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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: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 12
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 25

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 SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3S3
Leadership WhipWhipNoneNoneNoneNoneMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrNoneNoneCaucusMgrCaucusMgr
Years in chamber 10111213141516171819202122232425
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Davis 7876354964866265
Chamber average
Difference -2.6-1.8-2.0-2.9-7.6-4.8-6.8-1.6-5.4-6.1-2.6-3.6-4.2-7.7-3.4-4.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 7876354964866265
Bills passed 4320131231333143
Passage rate 57%38%29%0.0%33%60%25%22%50%25%38%50%50%50%67%60%
Chamber average 63%68%63%69%70%72%65%70%68%68%74%83%78%70%71%71%
Difference -5.5-30.0-33.8-68.6-37.2-11.7-40.4-47.7-18.2-42.6-35.7-33.3-28.4-20.5-3.7-10.9
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Lower
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 3261233431220014
Chamber average 12111111111211111213131414131213
Difference -8.6-9.5-5.1-10.0-9.4-8.8-8.1-7.5-9.3-11.8-11.4-12.2-13.6-13.3-11.4-9.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 485953544857841079810186125881104179
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910919931
Absentee rate 5.9%7.3%6.6%6.9%5.1%6.4%8.9%13%10%12%9.4%13%9.0%12%4.5%8.5%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11%12%14%9.9%11%12%12%14%10%13%11%11%8.0%12%
Difference -3.0-2.3-4.5-5.0-9.3-3.5-2.2+1.5-1.7-2.0-1.0-0.1-2.2+0.5-3.5-3.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower================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 33515352615758395144413947394028
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926975910919931
"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%4.4%3.0%
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%4.0%2.6%
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+0.4+0.4
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====
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 57%39%46%47%34%49%57%70%62%54%47%61%43%51%58%64%
Chamber average 70%69%70%70%72%70%69%67%68%67%68%68%70%71%70%71%
Difference -12.4-29.8-23.9-23.7-37.8-21.2-11.7+3.1-6.7-12.6-20.5-7.1-27.1-19.6-11.7-6.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 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) 99%99%97%98%97%98%98%98%97%99%99%98%98%98%97%99%
Chamber average 97%97%97%97%98%96%97%97%96%97%98%97%98%98%97%98%
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+0.2+0.8
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherLowerHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher======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) 77%92%77%91%77%78%96%85%76%89%81%81%82%85%68%76%
Chamber average 83%85%89%89%91%88%85%84%83%87%86%85%92%91%88%92%
Difference -6.7+6.9-12.7+2.4-14.1-9.9+11+1.3-6.4+1.4-5.1-4.4-9.6-5.6-19.7-15.5
Comparison LowerHigherLowerLowerHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigher==Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

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 11% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Davis SB0091S01 15 12 11% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2008 Davis SJR009 15 12 11% Senate/ pass 2nd
2014 Davis SB0164 14 11 12% Senate/ failed
2015 Davis SB0087 12 16 14% Senate/ failed
2014 Davis SB0114 16 12 14% 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
2022 Davis SB0153S02 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Davis SB0064 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Davis SB0064 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Davis SB0064 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Davis SB0014S01 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Davis SB0014S01 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2021 Davis SCR002 73 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Davis SCR002 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2021 Davis SB0156S02 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Davis SB0137 29 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading