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Representative Joel K. Briscoe
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2024
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2024: 14
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2024: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Joel K. Briscoe'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. Briscoe's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H25H25H25H25H25H25H25H25H25H25H25H25H24H24
Leadership NoneNoneCaucusMgrCaucusMgrAsstWhipAsstWhipWhipWhipNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567891011121314
Years comparison LowerLower========HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Briscoe 45656753766687
Chamber average
Difference -2.3-1.4+0.2-1.4-0.70.0-1.7-4.1-0.3-1.3-0.6-1.1-0.1-1.5
Comparison LowerLower==Lower====LowerLower==Lower======Lower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Briscoe's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 45656753766687
Bills passed 02200111101011
Passage rate 0.0%40%33%0.0%0.0%14%20%33%14%0.0%17%0.0%13%14%
Chamber average 55%54%66%52%63%54%61%53%63%58%60%58%56%56%
Difference -55.0-14.3-32.8-52.2-63.0-39.5-41.4-20.4-49.5-57.6-42.8-58.2-43.3-42.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 00032310020101
Chamber average
Difference -3.3-3.1-3.5-0.5-1.8-0.3-2.6-3.4-3.4-1.1-3.1-2.0-3.5-2.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 112012131738222025221594820
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698666711803845
Absentee rate 1.7%3.1%1.8%2.0%2.4%5.8%3.0%2.7%3.3%3.2%2.3%1.3%6.0%2.4%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%6.1%5.7%6.4%6.8%
Difference -5.4-2.6-4.1-4.2-3.9-0.6-2.2-5.3-3.1-3.9-3.8-4.4-0.4-4.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==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 11887736810388105705862756594108
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698666711803845
"Nay" rate 18%13%11%10%15%13%14%9.5%7.7%8.9%11%9.1%12%13%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%7.7%6.5%7.1%5.7%
Difference +9.6+5.2+3.7+2.5+6.4+5.7+6.9+3.0+1.2+1.9+3.3+2.6+4.9+7.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 38%49%52%62%58%56%46%55%51%58%42%53%44%40%
Chamber average 69%67%67%67%67%66%67%66%68%67%66%67%69%68%
Difference -31.1-18.5-14.1-4.8-9.7-9.8-20.7-11.3-17.8-8.7-24.3-14.5-25.7-27.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 Rep. Briscoe 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%97%97%97%97%98%98%97%98%98%98%97%98%96%
Chamber average 94%94%95%94%94%95%95%94%95%95%94%95%96%96%
Difference +1.9+2.7+1.9+3.1+3.5+3.5+3.1+3.2+2.8+2.8+4.8+1.7+2.7-0.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==
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) 97%95%92%93%97%95%99%88%90%99%97%93%98%94%
Chamber average 85%83%81%80%82%85%87%83%85%83%85%84%88%87%
Difference +12+12+11+13+15+10.0+12+4.5+5.8+15+12+8.9+11+6.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Briscoe's bills

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

Rep. Briscoe's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Briscoe 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
2022 Briscoe HB0189S03 37 36 1.4% House/ failed
2017 Briscoe HB0365S01 42 30 17% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Briscoe HCR011S02 41 29 17% House/ substituted from # 1 to # 2
2019 Briscoe HB0353 44 30 19% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2016 Briscoe HB0272 30 44 19% House/ failed
2021 Briscoe HCR011S02 43 28 21% House/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Briscoe HB0505S03 28 44 22% House/ failed
2019 Briscoe HB0386S01 47 26 29% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Briscoe HB0353 47 26 29% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Briscoe HB0338S01 22 50 39% House/ failed

Rep. Briscoe's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Briscoe 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
2024 Briscoe HB0042 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Briscoe HB0042 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 Briscoe HB0042 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2023 Briscoe HB0260S01 68 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2023 Briscoe HB0021S05 71 0 100% House Conference Committee - Final Passage
2023 Briscoe HB0021S05 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2023 Briscoe HB0021S05 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2021 Briscoe HCR011S02 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Briscoe HB0315 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Briscoe HB0353 21 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension