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Representative Ron Bigelow
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1995
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 16
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Ron Bigelow'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. Bigelow's statistical profile

2007200820092010
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H32H32H32H32
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 13141516
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Bigelow 1013159
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.1
Difference +3.9+6.9+9.1+2.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Bigelow's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1013159
Bills passed 88139
Passage rate 80.0%61.5%86.7%100.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%
Difference +29.4+8.7+26.8+39.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
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 8693
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.8
Difference +4.9+2.8+6.2+0.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==
 
2007200820092010
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 825814192
Total votes held 602616600614
Absentee rate 13.6%9.4%23.5%15.0%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%
Difference +5.3+1.1+17.5+8.2
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
"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 30262240
Total votes held 602616600614
"Nay" rate 5.0%4.2%3.7%6.5%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%
Difference -2.2-1.8-4.4-0.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==
 
2007200820092010
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 72.7%76.9%86.7%68.5%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%
Difference +6.2+8.0+20.2-0.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher==
 
2007200820092010
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 48.858.054.564.8
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.8
Difference -8.1+11.4-0.7+4.0
Comparison LowerHigher====
 
2007200820092010
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 10.816.422.216.2
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.9
Difference +7.1+18.9+18.3+21.1
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Bigelow 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) 94.6%95.5%95.6%95.0%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%
Difference +0.1+0.1+1.3+0.3
Comparison ====Higher==
 
2007200820092010
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) 71.9%80.0%78.0%83.3%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%
Difference -7.4-1.7-3.4-1.0
Comparison Lower==Lower==

Votes on Rep. Bigelow's bills

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

Rep. Bigelow's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Bigelow 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
2010 Bigelow HB0125 13 14 3.7% Senate/ failed
2008 Bigelow HB0278S01 33 41 10.8% House/ failed
2007 Bigelow HB0371S01 32 40 11.1% House/ failed
2009 Bigelow HB0249S01 39 31 11.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Bigelow HB0410 47 24 32.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Bigelow HB0371S01 46 23 33.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Bigelow HB0445 16 6 45.5% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Bigelow HB0003 21 7 50.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2010 Bigelow HB0353 57 13 62.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Bigelow HB0410 22 5 63.0% Senate/ pass 2nd

Rep. Bigelow's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Bigelow 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
2010 Bigelow HB0440S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Bigelow HB0440S01 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Bigelow HB0425S01 68 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2010 Bigelow HB0425S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Bigelow HB0425S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Bigelow HB0353 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Bigelow HB0310 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Bigelow HB0310 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Bigelow HB0262 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Bigelow HB0262 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading