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Representative Jack R. Draxler
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2007
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2016
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2016: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2016: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Jack R. Draxler'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.

  • HigherHigherHigher/LowerLowerLower Three arrows mean that the legislator is significantly different from average (i.e. at least two standard deviations from the mean, placing the legislator in the top/bottom 2% or so).
  • HigherHigher/LowerLower Two arrows mean that the legislator is somewhat different from average (i.e. at least one standard deviation from the mean, placing the legislator in the top/bottom 16% or so).
  • Higher/Lower One arrow indicates that the legislator is only slightly different from average (i.e. one-third standard deviation from the mean). A single arrow indicates a very small difference; don't make too much of it.
  • == You will see an equals sign if the legislator is roughly average.

Rep. Draxler's statistical profile

2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Legislative chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H3H3H3H3H3H3H3H3H3H3
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Draxler 3644657455
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.45.86.46.77.0
Difference -3.1-0.1-1.9-2.1-0.3-1.4+1.2-2.4-1.7-2.0
Comparison Lower==LowerLower==Lower==LowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Draxler's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 3644657455
Bills passed 2322356444
Passage rate 66.7%50.0%50.0%50.0%50.0%100.0%85.7%100.0%80.0%80.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%
Difference +16.1-2.8-9.9-10.9-5.0+45.7+19.9+47.8+17.0+26.5
Comparison Higher====Lower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 11223535610
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.13.53.53.83.3
Difference -2.1-2.2-0.8-0.8-0.3+1.9-0.5+1.5+2.2+6.7
Comparison LowerLower======Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 10212037484850313736
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657
Absentee rate 1.7%3.4%3.3%6.0%7.4%7.4%7.6%4.7%5.3%5.5%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%
Difference -6.6-4.9-2.7-0.8+0.3+1.7+1.7-1.5-1.0-0.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigher======
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
"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 30254024293142464430
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657
"Nay" rate 5.0%4.1%6.7%3.9%4.5%4.8%6.4%6.9%6.3%4.6%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%
Difference -2.2-1.9-1.4-3.5-3.9-3.0-0.9-0.6-2.3-2.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 81.1%84.2%79.0%84.0%83.5%84.9%63.9%73.1%69.6%73.4%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%
Difference +14.6+15.3+12.5+15.0+14.4+17.4-2.6+6.0+2.3+7.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher==Higher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 57.844.655.765.574.049.445.2nanana
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8nanana
Difference +0.9-2.0+0.5+4.7+5.5-7.9-11.6nanana
Comparison ==========LowerLowernanana
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 3.01.614.3-3.41.418.2-13.70.517.026.7
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.519.025.2
Difference -0.7+4.1+10.4+1.5+0.5+9.1-21.6-9.0-2.0+1.5
Comparison ============Lower======
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Draxler 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) 94.1%96.5%93.3%95.3%94.5%94.0%91.9%93.0%93.5%95.0%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%
Difference -0.4+1.1-1.0+0.6+0.8-0.3-2.8-1.1-0.3+0.4
Comparison ==HigherLower======LowerLowerLower====
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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) 64.9%80.0%70.4%74.6%80.2%76.7%59.2%65.7%70.1%80.7%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%
Difference -14.4-1.7-11.0-9.7-4.9-6.0-22.0-14.4-11.8-4.7
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Draxler's bills

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

Rep. Draxler's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Draxler that had the closest vote margin (as a percent of the total votes cast).

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2015 Draxler HB0033 42 32 13.5% House/ floor amendment # 3 w/modifications
2013 Draxler HB0096S02 18 11 24.1% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2009 Draxler HB0115 25 45 28.6% House/ failed
2012 Draxler HB0055 48 22 37.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Draxler HB0240 53 19 47.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Draxler HB0025 54 19 47.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Draxler HB0075S02 56 16 55.6% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2013 Draxler HB0096S02 58 13 63.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Draxler HB0183 18 4 63.6% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Draxler HB0096S02 59 12 66.2% House/ concurs with Senate amendment

Rep. Draxler's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Draxler that had the widest vote margin (as a percent of the total votes cast).

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2016 Draxler HB0438 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Draxler HB0359 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Draxler HB0359 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Draxler HB0027 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Draxler HB0027 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Draxler HB0016 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Draxler HB0016 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Draxler HB0410 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2015 Draxler HB0410 66 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Draxler HB0215 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading