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Representative Patrice M. Arent
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1997
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 16
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 4

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Patrice M. Arent'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. Arent'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 HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H36H36H36H36H36H36H36H36H36H36
  Party DDDDDDDDDD
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneCaucusMgrCaucusMgrNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 78910111213141516
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Arent 7446386696
Chamber average 6.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference +0.7-2.4-1.8-0.4-3.7+1.0-0.7-1.1+1.7-1.3
Comparison ==LowerLower==Lower======HigherLower
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Arent's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 7446386696
Bills passed 3134254564
Passage rate 42.9%25.0%75.0%66.7%66.7%62.5%66.7%83.3%66.7%66.7%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -12.1-29.3+9.2+14.5+3.7+9.0+5.3+29.9+3.2+9.1
Comparison LowerLower==Higher==Higher==HigherHigher====
 
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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 3221102112
Chamber average 3.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -0.3-1.1-1.5-2.5-2.8-3.3-1.6-2.4-2.4-1.1
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 38213725202027122828
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 5.8%3.2%5.6%3.8%2.9%3.0%3.7%1.6%3.7%4.0%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -1.3-2.5-0.3-2.4-3.4-3.4-1.5-6.4-2.7-3.1
Comparison ==Lower==LowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLower
 
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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 95795758928094675550
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 14.6%12.1%8.7%8.7%13.2%12.2%12.9%9.1%7.3%7.2%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference +6.2+4.3+1.4+1.2+4.6+4.9+5.8+2.6+0.8+0.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====
 
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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 45.6%52.1%52.5%65.8%55.7%55.4%51.5%60.4%49.5%65.4%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference -23.5-15.4-14.0-1.3-11.6-10.8-15.3-5.9-18.8-1.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
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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 26.723.419.9nanananananana
Chamber average 68.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference -41.8-33.9-36.9nanananananana
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowernanananananana
 
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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 -90.6-98.6-92.9-88.5-92.1-74.5-92.0-78.8-83.2-87.8
Chamber average 0.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference -91.5-107.7-100.8-98.0-111.1-99.7-112.7-88.6-99.3-105.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Arent 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) 97.2%97.4%98.0%98.1%97.9%98.1%97.4%98.3%98.9%98.1%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference +3.5+3.1+3.3+4.0+4.1+3.5+2.5+4.5+3.5+3.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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) 94.8%93.2%95.7%92.4%95.4%91.5%93.2%88.9%95.9%91.9%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference +9.7+10.5+14.5+12.3+13.5+6.1+6.1+5.9+11.3+8.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Arent's bills

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

Rep. Arent's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Arent 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 Arent HB0110S02 15 14 3.4% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Arent HB0089S01 39 35 5.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Arent HB0013 16 13 10.3% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Arent HB0134S02 39 29 14.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Arent HB0065 31 42 15.1% House/ failed
2019 Arent HB0148S04 15 11 15.4% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Arent HB0013 41 30 15.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Arent HB0148S04 40 29 15.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Arent HB0200 30 42 16.7% House/ failed
2012 Arent HB0283 42 30 16.7% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Arent's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Arent 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 Arent HCR012 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Arent HB0235S02 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Arent HB0234 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Arent HB0097S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Arent HB0097S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Arent HB0097S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Arent HCR013 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Arent HCR013 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Arent HCR013 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Arent HCR004 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading