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Representative Roger E. Barrus
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2001
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 14
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Roger E. Barrus'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. Barrus's statistical profile

20072008200920102011201220132014
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H18H18H18H18H18H18H18H18
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 7891011121314
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Barrus 42747444
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.45.86.4
Difference -2.1-4.1+1.1-2.1+0.7-2.4-1.8-2.4
Comparison LowerLowerLower==Lower==LowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Barrus's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 42747444
Bills passed 32236432
Passage rate 75.0%100.0%28.6%75.0%85.7%100.0%75.0%50.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%
Difference +24.4+47.2-31.3+14.1+30.7+45.7+9.2-2.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigher====
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 33412011
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.13.53.5
Difference -0.1-0.2+1.2-1.8-1.3-3.1-2.5-2.5
Comparison ======LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 167461822286143
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
Absentee rate 2.7%1.1%7.7%2.9%3.4%4.3%9.3%6.5%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%
Difference -5.6-7.2+1.7-3.9-3.7-1.4+3.4+0.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLower==Higher==
 
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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 2626223435405054
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
"Nay" rate 4.3%4.2%3.7%5.5%5.4%6.1%7.6%8.1%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%
Difference -2.9-1.8-4.4-1.9-3.0-1.7+0.3+0.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower====
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 84.9%81.0%79.6%80.2%81.3%72.3%66.1%54.7%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%
Difference +18.4+12.1+13.1+11.2+12.2+4.8-0.4-12.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==LowerLower
 
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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 70.749.974.569.381.363.273.3na
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8na
Difference +13.8+3.3+19.3+8.5+12.8+5.9+16.5na
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigher==Higherna
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 28.718.924.120.622.344.745.834.7
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.5
Difference +25.0+21.4+20.2+25.5+21.4+35.6+37.9+25.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Barrus 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) 95.9%96.2%96.9%95.8%94.9%97.1%95.1%92.1%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%
Difference +1.4+0.8+2.6+1.1+1.2+2.8+0.4-2.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Lower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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) 79.5%83.9%86.5%88.2%88.1%96.6%91.3%78.5%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%
Difference +0.2+2.2+5.1+3.9+3.0+13.9+10.1-1.6
Comparison ====HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher==

Votes on Rep. Barrus's bills

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

Rep. Barrus's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Barrus 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
2009 Barrus HB0412 17 9 30.8% Senate/ passed 2nd reading/ suspension
2012 Barrus HJR003 19 7 46.2% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Barrus HJR003 20 7 48.1% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Barrus HJR019 20 7 48.1% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Barrus HB0136S01 18 56 51.4% House/ failed
2009 Barrus HB0412 54 17 52.1% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2009 Barrus HB0412 55 16 54.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Barrus HB0048 57 16 56.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Barrus HJR003 62 13 65.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Barrus HB0072 59 12 66.2% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Barrus's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Barrus 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
2014 Barrus HB0086S01 74 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2014 Barrus HB0086S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Barrus HB0086S01 17 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Barrus HB0027 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Barrus HB0027 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Barrus HB0250 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Barrus HB0250 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Barrus HB0250 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Barrus HB0142 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Barrus HB0142 18 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading