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Representative John Dougall
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2003
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2012
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2012: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2012: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. John Dougall'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. Dougall's statistical profile

200720082009201020112012
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H27H27H27H27H27H27
  Party RRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 5678910
Years comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Dougall 121326621
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.4
Difference +5.9+6.9-3.9-0.1-0.3+14.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLower====HigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Dougall's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 121326621
Bills passed 691448
Passage rate 50.0%69.2%50.0%66.7%66.7%38.1%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%
Difference -0.6+16.4-9.9+5.8+11.7-16.2
Comparison ==Higher====HigherLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 91716968
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.1
Difference +5.9+13.8+13.2+6.2+2.7+4.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 47334141119100
Total votes held 602616600614651651
Absentee rate 7.8%5.4%6.8%6.7%18.3%15.4%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%
Difference -0.5-2.9+0.8-0.1+11.2+9.7
Comparison ==Lower====HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
"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 64647098127100
Total votes held 602616600614651651
"Nay" rate 10.6%10.4%11.7%16.0%19.5%15.4%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%
Difference +3.4+4.4+3.6+8.6+11.1+7.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 60.9%56.1%55.0%41.5%54.7%50.0%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%
Difference -5.6-12.8-11.5-27.5-14.4-17.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 79.866.182.573.089.371.2
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.3
Difference +22.9+19.5+27.3+12.2+20.8+13.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 86.377.686.084.787.586.9
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.1
Difference +82.6+80.1+82.1+89.6+86.6+77.8
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Dougall 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) 90.4%91.1%88.7%86.5%77.6%83.8%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%
Difference -4.1-4.3-5.6-8.2-16.1-10.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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) 88.4%87.5%83.6%90.8%84.3%87.8%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%
Difference +9.1+5.8+2.2+6.5-0.8+5.1
Comparison HigherHigher==Higher==Higher

Votes on Rep. Dougall's bills

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

Rep. Dougall's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Dougall 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
2012 Dougall HB0298S03 38 35 4.1% House/ floor amendment
2007 Dougall HB0377S02 38 33 7.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Dougall HB0377S02 30 42 16.7% House/ failed
2011 Dougall HB0477 42 29 18.3% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2008 Dougall HB0202S01 42 28 20.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0250 17 11 21.4% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Dougall HB0226 44 28 22.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0298S03 16 10 23.1% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Dougall HB0364 46 26 27.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0123S01 26 46 27.8% House/ failed

Rep. Dougall's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Dougall 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
2012 Dougall HB0491 74 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Dougall HB0491 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0491 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Dougall HB0491 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0387S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0387S01 19 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Dougall HB0387S01 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0366 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0366 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Dougall HB0365 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension