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Representative Melissa G. Ballard
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2019
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Melissa G. Ballard'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. Ballard'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 HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H20H20H20H20
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234
Years comparison LowerLowerLower==
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Ballard 109912
Chamber average 7.37.36.67.1
Difference +2.7+1.7+2.4+4.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Ballard's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 109912
Bills passed 3485
Passage rate 30%44%89%42%
Chamber average 63%58%60%58%
Difference -33.5-13.6+29-16.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherHigherLower
 
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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 3142
Chamber average 3.43.13.13.0
Difference -0.4-2.1+0.9-1.0
Comparison ==Lower====
 
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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 124522
Total votes held 752698666711
Absentee rate 1.6%0.6%0.8%3.1%
Chamber average 6.4%7.1%6.1%5.7%
Difference -4.8-6.5-5.3-2.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 38374328
Total votes held 752698666711
"Nay" rate 5.1%5.3%6.5%3.9%
Chamber average 6.5%7.0%7.7%6.5%
Difference -1.4-1.7-1.2-2.6
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 83%80%73%78%
Chamber average 68%67%66%67%
Difference +15+13+7.0+10
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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. Ballard 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) 96%96%95%95%
Chamber average 95%95%94%95%
Difference +0.3+0.9+1.2-0.4
Comparison ==Higher====
 
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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) 79%74%79%66%
Chamber average 85%83%85%84%
Difference -5.3-9.7-5.8-18.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Ballard's bills

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

Rep. Ballard's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Ballard 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
2019 Ballard HB0363S01 37 36 1.4% House/ failed
2019 Ballard HB0454S01 39 35 5.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0115 34 41 9.3% House/ failed
2021 Ballard HB0318S03 40 32 11% House/ substituted from # 1 to # 2
2021 Ballard HB0018S01 45 28 23% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0311S03 46 28 24% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0311S03 10 18 29% Senate/ failed
2020 Ballard HB0236S01 49 22 38% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0404S01 20 5 60% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2021 Ballard HB0223S04 26 2 86% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension

Rep. Ballard's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Ballard 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 Ballard HCR007S02 66 0 100% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2022 Ballard HCR007S02 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HCR007S02 21 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Ballard HCR007S02 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0404S01 71 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0194 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0194 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Ballard HB0194 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0149 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Ballard HB0149 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading