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Representative Glenn A. Donnelson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2001
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2008
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2008: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2008: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Glenn A. Donnelson'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. Donnelson's statistical profile

20072008
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouse
  District H7H7
  Party RR
Leadership NoneNone
Years in chamber 78
Years comparison HigherHigher
 
20072008
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Donnelson 1012
Chamber average 6.16.1
Difference +3.9+5.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigher
 
20072008
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Donnelson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1012
Bills passed 54
Passage rate 50.0%33.3%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%
Difference -0.6-19.5
Comparison ==Lower
 
20072008
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 05
Chamber average 3.13.2
Difference -3.1+1.8
Comparison LowerHigher
 
20072008
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 2722
Total votes held 602616
Absentee rate 4.5%3.6%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%
Difference -3.8-4.7
Comparison LowerLower
 
20072008
"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 2433
Total votes held 602616
"Nay" rate 4.0%5.4%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%
Difference -3.2-0.6
Comparison Lower==
 
20072008
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 80.3%74.1%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%
Difference +13.8+5.2
Comparison HigherHigher
 
20072008
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 80.373.7
Chamber average 56.946.6
Difference +23.4+27.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008
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 57.456.4
Chamber average 3.7-2.5
Difference +53.7+58.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigher
 
20072008
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Donnelson 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) 96.2%94.4%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%
Difference +1.7-1.0
Comparison HigherLower
 
20072008
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) 94.4%93.0%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%
Difference +15.1+11.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Donnelson's bills

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

Rep. Donnelson's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Donnelson 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 Donnelson HB0224 37 37 0.0% House/ failed
2007 Donnelson HB0224 36 38 2.7% House/ motion to reconsider/ failed
2008 Donnelson HB0239 39 35 5.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Donnelson HB0241 40 35 6.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Donnelson HB0260S02 42 32 13.5% House/ concurs with Senate amendments
2008 Donnelson HB0449 31 41 13.9% House/ failed
2007 Donnelson HB0105S01 43 30 17.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Donnelson HB0260S02 44 30 18.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Donnelson HB0237 44 25 27.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Donnelson HR0002 19 45 40.6% House/ failed

Rep. Donnelson's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Donnelson 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
2008 Donnelson HB0395S01 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Donnelson HB0044 26 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd
2008 Donnelson HB0044 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Donnelson HB0043 22 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd
2008 Donnelson HB0043 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Donnelson HB0027 24 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd
2008 Donnelson HB0027 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Donnelson HB0026 29 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Donnelson HB0026 26 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Donnelson HR0002 66 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading