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Senator Allen M. Christensen
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 16

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Allen M. Christensen'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. Christensen's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S19S19S19S19S19S19S19S19S19S19S19S19S19S19
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 345678910111213141516
Years comparison LowerLower========HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Christensen 6125748876171074
Chamber average
Difference -3.6+2.2-4.0-1.9-6.6-1.8-2.8-3.6-5.4-9.1-3.6+0.4-3.2-5.7
Comparison LowerHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Christensen's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 6125748876171074
Bills passed 55333566405773
Passage rate 83.3%41.7%60.0%42.9%75.0%62.5%75.0%85.7%66.7%0.0%71.4%70.0%100.0%75.0%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference +20.8-26.3-2.8-25.7+4.8-9.2+9.6+16.0-1.5-67.6-2.3-13.3+21.6+4.5
Comparison HigherLowerLower==LowerLower==LowerHigherHigher==LowerLowerLower==LowerHigherHigher==
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 5868159141479871213
Chamber average 11.611.511.111.011.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference -6.6-3.5-5.1-3.0+3.6-2.8+2.9+2.5-5.3-3.8-5.4-7.2-1.6-0.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerHigher==Higher==LowerLowerLowerLower====
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 579110711786737976102661031059491
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 7.0%11.3%13.3%14.9%9.1%8.2%8.4%9.0%10.7%7.7%11.3%11.3%9.6%10.0%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference -1.9+1.7+2.2+3.0-5.3-1.7-2.7-2.5-1.0-6.3+0.9-1.8-1.6-1.5
Comparison ======HigherLower==LowerLower==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 1425122222193239484022331811
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 1.7%3.1%1.5%2.8%2.3%2.1%3.4%4.6%5.0%4.7%2.4%3.6%1.8%1.2%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -2.4-1.0-2.6-1.8-1.1-2.7-0.3+1.0+0.2+1.0-0.4+0.4-0.9-1.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Higher==Higher====LowerLower
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 88.3%73.7%86.8%85.9%81.4%89.3%66.1%54.0%67.0%68.9%73.7%71.2%74.5%80.5%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +18.5+4.6+17.2+15.7+9.7+18.8-2.5-13.3-1.5+2.1+5.8+3.0+4.3+9.6
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Lower====Higher====Higher
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 66.642.367.077.579.761.663.1nanananananana
Chamber average 57.750.060.569.373.559.264.3nanananananana
Difference +8.9-7.7+6.5+8.2+6.2+2.4-1.2nanananananana
Comparison HigherLowerHigherHigher======nanananananana
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 31.826.764.949.366.858.256.168.973.486.384.887.972.867.3
Chamber average 0.45.536.628.
Difference +31.4+21.2+28.3+21.3+22.8+26.1+31.2+36.3+47.2+50.6+59.4+64.2+31.2+32.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Christensen 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) 98.3%97.1%98.1%97.2%97.8%98.4%96.5%94.9%95.0%96.1%97.3%96.7%98.0%99.0%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference +1.6+0.0+0.9+0.1+0.0+1.9-0.5-1.8-0.9-1.0-0.5-0.6-0.1+0.8
Comparison Higher==Higher====Higher==Lower==Lower======Higher
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) 92.9%80.9%88.9%76.9%87.9%91.8%80.4%75.0%87.9%90.4%92.6%88.6%86.7%100.0%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference +9.5-3.9-0.6-11.6-3.3+3.8-4.6-9.1+5.4+3.3+6.2+3.2-5.1+9.1
Comparison HigherLower==LowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLowerHigher==Higher==LowerHigherHigher

Votes on Sen. Christensen's bills

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

Sen. Christensen's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Christensen 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
2017 Christensen SB0029 14 14 0.0% Senate/ failed
2008 Christensen SB0117 15 14 3.4% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Christensen SB0059S01 38 35 4.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Christensen SB0099 31 39 11.4% House/ failed
2019 Christensen SB0045 42 31 15.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Christensen SB0029 17 12 17.2% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Christensen SB0085S02 17 12 17.2% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Christensen SB0259 40 27 19.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Christensen SB0117S01 42 28 20.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Christensen SB0137S03 16 10 23.1% Senate/ passed 2nd reading

Sen. Christensen's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Christensen 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
2020 Christensen SB0135S02 26 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Christensen SB0135S02 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Christensen SB0037S06 25 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Christensen SB0016 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Christensen SB0016 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Christensen SB0075 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Christensen SB0075 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Christensen SB0040 66 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Christensen SB0040 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Christensen SB0029 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading