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Representative Derek E. Brown
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2013
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2013: 3
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2013: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Derek E. Brown'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. Brown's statistical profile

201120122013
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouse
  District H49H49H49
  Party RRR
Leadership NoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123
Years comparison LowerLower==
 
201120122013
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Brown 7813
Chamber average 6.36.45.8
Difference +0.7+1.6+7.2
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigher
 
201120122013
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Brown's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 7813
Bills passed 549
Passage rate 71.4%50.0%69.2%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%
Difference +16.4-4.3+3.4
Comparison Higher====
 
201120122013
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 5129
Chamber average 3.33.13.5
Difference +1.7+8.9+5.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201120122013
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 342046
Total votes held 651651658
Absentee rate 5.2%3.1%7.0%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%
Difference -1.9-2.6+1.1
Comparison ==Lower==
 
201120122013
"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 373133
Total votes held 651651658
"Nay" rate 5.7%4.8%5.0%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%
Difference -2.7-3.0-2.3
Comparison LowerLowerLower
 
201120122013
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 80.0%79.4%76.7%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%
Difference +10.9+11.9+10.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigher
 
201120122013
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 81.351.659.9
Chamber average 68.557.356.8
Difference +12.8-5.7+3.1
Comparison Higher====
 
201120122013
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 -0.325.812.5
Chamber average 0.99.17.9
Difference -1.2+16.7+4.6
Comparison ======
 
201120122013
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Brown 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) 94.6%96.5%95.9%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%
Difference +0.9+2.2+1.2
Comparison ==HigherHigher
 
201120122013
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) 76.5%86.5%78.7%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%
Difference -8.6+3.8-2.5
Comparison LowerHigher==

Votes on Rep. Brown's bills

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

Rep. Brown's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Brown 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
2012 Brown HB0413 43 32 14.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Brown HB0103 48 24 33.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Brown HB0261S01 50 23 37.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Brown HB0194S02 57 12 65.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Brown HB0194S02 63 10 72.6% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Brown HB0413 19 3 72.7% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Brown HB0245S01 61 7 79.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Brown HB0212 19 2 81.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Brown HB0078S01 23 2 84.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Brown HB0352 22 1 91.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading

Rep. Brown's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Brown 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
2013 Brown HB0352 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Brown HB0352 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Brown HB0345 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2013 Brown HB0345 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Brown HB0295 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Brown HB0295 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Brown HB0295 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Brown HB0245S01 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Brown HB0245S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Brown HB0222S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading