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Representative Ben C. Ferry
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1999
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 12
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Ben C. Ferry'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. Ferry's statistical profile

2007200820092010
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H2H2H2H2
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 9101112
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Ferry 3767
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.1
Difference -3.1+0.9+0.1+0.9
Comparison Lower======
 
2007200820092010
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Ferry's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 3767
Bills passed 2237
Passage rate 66.7%28.6%50.0%100.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%
Difference +16.1-24.2-9.9+39.1
Comparison HigherLower==HigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
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 4443
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.8
Difference +0.9+0.8+1.2+0.2
Comparison ========
 
2007200820092010
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 17234429
Total votes held 602616600614
Absentee rate 2.8%3.7%7.3%4.7%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%
Difference -5.5-4.6+1.3-2.1
Comparison LowerLower==Lower
 
2007200820092010
"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 39353435
Total votes held 602616600614
"Nay" rate 6.5%5.7%5.7%5.7%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%
Difference -0.7-0.3-2.4-1.7
Comparison ====LowerLower
 
2007200820092010
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 72.6%72.4%78.1%78.8%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%
Difference +6.1+3.5+11.6+9.8
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
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 53.844.259.565.7
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.8
Difference -3.1-2.4+4.3+4.9
Comparison ========
 
2007200820092010
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 13.8-5.928.79.5
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.9
Difference +10.1-3.4+24.8+14.4
Comparison ====Higher==
 
2007200820092010
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Ferry 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) 93.3%94.3%95.0%95.7%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%
Difference -1.2-1.1+0.7+1.0
Comparison LowerLowerHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
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) 69.9%67.2%82.9%82.9%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%
Difference -9.4-14.5+1.5-1.4
Comparison LowerLowerLower====

Votes on Rep. Ferry's bills

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

Rep. Ferry's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Ferry 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
2009 Ferry HB0187S03 34 41 9.3% House/ failed
2009 Ferry HB0187S03 31 43 16.2% House/ failed
2008 Ferry HB0294S01 46 24 31.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Ferry HB0314S01 16 8 33.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2009 Ferry HB0197 19 7 46.2% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2007 Ferry HB0192 21 4 68.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Ferry HB0192 59 10 71.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Ferry HB0329S07 61 10 71.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Ferry HB0032 21 2 82.6% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Ferry HB0192 25 2 85.2% Senate/ pass 3rd

Rep. Ferry's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Ferry 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
2010 Ferry HR0003 75 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Ferry HJR031 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Ferry HJR031 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Ferry HJR026S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Ferry HJR026S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Ferry HJR026S01 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Ferry HB0343 62 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2010 Ferry HB0343 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Ferry HB0343 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Ferry HB0329S07 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension