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Senator J. Stuart Adams
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2003
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 11

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. J. Stuart Adams'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.

Sen. Adams's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S22S22S22S22S22S22S22S22S22S22S22
Leadership NoneNoneNoneWhipWhipWhipWhipWhipWhipSenPresSenPres
Years in chamber 1234567891011
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower========HigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Adams 1319161813121211611
Chamber average 8.910.69.810.810.611.410.110.69.610.29.7
Difference +4.1+8.4+6.2+7.2+2.4+0.6+1.9+0.4-3.6-9.2-8.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher======LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Adams's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1319161813121211611
Bills passed 11161413111199611
Passage rate 84.6%84.2%87.5%72.2%84.6%91.7%75.0%81.8%100.0%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference +16.0+14.0+15.8+6.8+14.9+23.5+7.4+8.1+16.7+21.6+29.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 16261713171824171410
Chamber average 11.011.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference +5.0+14.6+5.2+1.9+5.5+5.7+11.2+3.6-0.2-12.6-13.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==LowerLowerLowerLower
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 69160104180139334218100132205196
Total votes held 786940890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 8.8%17.0%11.7%19.1%16.5%35.1%25.3%11.0%14.3%21.0%21.5%
Chamber average 11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference -3.1+2.6+1.8+8.0+5.0+23.4+11.3+0.6+1.2+9.8+10.0
Comparison Lower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====HigherHigherHigherHigher
"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 23817178101791078
Total votes held 786940890940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 2.9%0.9%1.9%1.8%1.0%1.1%2.0%1.0%1.1%0.7%0.9%
Chamber average 4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -1.7-2.5-2.9-1.9-2.6-3.7-1.7-1.8-2.1-2.0-1.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 80.0%96.3%89.9%85.7%86.5%93.2%77.4%76.9%80.8%87.0%87.5%
Chamber average 70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +9.8+24.6+19.4+17.1+19.2+24.7+10.6+9.0+12.6+16.8+16.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 80.290.768.072.0nanananananana
Chamber average 69.373.559.264.3nanananananana
Difference +10.9+17.2+8.8+7.7nanananananana
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHighernanananananana
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 71.577.864.952.940.329.564.443.447.372.466.0
Chamber average
Difference +43.5+33.8+32.8+28.0+7.7+3.3+28.7+18.0+23.6+30.8+31.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher====Higher==HigherHigherHigher
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Adams 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) 97.9%99.6%98.2%98.7%99.1%99.2%98.3%98.8%99.1%99.1%99.3%
Chamber average 97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference +0.8+1.8+1.7+1.7+2.4+3.3+1.2+1.0+1.8+1.0+1.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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) 92.5%96.9%96.7%93.6%94.7%92.2%93.6%90.7%95.2%94.1%97.0%
Chamber average 88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference +4.0+5.7+8.7+8.6+10.6+9.7+6.5+4.3+9.8+2.3+6.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Sen. Adams's bills

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

Sen. Adams's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Adams 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
2013 Adams SB0271S03 38 36 2.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Adams SB0256S02 38 35 4.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Adams SB0237 39 35 5.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Adams SB0267 35 39 5.4% House/ failed
2013 Adams SB0078 38 34 5.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Adams SB0251S03 40 35 6.7% House/ floor amendment # 1
2013 Adams SB0267 15 13 7.1% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Adams SB0115S04 33 40 9.6% House/ failed
2015 Adams SB0281S02 16 13 10.3% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Adams SB0243 15 11 15.4% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension

Sen. Adams's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Adams 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
2020 Adams SCR007 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Adams SCR007 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Adams SCR007 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Adams SJR002 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Adams SJR002 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Adams SB0182 25 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2018 Adams SB0182 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Adams SB0182 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Adams SB0182 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Adams SB0166 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading