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Representative Rebecca P. Edwards
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2009
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Rebecca P. Edwards'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. Edwards's statistical profile

2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H20H20H20H20H20H20H20H20H20H20
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678910
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Edwards 25664811131415
Chamber average 5.96.16.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.1
Difference -3.9-1.1-0.3-0.4-1.8+1.6+4.3+6.0+7.3+7.9
Comparison LowerLower======LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Edwards's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 25664811131415
Bills passed 12113474117
Passage rate 50.0%40.0%16.7%16.7%75.0%50.0%63.6%30.8%78.6%46.7%
Chamber average 59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%
Difference -9.9-20.9-38.3-37.6+9.2-2.2+0.6-22.7+17.2-6.7
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower======LowerHigher==
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 0231138474
Chamber average 2.82.83.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.4
Difference -2.8-0.8-0.3-2.1-2.5-0.5+4.2+0.7+3.4+0.6
Comparison Lower====LowerLower==HigherHigher==Higher==
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 3221535334440293539
Total votes held 600614651651658664699657727734
Absentee rate 0.5%3.6%2.3%5.4%5.0%6.6%5.7%4.4%4.8%5.3%
Chamber average 6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%
Difference -5.5-3.2-4.8-0.3-0.9+0.4-0.6-2.0-0.4-2.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower========Lower====
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
"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 36154629283049343927
Total votes held 600614651651658664699657727734
"Nay" rate 6.0%2.4%7.1%4.5%4.3%4.5%7.0%5.2%5.4%3.7%
Chamber average 8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%
Difference -2.1-5.0-1.3-3.3-3.0-3.0-1.6-2.1-1.7-2.8
Comparison LowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 71.2%89.4%70.1%79.6%67.8%75.7%65.5%63.4%67.3%72.2%
Chamber average 66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%
Difference +4.7+20.4+1.0+12.1+1.3+8.6-1.8-2.8+0.5+5.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher==Higher======Higher
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 48.359.255.041.442.9nanananana
Chamber average 55.260.868.557.356.8nanananana
Difference -6.9-1.6-13.5-15.9-13.9nanananana
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowernanananana
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 -23.8-27.7-27.9-15.5-27.8-27.7-15.1-6.27.5-26.1
Chamber average 3.9-4.90.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.8
Difference -27.7-22.8-28.8-24.6-35.7-37.2-34.1-31.4-13.2-35.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Lower
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Edwards 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) 93.1%94.7%91.5%93.3%93.3%94.0%93.2%93.6%94.8%95.4%
Chamber average 94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%
Difference -1.2+0.0-2.2-1.0-1.4-0.1-0.6-1.0-0.1+1.6
Comparison Lower==LowerLowerLower====Lower====
 
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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) 56.0%59.7%56.4%57.6%51.4%48.4%57.3%60.7%71.3%59.4%
Chamber average 81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%
Difference -25.4-24.6-28.7-25.1-29.8-31.7-24.6-24.7-15.8-23.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Edwards's bills

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

Rep. Edwards's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Edwards 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 Edwards HB0348S02 38 37 1.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Edwards HB0431 15 12 11.1% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Edwards HB0094 32 40 11.1% House/ failed
2018 Edwards HB0278S01 38 28 15.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Edwards HB0033 30 41 15.5% House/ floor amendment failed
2011 Edwards HB0410 30 42 16.7% House/ failed
2014 Edwards HB0121 27 40 19.4% House/ floor amendment failed
2015 Edwards HB0018S02 27 43 22.9% House/ substitute adoption failed from # 0 to # 1
2017 Edwards HB0211 47 26 28.8% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2010 Edwards HB0153S02 47 26 28.8% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Edwards's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Edwards 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
2018 Edwards HB0444 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Edwards HB0430S02 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Edwards HB0430S02 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Edwards HB0368 20 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Edwards HB0368 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Edwards HB0348 71 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2018 Edwards HB0348 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Edwards HB0348 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Edwards HCR017 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Edwards HB0416 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension