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Representative Jackie Biskupski
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1999
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2011
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2011: 13
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2011: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Jackie Biskupski'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. Biskupski's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H30H30H30H30H30
  Party DDDDD
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 910111213
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Biskupski 32344
Chamber average
Difference -3.1-4.1-2.9-2.1-2.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Biskupski's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 32344
Bills passed 21120
Passage rate 66.7%50.0%33.3%50.0%0.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%
Difference +16.1-2.8-26.6-10.9-55.0
Comparison Higher==LowerLowerLowerLower
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 00001
Chamber average
Difference -3.1-3.2-2.8-2.8-2.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 3933373433
Total votes held 602616600614651
Absentee rate 6.5%5.4%6.2%5.5%5.1%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%
Difference -1.8-2.9+0.2-1.3-2.0
Comparison ==Lower======
"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 79587665111
Total votes held 602616600614651
"Nay" rate 13.1%9.4%12.7%10.6%17.1%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%
Difference +5.9+3.4+4.6+3.2+8.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 40.5%46.6%48.0%51.2%37.3%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%
Difference -26.0-22.3-18.5-17.8-31.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 20.818.212.328.225.3
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.5
Difference -36.1-28.4-42.9-32.6-43.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 -93.5-85.4-85.9-93.6-94.8
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.9
Difference -97.2-82.9-89.8-88.7-95.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Biskupski 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) 96.1%96.9%95.7%97.6%94.3%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%
Difference +1.6+1.5+1.4+2.9+0.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==
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) 94.7%91.1%92.0%98.6%92.7%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%
Difference +15.4+9.4+10.6+14.3+7.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Biskupski's bills

Only 8 bills sponsored by Rep. Biskupski have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Biskupski sponsored. The votes are sorted by vote margin, with the most divisive votes listed first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2008 Biskupski HB0150 63 10 72.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Biskupski HB0114S01 70 1 97.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Biskupski HB0340 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Biskupski HB0340 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Biskupski HB0109 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Biskupski HB0109 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Biskupski HB0132S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Biskupski HB0132S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2009 Biskupski HB0132S01 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Biskupski HB0078 27 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd