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Representative Fred C. Cox
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2016
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2016: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2016: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Fred C. Cox'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. Cox's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H32H32H30H30
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Cox 54915
Chamber average
Difference -1.3-2.4+2.3+8.0
Comparison ==LowerHigherHigherHigher
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Cox's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 54915
Bills passed 1133
Passage rate 20%25%33%20%
Chamber average 55%54%63%54%
Difference -35.0-29.3-30.0-33.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 0000
Chamber average
Difference -3.3-3.1-3.8-3.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 41122
Total votes held 651651699657
Absentee rate 0.6%0.2%1.7%0.3%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%6.3%6.4%
Difference -6.5-5.5-4.6-6.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
"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 53436761
Total votes held 651651699657
"Nay" rate 8.1%6.6%9.6%9.3%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%8.6%7.3%
Difference -0.3-1.2+1.0+2.0
Comparison ==Lower==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 78%79%68%51%
Chamber average 69%67%67%66%
Difference +8.7+12+0.5-15.7
Comparison HigherHigher==LowerLower
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. Cox 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) 93%95%91%90%
Chamber average 94%94%94%95%
Difference -1.0+0.8-2.4-4.3
Comparison ====LowerLowerLower
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) 84%86%73%70%
Chamber average 85%83%82%85%
Difference -0.9+3.3-9.4-15.4
Comparison ====LowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Cox's bills

Only 13 bills sponsored by Rep. Cox have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Cox 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
2011 Cox HB0281 37 38 1.3% House/ failed
2016 Cox HB0011S02 32 38 8.6% House/ failed
2016 Cox HB0080 29 40 16% House/ failed
2016 Cox HB0069 30 42 17% House/ substitute adoption failed from # 0 to # 1
2016 Cox HB0011S02 29 42 18% House/ failed
2016 Cox HB0101S02 15 10 20% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Cox HB0011S02 44 27 24% House/ motion to reconsider
2016 Cox HB0069 44 25 28% House/ circled
2011 Cox HB0281 11 6 29% Senate/ failed
2011 Cox HB0281 49 23 36% House/ passed 3rd reading