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Representative Stephen D. Clark
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2001
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Stephen D. Clark's service in the Utah legislature. I highlight differences from chamber averages using little green and red arrows. The number of arrows is statistically determined. More arrows indicate a larger difference compared to the chamber average, in relation to how much diversity there is among legislators on this metric. If all legislators introduce exactly 5 bills, then a legislator who introduces 10 is very different; if legislators vary wildly in how many bills they introduce (but the average is still 5), then a legislator who introduces 10 bills may be less different from average. The standard deviation measures this diversity.

  • HigherHigherHigher/LowerLowerLower Three arrows mean that the legislator is significantly different from average (i.e. at least two standard deviations from the mean, placing the legislator in the top/bottom 2% or so).
  • HigherHigher/LowerLower Two arrows mean that the legislator is somewhat different from average (i.e. at least one standard deviation from the mean, placing the legislator in the top/bottom 16% or so).
  • Higher/Lower One arrow indicates that the legislator is only slightly different from average (i.e. one-third standard deviation from the mean). A single arrow indicates a very small difference; don't make too much of it.
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Rep. Clark's statistical profile

2007200820092010
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Legislative chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H63H63H63H63
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
 
2007200820092010
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Clark 7664
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.1
Difference +0.9-0.1+0.1-2.1
Comparison ======Lower
 
2007200820092010
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Clark's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 7664
Bills passed 6233
Passage rate 85.7%33.3%50.0%75.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%
Difference +35.1-19.5-9.9+14.1
Comparison HigherHigherLower==Higher
 
2007200820092010
Bills floor sponsored. A "floor sponsor" is like a secondary sponsor of a bill. After a bill passes the sponsor's chamber, its sponsor needs to find a "floor sponsor" in the other chamber to usher it through the other chamber.
Total floor sponsored 4042
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.8
Difference +0.9-3.2+1.2-0.8
Comparison ==Lower====
 
2007200820092010
Missed votes (learn more). Usually missed votes occur because of competing obligations within the legislature, not because the legislator has left the capitol.
Missed votes 43522851
Total votes held 602616600614
Absentee rate 7.1%8.4%4.7%8.3%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%
Difference -1.2+0.1-1.3+1.5
Comparison ========
 
2007200820092010
"Nay" votes (learn more). Most floor votes pass by overwhelming majorities, since unpopular bills get weeded out long before they reach the floor. As a result, "nay" votes are rare.
"Nay" votes 26171925
Total votes held 602616600614
"Nay" rate 4.3%2.8%3.2%4.1%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%
Difference -2.9-3.2-4.9-3.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010
Influence or "floor power" (learn more). What percentage of the time is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Floor power score 80.6%89.1%77.6%83.5%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%
Difference +14.1+20.2+11.1+14.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
Ideology score 1 (from interest group ratings). Half a dozen interest groups release ratings of each legislator after each legislative session. I rescale them all from 0 (most liberal) to 100 (most conservative) and average them together, resulting in the numbers reported here.
Average interest group rating 59.550.862.561.2
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.8
Difference +2.6+4.2+7.3+0.4
Comparison ====Higher==
 
2007200820092010
Ideology score 2 (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using a widely accepted scaling method, I calculate each legislator's ideology score (called a "NOMINATE" score) after each legislative session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning; they are useful only for comparing two legislators. A legislator with a higher score is more to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
NOMINATE score 22.813.324.2-2.5
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.9
Difference +19.1+15.8+20.3+2.4
Comparison Higher==Higher==
 
2007200820092010
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Clark support his/her party? That is, what percentage of the time does the legislator vote with the majority of the other members of his/her party? Scores are usually easily above 90%.
Party support score (overall) 96.2%97.2%96.9%95.4%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%
Difference +1.7+1.8+2.6+0.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher==
 
2007200820092010
Party support score (party-line only) (learn more). This is the same as the "raw" party support score, but we look only at party-line votes when calculating this. A "party-line" vote occurs when the majority of Democrats votes against the majority of Republicans. Although party-line votes are rare, looking at the legislator's party support score in this setting can be revealing.
Party support score (party-line only) 78.1%82.1%84.3%68.2%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%
Difference -1.2+0.4+2.9-16.1
Comparison ======LowerLower

Votes on Rep. Clark's bills

Only 16 bills sponsored by Rep. Clark have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Clark sponsored. The votes are sorted by vote margin, with the most divisive votes listed first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2009 Clark HB0290S03 45 29 21.6% House/ concurs with Senate amendments
2007 Clark SB0109 20 9 37.9% Senate/ pass 2nd
2009 Clark HB0290S03 55 20 46.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Clark HB0253 54 15 56.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Clark HB0107S02 56 13 62.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Clark HB0004 65 7 80.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Clark HCR003 22 1 91.3% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2010 Clark HB0005S03 68 3 91.5% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2009 Clark HB0290S03 26 1 92.6% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2009 Clark HB0004 27 1 92.9% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)