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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: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 5
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 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

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Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H43H43H43H43H43
  Party RRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Acton 35579
Chamber average 7.17.37.36.67.1
Difference -4.1-2.3-2.3+0.4+1.9
Comparison LowerLowerLower==Higher
 
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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 35579
Bills passed 13236
Passage rate 33%60%40%43%67%
Chamber average 53%63%58%60%58%
Difference -20.4-3.5-17.6-16.8+8.8
Comparison Lower==LowerLower==
 
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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 00013
Chamber average 3.43.43.13.13.0
Difference -3.4-3.4-3.1-2.1+0.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==
 
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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 38848145
Total votes held 734752698666711
Absentee rate 5.2%1.1%6.9%2.1%0.7%
Chamber average 8.0%6.4%7.1%6.1%5.7%
Difference -2.8-5.3-0.2-4.0-5.0
Comparison ==Lower==LowerLower
 
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"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 4641403137
Total votes held 734752698666711
"Nay" rate 6.3%5.5%5.7%4.7%5.2%
Chamber average 6.5%6.5%7.0%7.7%6.5%
Difference -0.2-1.0-1.3-3.0-1.3
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 68%77%79%82%72%
Chamber average 66%68%67%66%67%
Difference +1.4+8.3+12+16+4.6
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
 
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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%96%96%97%96%
Chamber average 94%95%95%94%95%
Difference +0.3+0.8+0.9+3.1+0.4
Comparison ==HigherHigher====
 
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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) 85%87%84%87%86%
Chamber average 83%85%83%85%84%
Difference +1.5+2.0+0.6+2.0+1.9
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Votes on Rep. Acton's bills

Many votes have been held on bills sponsored by Rep. Acton. In the interest of space, I display only the most and least divisive votes held on Rep. Acton's bills.

Rep. Acton's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Acton that had the closest vote margin (as a percent of the total votes cast). When there are ties, I list the most recent bills 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 30% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Acton HB0077S04 50 21 41% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2021 Acton HB0077S04 53 18 49% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Acton HCR025 56 15 58% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Acton HB0136S01 57 15 58% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Acton HB0136S01 23 6 59% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2022 Acton HB0319S01 60 10 71% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Acton HB0155S04 61 8 77% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2022 Acton HCR010 67 2 94% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Acton's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Acton that had the widest vote margin (as a percent of the total votes cast). When there are ties, I display the most recent bills first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2022 Acton HCR020 74 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Acton HCR010 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Acton HB0439S01 74 0 100% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2022 Acton HB0439S01 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2022 Acton HB0439S01 68 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Acton HB0319S01 22 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Acton HB0055 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Acton HB0055 21 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Acton HB0055 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Acton HB0029S02 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading