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Representative Johnny Anderson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2010
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2016
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2016: 7
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2016: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Johnny Anderson'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. Anderson's statistical profile

2010201120122013201420152016
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H34H34H34H34H34H34H34
  Party RRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567
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 Anderson 6748999
Chamber average 6.16.36.45.86.46.77.0
Difference -0.1+0.7-2.4+2.2+2.6+2.3+2.0
Comparison ====LowerHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Anderson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 6748999
Bills passed 3315564
Passage rate 50.0%42.9%25.0%62.5%55.6%66.7%44.4%
Chamber average 60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%
Difference -10.9-12.1-29.3-3.3+3.4+3.7-9.1
Comparison LowerLowerLower======Lower
 
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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 0124734
Chamber average 2.83.33.13.53.53.83.3
Difference -2.8-2.3-1.1+0.5+3.5-0.8+0.7
Comparison LowerLowerLower==HigherHigher====
 
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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 184639272836188
Total votes held 614651651658664699657
Absentee rate 2.9%7.1%6.0%4.1%4.2%5.2%28.6%
Chamber average 6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%
Difference -3.9-0.0+0.3-1.8-2.0-1.1+22.2
Comparison Lower====LowerLower==HigherHigherHigher
 
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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 75696974576731
Total votes held 614651651658664699657
"Nay" rate 12.2%10.6%10.6%11.2%8.6%9.6%4.7%
Chamber average 7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%
Difference +4.8+2.2+2.8+3.9+1.1+1.0-2.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Lower
 
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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 56.3%72.0%63.5%60.7%71.1%64.6%67.9%
Chamber average 69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%
Difference -12.7+2.9-4.0-5.8+4.0-2.7+1.7
Comparison Lower==LowerLowerHigher====
 
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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 57.786.352.255.7nanana
Chamber average 60.868.557.356.8nanana
Difference -3.1+17.8-5.1-1.1nanana
Comparison ==Higher====nanana
 
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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 42.142.546.934.332.910.848.2
Chamber average -4.90.99.17.99.519.025.2
Difference +47.0+41.6+37.8+26.4+23.4-8.2+23.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Anderson 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) 89.4%89.2%89.2%89.2%92.4%90.9%92.7%
Chamber average 94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%
Difference -5.3-4.5-5.1-5.5-1.7-2.9-1.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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) 76.8%86.7%77.8%65.3%75.4%64.4%84.3%
Chamber average 84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%
Difference -7.5+1.6-4.9-15.9-4.7-17.5-1.1
Comparison Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==

Votes on Rep. Anderson's bills

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

Rep. Anderson's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Anderson 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
2015 Anderson HB0420S02 15 14 3.4% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Anderson HB0187S01 31 40 12.7% House/ failed
2015 Anderson HB0330S01 30 42 16.7% House/ failed
2013 Anderson HB0316 43 29 19.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Anderson HB0362S06 44 29 20.5% House Conference Committee - Final Passage
2016 Anderson HB0296S01 44 27 23.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Anderson HB0362S06 51 22 39.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Anderson HB0160 52 21 42.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Anderson HB0362S06 20 8 42.9% Senate Conference Committee - Final Passage
2015 Anderson HB0362S06 22 7 51.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension

Rep. Anderson's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Anderson 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
2016 Anderson HB0416 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Anderson HB0415S01 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Anderson HB0209 66 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2016 Anderson HB0209 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Anderson HB0209 20 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2016 Anderson HB0209 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Anderson HB0168 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Anderson HB0060 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Anderson HB0060 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Anderson HB0055S01 72 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment