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Senator D. Gregg Buxton
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2003
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 5
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 4

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. D. Gregg Buxton'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. Buxton's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District H12S20S20S20S20
  Party RRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 51234
Years comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Buxton 34342
Chamber average
Difference -3.1-6.6-6.6-6.2-7.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Buxton's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 34342
Bills passed 34242
Passage rate 100.0%100.0%66.7%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 50.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference +49.4+26.3-16.6+21.6+29.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherLowerHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 21110910
Chamber average 3.113.414.213.613.3
Difference -1.1-2.4-4.2-4.6-3.3
Comparison ====LowerLowerLower
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 4525504672
Total votes held 602913926975910
Absentee rate 7.5%2.7%5.4%4.7%7.9%
Chamber average 8.3%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference -0.8-7.7-7.7-6.5-3.6
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
"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 28617136
Total votes held 602913926975910
"Nay" rate 4.7%0.7%1.8%1.3%0.7%
Chamber average 7.2%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -2.5-2.1-1.4-1.4-1.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 77.1%89.5%78.9%91.1%87.8%
Chamber average 66.5%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +10.6+21.6+10.7+20.9+16.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 53.5nananana
Chamber average 56.9nananana
Difference -3.4nananana
Comparison ==nananana
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 2.840.314.574.141.4
Chamber average 3.725.423.741.634.7
Difference -0.9+14.9-9.2+32.5+6.7
Comparison ======Higher==
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Buxton 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) 94.8%99.4%98.2%99.0%99.2%
Chamber average 94.5%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference +0.3+1.6+0.9+0.9+1.0
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) 60.0%94.5%93.3%97.7%88.2%
Chamber average 79.3%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference -19.3+8.1+7.9+5.9-2.7
Comparison LowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower

Votes on Sen. Buxton's bills

Only 16 bills sponsored by Sen. Buxton have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Sen. Buxton 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
2018 Buxton SB0218 13 10 13.0% Senate/ failed
2018 Buxton SB0218 16 12 14.3% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Buxton SB0218 18 8 38.5% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Buxton SB0127 19 6 52.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Buxton SB0127 19 6 52.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Buxton SB0228S01 21 6 55.6% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Buxton SB0127 53 15 55.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Buxton HB0473S01 56 15 57.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Buxton SB0218 14 58 61.1% House/ failed
2018 Buxton SB0128S03 63 9 75.0% House/ passed 3rd reading