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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: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 23

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 SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16S16
Leadership MajLdrMajLdrNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 891011121314151617181920212223
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Bramble 14161720342620263218211718192215
Chamber average
Difference +4.4+6.2+8.0+11+23+16+9.2+15+21+7.9+10+7.4+7.8+9.3+13+5.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 14161720342620263218211718192215
Bills passed 8161214232018192810171616151914
Passage rate 57%100%71%70%68%77%90%73%88%56%81%94%89%79%86%93%
Chamber average 63%68%63%69%70%72%65%70%68%68%74%83%78%70%71%71%
Difference -5.5+32+8.2+1.4-2.2+5.3+25+3.3+20-11.6+7.3+11+11+8.5+15+22
Comparison ==HigherHigher========Higher==HigherLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 34332140244427385249525446402735
Chamber average 12111111111211111213131414131213
Difference +22+22+9.9+29+13+32+16+27+40+36+39+40+32+27+15+22
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 20698226183301102196162159204120137175184154119
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910919931
Absentee rate 25%12%28%23%32%11%21%19%17%24%13%15%18%20%17%13%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11%12%14%9.9%11%12%12%14%10%13%11%11%8.0%12%
Difference +16+2.4+17+11+18+1.1+9.9+7.5+5.3+10+2.6+1.9+6.8+8.5+9.0+0.8
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==
"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 7101219819161218910121010155
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910919931
"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%1.6%0.5%
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%4.0%2.6%
Difference -3.2-2.9-2.6-2.2-2.5-2.7-2.0-2.2-2.9-2.7-1.7-1.9-1.7-1.4-2.4-2.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 91%89%79%91%96%86%83%86%89%94%83%82%87%87%89%88%
Chamber average 70%69%70%70%72%70%69%67%68%67%68%68%70%71%70%71%
Difference +22+20+9.0+21+24+16+14+18+21+27+15+14+16+16+19+17
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
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) 99%99%99%98%100%98%99%99%98%99%99%99%99%99%99%100%
Chamber average 97%97%97%97%98%96%97%97%96%97%98%97%98%98%97%98%
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+1.8+1.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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%93%98%86%96%93%98%90%90%95%91%86%88%97%93%100%
Chamber average 83%85%89%89%91%88%85%84%83%87%86%85%92%91%88%92%
Difference +4.8+8.4+8.3-2.8+5.2+5.2+13+5.4+7.7+8.2+4.2+0.6-3.4+6.2+4.5+8.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigher

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
2022 Bramble SB0134S04 40 34 8.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Bramble SB0114S06 40 33 9.6% House/ substituted from # 4 to # 6
2015 Bramble SB0269 39 30 13% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Bramble SB0067S04 41 31 14% House/ floor amendment # 2 sections 4-5
2017 Bramble SB0158 40 29 16% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Bramble SB0146 40 28 18% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Bramble SB0199S03 30 43 18% House/ failed

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
2022 Bramble SB0241 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Bramble SB0241 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Bramble SB0237S01 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Bramble SB0237S01 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Bramble SB0237S01 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Bramble SB0204S03 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Bramble SB0204S03 22 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Bramble SB0183 29 0 100% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2022 Bramble SB0183 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Bramble SB0183 20 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading