Menu Adam R Brown

Return to the Guide to the Utah Legislature.

Representative James A. Dunnigan
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2003
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 18
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. James A. Dunnigan'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. Dunnigan's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H39H39H39H39H39H39H39H39H39H39H39H39H39H39
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneMajLdrMajLdrNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 56789101112131415161718
Years comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Dunnigan 8117691015121368131213
Chamber average
Difference +1.9+4.9+1.1-0.1+2.7+3.6+9.2+5.6+6.3-1.0+1.3+5.9+4.7+5.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigher====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Dunnigan's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 8117691015121368131213
Bills passed 686691015121167101211
Passage rate 75.0%72.7%85.7%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%84.6%100.0%87.5%76.9%100.0%84.6%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference +24.4+19.9+25.8+39.1+45.0+45.7+34.2+47.8+21.6+46.5+26.1+23.5+36.5+27.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 943351117126710109
Chamber average
Difference +5.9+0.8+0.2+0.2+1.7-2.1+7.5+3.5+8.2+2.7+3.4+6.6+6.6+5.9
Comparison HigherHigher======HigherLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 61373319384621501025951417622
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 10.1%6.0%5.5%3.1%5.8%7.1%3.2%7.5%14.6%9.0%7.0%5.6%10.1%3.2%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference +1.8-2.3-0.5-3.7-1.3+1.4-2.7+1.3+8.3+2.6+1.8-2.4+3.7-3.9
Comparison ======Lower====Lower==HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherLower
"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 4131513649444658502936353830
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 6.8%5.0%8.5%5.9%7.5%6.8%7.0%8.7%7.2%4.4%5.0%4.8%5.1%4.3%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -0.4-1.0+0.4-1.5-0.9-1.0-0.3+1.2-1.4-2.9-2.1-1.7-1.4-2.7
Comparison ==Lower==Lower======HigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 56.5%75.4%71.2%79.5%68.9%69.4%68.9%61.1%74.5%79.3%74.7%74.7%75.7%71.4%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference -10.0+6.5+4.7+10.5-0.2+1.9+2.4-6.0+7.2+13.1+7.9+8.4+7.4+4.4
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigher======LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 56.337.861.762.563.362.260.1nanananananana
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference -0.6-8.8+6.5+1.7-5.2+4.9+3.3nanananananana
Comparison ==Lower==========nanananananana
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 24.6-7.823.010.35.334.715.718.822.722.635.4-2.31.5-4.9
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-
Difference +20.9-5.3+19.1+15.2+4.4+25.6+7.8+9.3+3.7-2.6+14.7-12.1-14.6-22.3
Comparison Higher==Higher====Higher==============Lower
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Dunnigan 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) 93.7%94.3%93.3%93.8%92.0%95.0%95.3%92.5%94.5%95.5%96.0%95.4%94.7%94.4%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference -0.8-1.1-1.0-0.9-1.7+0.7+0.6-1.6+0.7+0.9+1.1+1.6-0.7-0.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower====Lower==HigherHigher======
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) 69.6%65.5%77.3%71.4%75.3%85.1%77.6%67.7%76.3%79.8%83.5%73.9%64.0%54.8%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference -9.7-16.2-4.1-12.9-9.8+2.4-3.6-12.4-5.6-5.6-3.6-9.1-20.6-28.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Dunnigan's bills

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

Rep. Dunnigan's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Dunnigan 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
2017 Dunnigan HB0395S05 39 34 6.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Dunnigan HB0217S02 40 33 9.6% House/ floor amendment
2008 Dunnigan HB0154S01 28 42 20.0% House/ failed
2008 Dunnigan HB0406 19 9 35.7% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2015 Dunnigan HCR012 20 9 37.9% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2015 Dunnigan HB0446S03 22 52 40.5% House/ substitute adoption failed from # 0 to # 4
2016 Dunnigan HB0437S03 19 8 40.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2009 Dunnigan HB0331S02 17 6 47.8% Senate/ pass 3rd
2015 Dunnigan HB0446S03 56 18 51.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Dunnigan HB0218S03 53 17 51.4% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Dunnigan's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Dunnigan 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 Dunnigan HR0004S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Dunnigan HJR016S01 66 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Dunnigan HJR016S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Dunnigan HJR016S01 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Dunnigan HJR016S01 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Dunnigan HJR011 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Dunnigan HJR011 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Dunnigan HJR011 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Dunnigan HB0462S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Dunnigan HB0462S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading