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Representative Jim Bird
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2007
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Jim Bird'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. Bird'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 H42H42H42H42H42H42H42H42
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Bird 235557128
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.45.86.4
Difference -4.1-3.1-0.9-1.1-1.3+0.6+6.2+1.6
Comparison LowerLower========HigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Bird's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 235557128
Bills passed 01403273
Passage rate 0.0%33.3%80.0%0.0%60.0%28.6%58.3%37.5%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%
Difference -50.6-19.5+20.1-60.9+5.0-25.7-7.5-14.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLower==Lower==Lower
 
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 00013344
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.13.53.5
Difference -3.1-3.2-2.8-1.8-0.3-0.1+0.5+0.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower========
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 453724527304233
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
Absentee rate 7.5%6.0%4.0%0.8%4.1%4.6%6.4%5.0%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%
Difference -0.8-2.3-2.0-6.0-3.0-1.1+0.5-1.2
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerLower======
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
"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 4847575597937084
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
"Nay" rate 8.0%7.6%9.5%9.0%14.9%14.3%10.6%12.7%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%
Difference +0.8+1.6+1.4+1.6+6.5+6.5+3.3+5.2
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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 57.5%55.2%65.0%67.4%45.1%40.2%47.5%52.1%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%
Difference -9.0-13.7-1.5-1.6-24.0-27.3-19.0-15.0
Comparison LowerLowerLower====LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 61.338.048.853.047.343.052.4na
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8na
Difference +4.4-8.6-6.4-7.8-21.2-14.3-4.4na
Comparison ==Lower==LowerLowerLower==na
 
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 -3.70.826.216.518.745.214.637.3
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.5
Difference -7.4+3.3+22.3+21.4+17.8+36.1+6.7+27.8
Comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Bird 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) 92.3%93.3%92.9%91.4%85.4%86.8%91.1%88.9%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%
Difference -2.2-2.1-1.4-3.3-8.3-7.5-3.6-5.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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) 60.3%64.3%74.0%69.6%60.4%62.5%65.2%72.3%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%
Difference -19.0-17.4-7.4-14.7-24.7-20.2-16.0-7.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Bird's bills

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

Rep. Bird's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Bird 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
2007 Bird HB0153S01 36 37 1.4% House/ failed
2013 Bird HB0271S02 33 39 8.3% House/ failed
2011 Bird HB0199 42 30 16.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Bird HB0199 27 44 23.9% House/ failed
2013 Bird HB0271S02 24 47 32.4% House/ failed
2012 Bird HB0024S02 25 49 32.4% House/ failed
2012 Bird HB0024S02 43 20 36.5% House/ floor amendment
2011 Bird HB0199 17 7 41.7% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 Bird HB0199 18 7 44.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Bird HB0043 56 13 62.3% House/ concurs with Senate amendment

Rep. Bird's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Bird 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 Bird HB0274 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Bird HB0274 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Bird HB0274 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Bird HB0243S03 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Bird HB0076S01 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Bird HB0076S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Bird HB0076S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Bird HB0076S01 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Bird HB0259 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Bird HB0257 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading