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Representative Cheryl K. Acton
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2018
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 3
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Cheryl K. Acton'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.

Rep. Acton's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouse
  District H43H43H43
  Party RRR
Leadership NoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Acton 355
Chamber average
Difference -4.1-2.3-2.3
Comparison LowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Acton's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 355
Bills passed 132
Passage rate 33.3%60.0%40.0%
Chamber average 53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -20.1-3.5-17.6
Comparison Lower==Lower
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 000
Chamber average
Difference -3.4-3.4-3.1
Comparison LowerLowerLower
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 38848
Total votes held 734752698
Absentee rate 5.2%1.1%6.9%
Chamber average 8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -2.8-5.3-0.2
Comparison ==Lower==
"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 464140
Total votes held 734752698
"Nay" rate 6.3%5.5%5.7%
Chamber average 6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -0.2-1.0-1.3
Comparison ==LowerLower
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 67.7%76.6%78.6%
Chamber average 66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +1.4+8.3+11.6
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigher
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 rating nanana
Chamber average nanana
Difference nanana
Comparison nanana
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 39.346.641.7
Chamber average 9.816.117.4
Difference +29.5+30.5+24.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigher
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Acton 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%.
Score (overall) 94.1%96.2%95.7%
Chamber average 93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference +0.3+0.8+0.9
Comparison ==HigherHigher
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.
Score (party-line only) 84.5%86.6%84.1%
Chamber average 83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference +1.5+2.0+0.6
Comparison ======

Votes on Rep. Acton's bills

Only 9 bills sponsored by Rep. Acton have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Acton 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
2020 Acton HB0278S01 38 34 5.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Acton HB0245 46 25 29.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Acton HCR025 56 15 57.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Acton HB0136S01 57 15 58.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Acton HB0136S01 23 6 58.6% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Acton HB0155S04 61 8 76.8% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Acton HB0155S04 68 2 94.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Acton HB0061 72 1 97.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Acton HB0278S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Acton HB0155S04 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading