Effective at what?
Taxing more? Spending more? Convincing others within their circles of power to carry out their grand designs? Or consolidating their own power?
Here’s Under the Dome’s description of the NC Center for Public Policy Research’s effectiveness survey:
Respondents are asked to base their score on legislators’ committee work, their skill in floor debates, their general knowledge and expertise, their respect and political power, their skills in persuasion and their ability to influence the legislative process.
How the chamber echoes.