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Representative Bruce R. Cutler
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2015
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Bruce R. Cutler'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. Cutler's statistical profile

2015201620172018
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H44H44H44H44
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
2015201620172018
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Cutler 4788
Chamber average 6.77.06.77.1
Difference -2.7-0.0+1.3+0.9
Comparison Lower======
 
2015201620172018
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Cutler's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 4788
Bills passed 3472
Passage rate 75.0%57.1%87.5%25.0%
Chamber average 63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%
Difference +12.0+3.6+26.1-28.4
Comparison Higher==HigherLowerLower
 
2015201620172018
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 3.83.33.63.4
Difference -3.8-3.3-3.6-3.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
2015201620172018
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 1361040
Total votes held 699657727734
Absentee rate 1.9%0.9%1.4%5.4%
Chamber average 6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%
Difference -4.4-5.5-3.8-2.6
Comparison LowerLowerLower==
 
2015201620172018
"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 61477152
Total votes held 699657727734
"Nay" rate 8.7%7.2%9.8%7.1%
Chamber average 8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%
Difference +0.1-0.1+2.7+0.6
Comparison ====Higher==
 
2015201620172018
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 66.1%64.3%59.6%63.8%
Chamber average 67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%
Difference -1.2-1.9-7.2-2.5
Comparison ====Lower==
 
2015201620172018
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 nananana
Chamber average nananana
Difference nananana
Comparison nananana
 
2015201620172018
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 10.122.533.2-10.0
Chamber average 19.025.220.79.8
Difference -8.9-2.7+12.5-19.8
Comparison ======Lower
 
2015201620172018
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Cutler 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) 91.8%92.7%91.7%93.4%
Chamber average 93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%
Difference -2.0-1.9-3.2-0.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==
 
2015201620172018
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) 63.7%68.9%72.6%62.5%
Chamber average 81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%
Difference -18.2-16.5-14.5-20.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Cutler's bills

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

Rep. Cutler's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Cutler 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 Cutler HB0164S02 33 36 4.3% House/ failed
2018 Cutler HB0155S01 27 43 22.9% House/ failed
2016 Cutler HB0433 23 52 38.7% House/ failed
2015 Cutler HB0125 22 5 63.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Cutler HB0125 22 5 63.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Cutler HB0150S02 65 5 85.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Cutler HB0043 68 5 86.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Cutler HB0096S02 69 2 94.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Cutler HB0406 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Cutler HB0395S02 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension

Rep. Cutler's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Cutler 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 Cutler HB0406 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Cutler HB0395S02 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Cutler HB0395S02 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Cutler HB0150S02 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Cutler HB0150S02 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2017 Cutler HB0324S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Cutler HB0324S01 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Cutler HB0236S03 72 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2017 Cutler HB0236S03 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Cutler HB0236S03 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading