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Representative Tim M. Cosgrove
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 11
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Tim M. Cosgrove'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. Cosgrove's statistical profile

20072008200920102011201220132014
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H44H44H44H44H44H44H44H44
  Party DDDDDDDD
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneWhipWhip
Years in chamber 4567891011
Years comparison ========HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Cosgrove 34423315
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.45.86.4
Difference -3.1-2.1-1.9-4.1-3.3-3.4-4.8-1.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Cosgrove's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 34423315
Bills passed 11222312
Passage rate 33.3%25.0%50.0%100.0%66.7%100.0%100.0%40.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%
Difference -17.3-27.8-9.9+39.1+11.7+45.7+34.2-12.2
Comparison LowerLowerLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower
 
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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 10000012
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.13.53.5
Difference -2.1-3.2-2.8-2.8-3.3-3.1-2.5-1.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 77263161332
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
Absentee rate 1.2%1.1%0.3%1.0%0.5%2.5%2.0%4.8%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%
Difference -7.1-7.2-5.7-5.8-6.6-3.2-3.9-1.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
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"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 5844605495795360
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
"Nay" rate 9.6%7.1%10.0%8.8%14.6%12.1%8.1%9.0%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%
Difference +2.4+1.1+1.9+1.4+6.2+4.3+0.8+1.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher
 
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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 50.7%59.6%55.3%58.6%50.9%50.5%59.0%60.0%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%
Difference -15.8-9.3-11.2-10.4-18.2-17.0-7.5-7.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 31.822.031.226.015.024.024.4na
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8na
Difference -25.1-24.6-24.0-34.8-53.5-33.3-32.4na
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerna
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 -63.8-67.6-55.2-84.4-85.8-89.7-78.5-85.3
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.5
Difference -67.5-65.1-59.1-79.5-86.7-98.8-86.4-94.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Cosgrove 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) 96.8%96.5%94.8%96.9%95.4%97.6%97.0%97.3%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%
Difference +2.3+1.1+0.5+2.2+1.7+3.3+2.3+3.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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) 81.3%73.7%75.7%87.3%85.1%91.4%83.8%89.1%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%
Difference +2.0-8.0-5.7+3.0+0.0+8.7+2.6+9.0
Comparison ==LowerLower====Higher==Higher

Votes on Rep. Cosgrove's bills

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

Rep. Cosgrove's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Cosgrove 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
2007 Cosgrove HB0209 31 38 10.1% House/ failed
2008 Cosgrove HB0140 17 11 21.4% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Cosgrove HB0140 44 23 31.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Cosgrove HB0114 48 22 37.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Cosgrove HB0169S01 58 14 61.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Cosgrove HB0125 23 4 70.4% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Cosgrove HB0125 23 2 84.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Cosgrove HB0162 23 1 91.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2013 Cosgrove HB0165 70 3 91.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Cosgrove HB0401S01 25 1 92.3% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)

Rep. Cosgrove's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Cosgrove 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
2014 Cosgrove HB0428 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Cosgrove HB0313S02 68 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2014 Cosgrove HB0313S02 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Cosgrove HB0313S02 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Cosgrove HB0108S01 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Cosgrove HB0032 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Cosgrove HB0032 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Cosgrove HB0032 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Cosgrove HB0165 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2012 Cosgrove HB0162 73 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment