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Senator Curtis S. Bramble
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2001
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 21

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Curtis S. Bramble'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.

Sen. Bramble's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16
Leadership MajLdrMajLdrNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 89101112131415161718192021
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Bramble 1416172034262026321821171819
Chamber average
Difference +4.4+6.2+8.0+11.1+23.4+16.2+9.2+15.4+20.6+7.9+10.4+7.4+7.8+9.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Bramble's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1416172034262026321821171819
Bills passed 816121423201819281017161615
Passage rate 57.1%100.0%70.6%70.0%67.6%76.9%90.0%73.1%87.5%55.6%81.0%94.1%88.9%78.9%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference -5.4+32.0+7.8+1.4-2.6+5.2+24.6+3.4+19.3-12.0+7.3+10.8+10.5+8.4
Comparison ==HigherHigher========Higher==HigherLower==HigherHigherHigher
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 3433214024442738524952544640
Chamber average 11.611.511.111.011.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference +22.4+21.5+9.9+29.0+12.6+32.2+15.9+26.5+39.7+36.2+38.6+39.8+32.4+26.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 20698226183301102196162159204120137175184
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 25.1%12.2%28.0%23.3%32.0%11.5%20.9%19.3%16.7%23.7%13.1%14.8%17.9%20.2%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference +16.2+2.6+16.9+11.4+17.6+1.6+9.8+7.8+5.0+9.7+2.7+1.7+6.7+8.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher
"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 7101219819161218910121010
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 0.9%1.2%1.5%2.4%0.9%2.1%1.7%1.4%1.9%1.0%1.1%1.3%1.0%1.1%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -3.2-2.9-2.6-2.2-2.5-2.7-2.0-2.2-2.9-2.7-1.7-1.9-1.7-1.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 91.3%88.9%78.6%90.8%95.7%86.3%83.0%85.7%89.0%93.9%83.3%82.0%86.5%87.2%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +21.5+19.8+9.0+20.6+24.0+15.8+14.4+18.4+20.5+27.1+15.4+13.8+16.3+16.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 67.860.277.875.389.764.473.7nanananananana
Chamber average 57.750.060.569.373.559.264.3nanananananana
Difference +10.1+10.2+17.3+6.0+16.2+5.2+9.4nanananananana
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Highernanananananana
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 12.047.573.259.374.
Chamber average 0.45.536.628.
Difference +11.6+42.0+36.6+31.3+30.1+37.9+22.3+7.4+3.3+20.0+21.7+14.7+20.7+24.5
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher======Higher====Higher
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Bramble 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) 98.7%99.0%99.0%97.5%99.5%98.2%99.1%98.8%98.2%99.4%98.9%98.5%98.7%99.2%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference +2.0+1.9+1.8+0.4+1.7+1.7+2.1+2.1+2.3+2.3+1.1+1.2+0.6+1.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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) 88.2%93.2%97.8%85.7%96.4%93.2%97.8%89.5%90.2%95.3%90.6%86.0%88.4%97.1%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference +4.8+8.4+8.3-2.8+5.2+5.2+12.8+5.4+7.7+8.2+4.2+0.6-3.4+6.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==LowerHigherHigher

Votes on Sen. Bramble's bills

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

Sen. Bramble's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Bramble 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
2015 Bramble SB0250 35 38 4.1% House/ failed
2009 Bramble SJR014 38 35 4.1% House/ failed
2019 Bramble SB0058S01 39 34 6.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Bramble SB0114S06 40 33 9.6% House/ substituted from # 4 to # 6
2015 Bramble SB0269 39 30 13.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Bramble SB0067S04 41 31 13.9% House/ floor amendment # 2 sections 4-5
2017 Bramble SB0158 40 29 15.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Bramble SB0199S03 30 43 17.8% House/ failed
2013 Bramble SB0187S02 16 11 18.5% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Bramble SB0203 43 29 19.4% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Bramble's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Bramble 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 Bramble SCR011 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Bramble SCR011 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Bramble SCR006S01 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Bramble SCR006S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Bramble SCR006S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Bramble SB0225S01 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Bramble SB0225S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Bramble SB0202S01 62 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Bramble SB0202S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Bramble SB0202S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading