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Representative Justin L. Fawson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2015
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Justin L. Fawson'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. Fawson's statistical profile

2015201620172018
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H7H7H7H7
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
2015201620172018
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Fawson 26817
Chamber average 6.77.06.77.1
Difference -4.7-1.0+1.3+9.9
Comparison LowerLower====HigherHigherHigher
 
2015201620172018
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Fawson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 26817
Bills passed 2469
Passage rate 100.0%66.7%75.0%52.9%
Chamber average 63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%
Difference +37.0+13.2+13.6-0.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher==
 
2015201620172018
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 2122
Chamber average 3.83.33.63.4
Difference -1.8-2.3-1.6-1.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
2015201620172018
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 21332333
Total votes held 699657727734
Absentee rate 3.0%5.0%3.2%4.5%
Chamber average 6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%
Difference -3.3-1.4-2.0-3.5
Comparison Lower==Lower==
 
2015201620172018
"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 55485345
Total votes held 699657727734
"Nay" rate 7.9%7.3%7.3%6.1%
Chamber average 8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%
Difference -0.7+0.0+0.2-0.4
Comparison ========
 
2015201620172018
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 67.5%59.8%69.0%63.0%
Chamber average 67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%
Difference +0.2-6.4+2.2-3.3
Comparison ==Lower====
 
2015201620172018
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 nananana
Chamber average nananana
Difference nananana
Comparison nananana
 
2015201620172018
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 45.561.262.053.0
Chamber average 19.025.220.79.8
Difference +26.5+36.0+41.3+43.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2015201620172018
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Fawson 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) 92.9%93.6%93.7%94.2%
Chamber average 93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%
Difference -0.9-1.0-1.2+0.4
Comparison LowerLowerLower==
 
2015201620172018
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) 83.1%88.4%89.2%94.2%
Chamber average 81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%
Difference +1.2+3.0+2.1+11.2
Comparison ======Higher

Votes on Rep. Fawson's bills

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

Rep. Fawson's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Fawson 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 Fawson HJR011 12 12 0.0% Senate/ failed
2018 Fawson HB0068 34 37 4.2% House/ failed
2018 Fawson HB0087S02 27 42 21.7% House/ failed
2017 Fawson HB0369S04 55 15 57.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0127S02 17 4 61.9% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Fawson HB0369S04 59 12 66.2% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2018 Fawson HB0286S02 17 3 70.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Fawson HB0298S04 18 3 71.4% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Fawson HB0298S04 63 10 72.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Fawson HB0298S04 60 9 73.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendment

Rep. Fawson's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Fawson 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 Fawson HJR011 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0448S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Fawson HB0448S01 61 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0389 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0389 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0252S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0252S01 66 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0245 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0245 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Fawson HB0230 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading