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Representative Steve Eliason
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Steve Eliason'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. Eliason's statistical profile

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Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H45H45H45H45H45H45H45H45H45H45
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678910
Years comparison LowerLower========HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Eliason 5111616172119252016
Chamber average 6.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference -1.3+4.6+10.2+9.6+10.3+14.0+12.3+17.9+12.7+8.7
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Eliason's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 5111616172119252016
Bills passed 37148111010161511
Passage rate 60.0%63.6%87.5%50.0%64.7%47.6%52.6%64.0%75.0%68.8%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference +5.0+9.3+21.7-2.2+1.7-5.9-8.8+10.6+11.5+11.2
Comparison ====Higher========HigherHigherHigher
 
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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 0178121013151313
Chamber average 3.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -3.3-2.1+3.5+4.5+8.2+6.7+9.4+11.6+9.6+9.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 112194151337323449
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 1.7%3.2%1.4%0.6%2.1%2.0%5.1%4.4%4.5%7.0%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -5.4-2.5-4.5-5.6-4.2-4.4-0.1-3.6-1.9-0.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower========
 
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"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 27252222413427272621
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 4.1%3.8%3.3%3.3%5.9%5.2%3.7%3.7%3.5%3.0%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -4.3-4.0-4.0-4.2-2.7-2.1-3.4-2.8-3.0-4.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 82.1%82.3%85.7%89.7%79.5%73.7%76.3%84.0%81.6%83.3%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +13.0+14.8+19.2+22.6+12.2+7.5+9.5+17.7+13.3+16.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 81.354.467.0nanananananana
Chamber average 68.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference +12.8-2.9+10.2nanananananana
Comparison Higher==Highernanananananana
 
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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 6.2-0.58.91.521.929.827.36.215.918.7
Chamber average 0.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference +5.3-9.6+1.0-8.0+2.9+4.6+6.6-3.6-0.2+1.3
Comparison ====================
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Eliason 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) 94.8%93.8%96.1%95.9%96.0%95.5%96.5%96.9%95.8%96.6%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference +1.1-0.5+1.4+1.8+2.2+0.9+1.6+3.1+0.4+1.8
Comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====Higher
 
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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) 78.8%68.2%76.6%69.1%83.3%83.9%85.4%82.4%72.0%79.6%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference -6.3-14.5-4.6-11.0+1.4-1.5-1.7-0.6-12.6-3.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower========LowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Eliason's bills

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

Rep. Eliason's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Eliason 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
2018 Eliason HB0309S01 11 12 4.3% Senate/ failed
2014 Eliason HB0409 39 33 8.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Eliason HB0324S04 15 12 11.1% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Eliason HB0041 11 14 12.0% Senate/ failed
2013 Eliason HB0145S01 41 31 13.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Eliason HB0420 40 30 14.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Eliason HB0425 42 31 15.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Eliason HB0265S01 43 28 21.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Eliason HB0212 43 28 21.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Eliason HB0354 37 24 21.3% House/ failed

Rep. Eliason's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Eliason 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 Eliason HB0440S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Eliason HB0440S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Eliason HB0295S02 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Eliason HB0295S02 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Eliason HB0268 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Eliason HB0268 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Eliason HB0220 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Eliason HB0051 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Eliason HB0051 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Eliason HB0051 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading