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Senator Gene Davis
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1987
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 12
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 23

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Gene Davis'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. Davis'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 S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3
Leadership WhipWhipNoneNoneNoneNoneMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrNoneNone
Years in chamber 1011121314151617181920212223
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Davis 78763549648662
Chamber average
Difference -2.6-1.8-2.0-2.9-7.6-4.8-6.8-1.6-5.4-6.1-2.6-3.6-4.2-7.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Davis's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 78763549648662
Bills passed 43201312313331
Passage rate 57.1%37.5%28.6%0.0%33.3%60.0%25.0%22.2%50.0%25.0%37.5%50.0%50.0%50.0%
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 -5.4-30.5-34.2-68.6-36.9-11.7-40.4-47.5-18.2-42.6-36.2-33.3-28.4-20.5
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 32612334312200
Chamber average 11.611.511.111.011.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference -8.6-9.5-5.1-10.0-9.4-8.8-8.1-7.5-9.3-11.8-11.4-12.2-13.6-13.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 48595354485784107981018612588110
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 5.9%7.3%6.6%6.9%5.1%6.4%8.9%12.7%10.3%11.7%9.4%13.5%9.0%12.1%
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 -3.0-2.3-4.5-5.0-9.3-3.5-2.2+1.2-1.4-2.3-1.0+0.4-2.2+0.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower================
"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 3351535261575839514441394739
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 4.0%6.3%6.6%6.6%6.5%6.4%6.2%4.6%5.4%5.1%4.5%4.2%4.8%4.3%
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 -0.1+2.2+2.5+2.0+3.1+1.6+2.5+1.0+0.6+1.4+1.7+1.0+2.1+1.8
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 57.4%39.3%45.7%46.5%33.9%49.3%56.9%70.4%61.8%54.2%47.4%61.1%43.1%51.3%
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 -12.4-29.8-23.9-23.7-37.8-21.2-11.7+3.1-6.7-12.6-20.5-7.1-27.1-19.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 36.018.743.740.248.034.638.3nanananananana
Chamber average 57.750.060.569.373.559.264.3nanananananana
Difference -21.7-31.3-16.8-29.1-25.5-24.6-26.0nanananananana
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowernanananananana
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 -66.5-97.3-41.7-76.3-45.1-59.5-94.1-76.2-55.4-64.1-86.3-98.6-70.8-70.2
Chamber average 0.45.536.628.
Difference -66.9-102.8-78.3-104.3-89.1-91.6-119.0-108.8-81.6-99.8-111.7-122.3-112.4-104.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Davis 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) 98.6%98.6%96.9%98.3%96.9%97.6%97.6%98.3%97.4%98.9%98.5%98.1%98.4%98.4%
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 +1.9+1.5-0.3+1.2-0.9+1.1+0.6+1.6+1.5+1.8+0.7+0.8+0.3+0.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherLowerHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====
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) 76.7%91.7%76.8%90.9%77.1%78.1%95.9%85.4%76.1%88.5%81.3%81.0%82.2%85.3%
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 -6.7+6.9-12.7+2.4-14.1-9.9+10.9+1.3-6.4+1.4-5.1-4.4-9.6-5.6
Comparison LowerHigherLowerLowerHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigher==Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Davis's bills

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

Sen. Davis's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Davis 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 Davis SB0091S01 12 12 0.0% Senate/ failed
2018 Davis SB0052 13 13 0.0% Senate/ failed
2008 Davis SJR010 13 14 3.7% Senate/ failed
2018 Davis SB0091S01 15 13 7.1% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Davis SB0134S03 41 33 10.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Davis SB0091S01 15 12 11.1% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2008 Davis SJR009 15 12 11.1% Senate/ pass 2nd
2014 Davis SB0164 14 11 12.0% Senate/ failed
2015 Davis SB0087 12 16 14.3% Senate/ failed
2014 Davis SB0114 16 12 14.3% Senate/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Davis's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Davis 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 Davis SB0103S02 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Davis SB0103S02 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Davis SB0035S03 28 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Davis SB0035S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Davis SB0253 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Davis SB0253 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Davis SB0238 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Davis SB0238 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Davis SB0238 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Davis SB0049 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading