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"Nay" votes in the Utah legislature, 2007

During each year's 45-day legislative session, legislators cast hundreds of floor votes. Most things pass by overwhelming majorities. That's not surprising. Many unpopular bills die or get amended in committee, limiting the number of controversial bills that reach the floor. And legislators hear bills at such a breathtaking pace, spending only 2-4 minutes discussing a typical bill before voting on it, that many vote "aye" simply because they have not had the chance to discover flaws in the bill (read more here).

Of course, some legislators vote "nay" far more often than others. Oddly, in most years, it is members of the majority party, not the minority, who cast the most "nay" votes—even as other members of the majority cast the fewest. Just for fun, I list the percent of floor votes that each legislator voted "nay" on in 2007.

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The data

Legislator Party Year Chamber # nay votes # votes held % nay votes
Aagard, Douglas C.R2007House216023.5%
Allen, Sheryl L.R2007House446027.3%
Andersen, Sylvia S.R2007House116021.8%
Barrus, Roger E.R2007House266024.3%
Becker, RalphD2007House7560212.5%
Bell, Gregory S.R2007Senate358204.3%
Bigelow, RonR2007House306025.0%
Bird, JimR2007House486028.0%
Biskupski, JackieD2007House7960213.1%
Bowman, DeMar BudR2007House216023.5%
Bramble, Curtis S.R2007Senate78200.9%
Brown, Melvin R.R2007House286024.7%
Buttars, D. ChrisR2007Senate248202.9%
Buxton, D. GreggR2007House286024.7%
Christensen, Allen M.R2007Senate148201.7%
Clark, DavidR2007House256024.2%
Clark, Stephen D.R2007House266024.3%
Cosgrove, Tim M.D2007House586029.6%
Curtis, Greg J.R2007House216023.5%
Davis, GeneD2007Senate338204.0%
Daw, Bradley M.R2007House436027.1%
Dayton, MargaretR2007Senate728208.8%
Dee, Brad L.R2007House286024.7%
Dmitrich, MikeD2007Senate328203.9%
Donnelson, Glenn A.R2007House246024.0%
Dougall, JohnR2007House6460210.6%
Draxler, Jack R.R2007House306025.0%
Duckworth, Carl W.D2007House6160210.1%
Dunnigan, James A.R2007House416026.8%
Eastman, Dan R.R2007Senate128201.5%
Ferry, Ben C.R2007House396026.5%
Fife, Fred J.D2007Senate458205.5%
Fisher, Janice M.D2007House6760211.1%
Fisher, JulieR2007House366026.0%
Fowlke, Lorie D.R2007House416026.8%
Frank, Craig A.R2007House496028.1%
Froerer, GageR2007House166022.7%
Garn, Kevin S.R2007House266024.3%
Gibson, Kerry W.R2007House316025.1%
Goodfellow, Brent H.D2007Senate458205.5%
Gowans, James R.D2007House7360212.1%
Greiner, Jon J.R2007Senate408204.9%
Grover, KeithR2007House306025.0%
Hansen, Neil A.D2007House8560214.1%
Harper, Wayne A.R2007House476027.8%
Hemingway, Lynn N.D2007House6360210.5%
Hendrickson, Neal B.D2007House7860213.0%
Herrod, Christopher N.R2007House376026.1%
Hickman, John W.R2007Senate318203.8%
Hillyard, Lyle W.R2007Senate298203.5%
Holdaway, Kory M.R2007House466027.6%
Hughes, Gregory H.R2007House306025.0%
Hunsaker, Fred RR2007House336025.5%
Hutchings, Eric K.R2007House266024.3%
Jenkins, Scott K.R2007Senate638207.7%
Johnson, Christine A.D2007House8460214.0%
Jones, Patricia W.D2007Senate448205.4%
Killpack, Sheldon L.R2007Senate118201.3%
King, BradD2007House596029.8%
Kiser, Todd E.R2007House376026.1%
Knudson, Peter C.R2007Senate78200.9%
Last, Bradley G.R2007House356025.8%
Litvack, DavidD2007House7960213.1%
Lockhart, Rebecca D.R2007House336025.5%
Madsen, Mark B.R2007Senate458205.5%
Mascaro, Steven R.R2007House356025.8%
Mathis, John G.R2007House396026.5%
Mayne, EdD2007Senate448205.4%
McCoy, Scott D.D2007Senate768209.3%
McGee, Rosalind J.D2007House8160213.5%
McIff, Kay L.R2007House366026.0%
Menlove, Ronda RuddR2007House426027.0%
Morgan, Karen W.D2007House456027.5%
Morley, Michael T.R2007House6660211.0%
Moss, Carol SpackmanD2007House586029.6%
Neuenschwander, Paul A.R2007House316025.1%
Newbold, Merlynn T.R2007House526028.6%
Niederhauser, Wayne L.R2007Senate168202.0%
Noel, Michael E.R2007House236023.8%
Oda, CurtisR2007House316025.1%
Painter, PatrickR2007House176022.8%
Peterson, Darin G.R2007Senate228202.7%
Ray, PaulR2007House246024.0%
Riesen, PhilD2007House7360212.1%
Romero, Ross I.D2007Senate658207.9%
Sandstrom, Stephen E.R2007House546029.0%
Seelig, Jennifer M.D2007House7060211.6%
Shurtliff, LaWanna LouD2007House546029.0%
Snow, Gordon E.R2007House356025.8%
Stephenson, Howard A.R2007Senate448205.4%
Stowell, Dennis E.R2007Senate258203.0%
Sumsion, Kenneth W.R2007House406026.6%
Tilton, AaronR2007House466027.6%
Urquhart, Stephen H.R2007House186023.0%
Valentine, John L.R2007Senate198202.3%
Van Tassell, Kevin T.R2007Senate288203.4%
Waddoups, Michael G.R2007Senate298203.5%
Walker, Carlene M.R2007Senate68200.7%
Walker, Mark W.R2007House156022.5%
Wheatley, Mark A.D2007House6860211.3%
Wheeler, Richard W.R2007House266024.3%
Wiley, Larry B.D2007House7660212.6%
Wimmer, CarlR2007House526028.6%
Wyatt, Scott LR2007House406026.6%