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Representative Scott H. Chew
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2015
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Scott H. Chew'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. Chew's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H55H55H55H55H55H55H55H55
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Chew 22531243
Chamber average
Difference -4.7-5.0-1.7-4.1-6.3-5.3-2.6-4.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Chew's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 22531243
Bills passed 21311142
Passage rate 100%50%60%33%100%50%100%67%
Chamber average 63%54%61%53%63%58%60%58%
Difference +37-3.5-1.4-20.4+37-7.6+40+8.8
Comparison HigherHigher====LowerHigherHigher==HigherHigher==
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 44122115
Chamber average
Difference +0.2+0.7-2.6-1.4-1.4-2.1-2.1+2.0
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerHigher
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 912214116362150
Total votes held 699657727734752698666711
Absentee rate 1.3%1.8%2.9%5.6%2.1%5.2%3.2%7.0%
Chamber average 6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%6.1%5.7%
Difference -5.0-4.6-2.3-2.4-4.3-1.9-2.9+1.3
Comparison LowerLowerLower==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 6460494353655552
Total votes held 699657727734752698666711
"Nay" rate 9.2%9.1%6.7%5.9%7.0%9.3%8.3%7.3%
Chamber average 8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%7.7%6.5%
Difference +0.6+1.8-0.4-0.6+0.5+2.3+0.6+0.8
Comparison ==Higher======Higher====
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 59%62%78%65%74%61%78%70%
Chamber average 67%66%67%66%68%67%66%67%
Difference -8.8-4.3+11-1.5+5.8-6.0+12+2.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigher==HigherLowerHigher==
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. Chew 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) 92%92%95%94%94%92%94%94%
Chamber average 94%95%95%94%95%95%94%95%
Difference -1.5-2.5-0.4+0.1-1.0-2.5+0.8-1.2
Comparison LowerLower====LowerLowerLower==Lower
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) 80%74%82%77%89%86%92%85%
Chamber average 82%85%87%83%85%83%85%84%
Difference -1.7-11.2-5.0-6.2+4.0+2.9+7.4+1.3
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerHigher==Higher==

Votes on Rep. Chew's bills

Only 17 bills sponsored by Rep. Chew have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Chew 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 Chew HB0413S02 20 6 54% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Chew HB0413S02 56 14 60% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Chew HB0060 63 9 75% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Chew HB0117S02 70 4 89% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Chew HB0170S01 22 1 91% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Chew HB0171 28 1 93% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Chew HB0171 69 2 94% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Chew HB0170S01 72 1 97% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Chew HB0263 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2022 Chew HB0263 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading