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Representative Stewart Barlow
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2012
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 9
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Stewart Barlow'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. Barlow's statistical profile

201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H17H17H17H17H17H17H17H17H17
  Party RRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456789
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower========HigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Barlow 752232348
Chamber average 6.45.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference +0.6-0.8-4.4-4.7-4.0-4.7-4.1-3.3+0.7
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Barlow's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 752232348
Bills passed 551132336
Passage rate 71.4%100.0%50.0%50.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%75.0%75.0%
Chamber average 54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference +17.1+34.2-2.2-13.0+46.5+38.6+46.6+11.5+17.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 134216332
Chamber average 3.13.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -2.1-0.5+0.5-1.8-2.3+2.4-0.4-0.4-1.1
Comparison Lower====LowerLowerHigher====Lower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 5131639101136109
Total votes held 651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 0.8%2.0%2.4%5.6%1.5%1.5%4.9%1.3%1.3%
Chamber average 5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -4.9-3.9-3.8-0.7-4.9-3.7-3.1-5.1-5.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower==LowerLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 273542703938595677
Total votes held 651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 4.1%5.3%6.3%10.0%5.9%5.2%8.0%7.4%11.0%
Chamber average 7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -3.7-2.0-1.2+1.4-1.4-1.9+1.5+0.9+4.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 82.2%71.4%69.3%67.8%65.6%71.8%57.3%70.5%48.6%
Chamber average 67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +14.7+4.9+2.2+0.5-0.6+5.0-9.0+2.2-18.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigher======HigherLower==LowerLowerLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 66.060.0nanananananana
Chamber average 57.356.8nanananananana
Difference +8.7+3.2nanananananana
Comparison Higher==nanananananana
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 13.822.013.751.044.844.646.149.761.1
Chamber average 9.17.99.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference +4.7+14.1+4.2+32.0+19.6+23.9+36.3+33.6+43.7
Comparison ======HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Barlow 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) 95.7%96.4%95.7%93.5%95.0%95.9%93.6%94.6%91.6%
Chamber average 94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference +1.4+1.7+1.6-0.3+0.4+1.0-0.2-0.8-3.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigher====Higher====LowerLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 76.3%84.2%76.1%86.8%84.4%93.5%88.4%84.3%73.8%
Chamber average 82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference -6.4+3.0-4.0+4.9-1.0+6.4+5.4-0.3-9.7
Comparison Lower==LowerHigher==HigherHigher==Lower

Votes on Rep. Barlow's bills

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

Rep. Barlow's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Barlow 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
2012 Barlow HB0417S01 28 40 17.6% House/ failed
2012 Barlow HB0025 51 17 50.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Barlow HCR002 55 16 54.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Barlow HB0341 57 9 72.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Barlow HB0217 22 2 83.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2015 Barlow HB0148S01 22 2 83.3% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Barlow HB0013 25 2 85.2% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Barlow HB0341 67 5 86.1% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2014 Barlow HB0114 67 5 86.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Barlow HB0100S02 65 4 88.4% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Barlow's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Barlow 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 Barlow HB0345S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Barlow HB0345S01 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Barlow HB0341 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Barlow HB0277S01 72 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Barlow HB0277S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Barlow HB0277S01 64 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Barlow HB0060 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Barlow HB0060 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Barlow HB0060 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Barlow HB0013 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading