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Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2008
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 11
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck'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. Chavez-Houck's statistical profile

20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H24H24H24H24H24H24H24H24H24H24H24
  Party DDDDDDDDDDD
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneAsstWhipAsstWhipWhipWhipNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567891011
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Chavez-Houck 44865667694
Chamber average 6.15.96.16.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.1
Difference -2.1-1.9+1.9-0.3-1.4+0.2-0.4+0.3-1.0+2.3-3.1
Comparison LowerLowerHigher==Lower========HigherLower
 
20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Chavez-Houck's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 44865667694
Bills passed 01314245312
Passage rate 0.0%25.0%37.5%16.7%80.0%33.3%66.7%71.4%50.0%11.1%50.0%
Chamber average 52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%
Difference -52.8-34.9-23.4-38.3+25.7-32.5+14.5+8.4-3.5-50.3-3.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLowerHigher====LowerLower==
 
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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 12100002211
Chamber average 3.22.82.83.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.4
Difference -2.2-0.8-1.8-3.3-3.1-3.5-3.5-1.8-1.3-2.6-2.4
Comparison Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 78283331819121119
Total votes held 616600614651651658664699657727734
Absentee rate 1.1%1.3%0.3%1.2%0.5%5.0%2.7%2.7%1.8%1.5%2.6%
Chamber average 8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%
Difference -7.2-4.7-6.5-5.9-5.2-0.9-3.5-3.6-4.6-3.7-5.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
"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 689168123865465999511074
Total votes held 616600614651651658664699657727734
"Nay" rate 11.0%15.2%11.1%18.9%13.2%8.2%9.8%14.2%14.5%15.1%10.1%
Chamber average 6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%
Difference +5.0+7.1+3.7+10.5+5.4+0.9+2.3+5.6+7.2+8.0+3.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 49.2%45.6%54.0%39.3%53.5%61.0%62.3%59.3%56.1%49.5%57.7%
Chamber average 68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%
Difference -19.7-20.9-15.0-29.8-14.0-5.5-4.8-8.0-10.1-17.3-8.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 17.410.325.315.030.632.1nanananana
Chamber average 46.655.260.868.557.356.8nanananana
Difference -29.2-44.9-35.5-53.5-26.7-24.7nanananana
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowernanananana
 
20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 -96.9-95.4-97.2-99.2-96.1-83.9-91.7-88.2-91.9-96.2-94.7
Chamber average -2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.8
Difference -94.4-99.3-92.3-100.1-105.2-91.8-101.2-107.2-117.1-116.9-104.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Chavez-Houck 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) 96.5%94.0%96.7%94.4%95.5%96.8%98.1%97.5%98.0%97.3%98.2%
Chamber average 95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%
Difference +1.1-0.3+2.0+0.7+1.2+2.1+4.0+3.7+3.4+2.4+4.4
Comparison Higher==Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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) 96.6%94.7%95.8%97.0%88.2%87.7%94.1%93.3%95.6%98.9%95.8%
Chamber average 81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%
Difference +14.9+13.3+11.5+11.9+5.5+6.5+14.0+11.4+10.2+11.8+12.8
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Chavez-Houck's bills

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

Rep. Chavez-Houck's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Chavez-Houck 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
2018 Chavez-Houck HB0319 38 32 8.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Chavez-Houck HB0119 32 38 8.6% House/ failed
2012 Chavez-Houck HB0119 44 30 18.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Chavez-Houck HB0156S01 42 26 23.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Chavez-Houck HB0091S02 10 18 28.6% Senate/ failed
2013 Chavez-Houck HB0091S02 18 10 28.6% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Chavez-Houck HB0156S01 47 21 38.2% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Chavez-Houck HB0180 18 8 38.5% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Chavez-Houck HJR030S01 19 6 52.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2012 Chavez-Houck HB0119 21 6 55.6% Senate/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Chavez-Houck's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Chavez-Houck 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
2018 Chavez-Houck HCR012S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Chavez-Houck HCR012S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Chavez-Houck HB0218S06 70 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2018 Chavez-Houck HB0218S06 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Chavez-Houck HB0218S06 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Chavez-Houck HJR016 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Chavez-Houck HB0278S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Chavez-Houck HB0278S01 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Chavez-Houck HB0328 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Chavez-Houck HB0285 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading