The Best to Worst on the MERI Scale

Below are the average MERI Ratings of legislators during the time they have served. The Maine Economic Research Institute (MERI) rates legislators' performance based on votes cast as well as subjective evaluations of their behavior on issues of importance to Maine's business community. In our view, those scoring higher than 50 have demonstrated their willingness and ability to work for a strong Maine economy. Those scoring between 26 and 50 need to need to improve their behavior. 

We believe that those with an average MERI rating of 25 or lower (in bold) are the people least likely, willing or able to move Maine toward the national average for tax burden, energy costs, health care costs or business climate. In fact, their behavior can be described as hostile toward getting or retaining good jobs in Maine. We also suspect that their records do not reflect the wishes, hopes or aspirations of the majority of the people they represent back home.

Ayotte of Caswell 85.95
Beaudoin of Biddeford 8.89
Beaulieu of Auburn 83.18
Beavers of South Berwick 14.54
Beck of Waterville 24.94
Bennett of Kennebunk 74.71
Berry of Bowdoinham 12.73
Black of Wilton 84.03
Boland of Sanford 14.32
Bolduc of Auburn 8.34
Briggs of Mexico 20.55
Brooks of Winterport 15.17
Campbell of Newfield 18.32
Campbell of Orrington 83.13
Carey of Lewiston 25
Casavant of Biddeford 25.46
Cassidy of Lubec 18.3
Chapman of Brooksville 13.55
Chase of Wells 91.82
Chenette of Saco 13.55
Chipman of Portland 7.83
Clark of Easton 91.73
Cooper of Yarmouth 13.83
Cotta of China 74.72
Crafts of Lisbon 85.96
Cray of Palmyra 89.45
Crockett of Bethel 65.77
Daughtry of Brunswick 13.83
Davis of Sangerville 81.36
DeChant of Bath 17.96
Devin of Newcastle 16.21
Dickerson of Rockland 11.55
Dill of Old Town 33.25
Dion of Portland 23.55
Doak of Columbia Falls 77.36
Dorney of Norridgewock 20.26
Dunphy of Embden 79.2
Duprey of Hampden 92.73
Espling of New Gloucester 81.04
Evangelos of Friendship 13.83
Eves of North Berwick 18.64
Farnsworth of Portland 20.38
Fitzpatrick of Houlton 91.25
Fowle of Vassalboro 28.82
Fredette of Newport 93.64
Frey of Bangor 26.55
Gattine of Westbrook 18.92
Gideon of Freeport 25.55
Gifford of Lincoln 87.67
Gilbert of Jay 18.29
Gillway of Searsport 92.95
Goode of Bangor 12.55
Graham of North Yarmouth 22.32
Grant of Gardiner 18.48
Guerin of Glenburn 84.89
Hamann of South Portland 16.55
Harlow of Portland 11.02
Harvell of Farmington 73.86
Hayes of Buckfield 40.72
Herbig of Belfast 18.18
Hickman of Winthrop 12.83
Hobbins of Saco 32.65
Hubbell of Bar Harbor 12.04
Jackson of Oxford 79.09
Johnson of Eddington 67.04
Johnson of Greenville 87.18
Jones of Freedom 9.41
Jorgensen of Portland 23.38
Kaenrath of South Portland 13.71
Kent Woolwich 15.84
Keschl of Belgrade 88.56
Kinney of Limington 84.86
Knight of Livermore Falls 83.18
Kornfield of Bangor 14.55
Kruger of Thomaston 16.21
Kumiega of Deer Isle 16.82
Kusiak of Fairfield 7.27
Lajoie of Lewiston 19.55
Libby of Waterboro 78.64
Libby of Lewiston 12.55
Lockman of Amherst 83.31
Long of Sherman 76.39
Longstaff of Waterville 29.09
Luchini of Ellsworth 28.69
MacDonald of Old Orchard Beach 64.09
MacDonald of Boothbay 18.92
Maker of Calais 80.91
Malaby of Hancock 85.06
Marean of Hollis 78.91
Marks of Pittston 29.09
Mason of Topsham 31.95
Mastraccio of Sanford 21.26
McCabe of Skowhegan 20.01
McClellan of Raymond 80.72
McElwee of Caribou 85.73
McLean of Gorham 15.55
Monaghan-Derrig of Cape Elizabeth 20.98
Moonen of Portland 17.55
Moriarty of Cumberland 26.1
Morrison ofSouth Portland 17.05
Nadeau of Fort Kent 79.65
Nadeau of Winslow 16.82
Nelson of Falmouth 33.59
Newendyke of Litchfield 82.12
Noon of Sanford 12.55
Nutting of Oakland 91.95
Parry of Arundel 90.28
Pease of Morrill 86.45
Peavey Haskell of Milford 78.18
Peoples of Westbrook 19.55
Peterson of Rumford 14.38
Plante of Berwick 35.15
Pouliot of Augusta 82.14
Powers of Naples 22.27
Priest of Brunswick 14.55
Pringle of Windham 23.55
Rankin of Hiram 20.38
Reed of Carmel 94.17
Rochelo of Biddeford 16.69
Rotundo of Lewiston 15.91
Russell of Portland 9.35
Rykerson of Kittery 15.79
Sanborn of Gorham 21.21
Sanderson of Chelsea 84.18
Saucier of Presque Isle 26.36
Saxton of Harpswell 21.55
Schneck of Bangor 21.21
Shaw of Standish 23.25
Short of Pittsfield 21.82
Sirocki of Scarborough 87.73
Stanley of Medway 29.09
Stuckey of Portland 10.05
Theriault of Madawaska 20.26
Timberlake of Turner 85.45
Tipping-Spitz of Orono 13.29
Treat of Hallowell 11.21
Turner of Burlington 76.14
Tyler of Windham 85.91
Verow of Brewer 28.07
Villa of Harrison 21.82
Volk of Scarborough 88.4
Wallace of Dexter 75.07
Weaver of York 89.2
Welsh of Rockport 18.05
Werts of Auburn 25.15
Willette of Mapleton 88.17
Wilson of Augusta 73.86
Winchenbach of Waldoboro 80.25
Winsor of Norway 90.91
Wood of sabattus 77.39


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