Facebook: 1,458 friends
Facebook Public Page:
 – 190 fans, 19 “talking about this”
Twitter
– 214 followers
– 209 tweets sent
– 12 mentions within the last week


Complete Senate Rankings

1. Todd Weiler (R) District 23
2. Jim Dabakis (D) District 2
3. Aaron Osmond (R) District 10
4. Wayne L. Niederhauser (R) District 9
5. John L. Valentine (R) District 14
6. Deidre M. Henderson (R) District 7
7. Stephen H. Urquhart (R) District 29
8. Howard A. Stephenson (R) District 11
9. Lyle W. Hillyard (R) District 25
10. Margaret Dayton (R) District 15
11. Daniel W. Thatcher (R) District 12
12. Ralph Okerlund (R) District 24
13. Curtis S. Bramble (R) District 16
14. Karen Mayne (D) District 5
15. Peter C. Knudson (R) District 17
16. Mark B. Madsen (R) District 13
17. Evan J. Vickers (R) District 28
18. Luz Robles (D) District 1
19. Jerry W. Stevenson (R) District 21
20. Gene Davis (D) District 3
21. Brian E. Shiozawa (R) District 8
22. Allen M. Christensen (R) District 19
23. Scott K. Jenkins (R) District 20
24. J. Stuart Adams (R) District 22
25. Patricia W. Jones (D) District 4
26. Wayne A. Harper (R) District 6
26. Stuart C. Reid (R) District 18
26. Kevin T. Van Tassell (R) District 26
26. David P. Hinkins (R) District 27

Complete House of Representatives Rankings

1. Brian S. King (D) District 28
2. Joel K. Briscoe (D) District 25
3. Spencer J. Cox (R) District 58
4. Ryan D. Wilcox (R) District 7
5. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) District 24
6. John Knotwell (R) District 52
7. Jennifer M. Seelig (D) District 23
8. Ken Ivory (R) District 47
9. Gregory H. Hughes (R) District 51
10. Jeremy A. Peterson (R) District 9
11. Derek E. Brown (R) District 49
12. Carol Spackman Moss (D) District 37
13. Rebecca D. Lockhart (R) District 64
14. David E. Lifferth (R) District 2
15. Gage Froerer (R) District 8
16. Keven J. Stratton (R) District 48
17. Craig Hall (R) District 33
18. Patrice M. Arent (D) District 36
19. Ronda Rudd Menlove (R) District 1
20. Angela Romero (D) District 26
21. Curtis Oda (D) District 14
22. Steve Eliason (R) District 45
23. Daniel McCay (R) District 41
24. Lee B. Perry (R) District 29
25. Jacob L. Anderegg (R) District 6
26. Mike K. McKell (R) District 66
27. Kraig Powell (R) District 54
28. Mark A. Wheatley (D) District 35
29. Janice M. Fisher (D) District 30
30. Curt R. Webb (R) District 5
31. Brian M. Greene (R) District 57
32. Jerry B. Anderson (R) District 69
33. Douglas V. Sagers (R) District 21
34. Keith Grover (R) District 61
35. Paul Ray (R) District 13
36. Susan Duckworth (D) District 22
37. Kay J. Christofferson (R) District 56
38. Don L. Ipson (R) District 75
39. LaVar Christensen (R) District 32
40. Dean Sanpei (R) District 63
41. V. Lowry Snow (R) District 74
42. Edward H. Redd (R) District 4
43. James A. Dunnigan (R) District 39
44. Michael E. Noel (R) District 73
45. Dana L. Layton (R) District 60
46. Val L. Peterson (R) District 59
47. Tim M. Cosgrove (D) District 44
48. Jim Nielson (R) District 19
49. Stewart E. Barlow (R) District 17
50. John R. Westwood (R) District 72
51. Brad R. Wilson (R) District 15
52. Lynn N. Hemingway (D) District 40
53. Earl D. Tanner (R) District 43
54. Larry B. Wiley (D) District 31
55. Jim Bird (R) District 41
56. Jerry B. Anderson (R) District 69
57. Jon E. Stanard (R) District 62
57. Marie H. Poulson (D) District 46
57. Jack R. Draxler (R) District 3
57. Brad L. Dee (R) District 11
57. Richard A. Greenwood (R) District 12
57. Stephen G. Handy (R) District 16
57. Roger E. Barrus (R) District 18
57. Rebecca P. Edwards (R) District 20
57. Michael S. Kennedy (R) District 27
57. Eric K. Hutchings (R) District 38
57. Rich Cunningham (R) District 50
57. Melvin R. Brown (R) District 53
57. John G. Mathis (R) District 55
57. Francis D. Gibson (R) District 65
57. Marc K. Roberts (R) District 67
57. Merrill F. Nelson (R) District 68
57. Kay L. McIff (R) District 70
57. Bradley G. Last (R) District 71

Methodology
Data for this ranking was collected between February 1 and February 13. Overall, Twitter was given a combined weight of 50% and Facebook was given a combined weight of 50%. We attempted to measure both weight and engagement in this research. Six metrics and their associate weights were used in producing this ranking. 
  1. Total followers of each politician’s personal Facebook page (15%).  
  2. Total number of followers the politician’s public figure Facebook page has (20%).  
  3. Total number of individuals engaging with the public Facebook page, i.e., “Talking About This” (15%). 
  4. Total number of tweets sent from the politician’s Twitter handle (10%).
  5. Total number of Twitter users following the politician (20%).
  6. Total number of times the politician’s handle has been mentioned within the last seven days (20%).


 

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