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Representative Joel Ferry
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2019
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 2
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Joel 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

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouse
  District H1H1
  Party RR
Leadership NoneNone
Years in chamber 12
Years comparison LowerLower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Ferry 85
Chamber average 7.37.3
Difference +0.7-2.3
Comparison ==Lower
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 85
Bills passed 75
Passage rate 87.5%100.0%
Chamber average 63.5%57.6%
Difference +24.0+42.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigher
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 28
Chamber average 3.43.1
Difference -1.4+4.9
Comparison LowerHigherHigher
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 1647
Total votes held 752698
Absentee rate 2.1%6.7%
Chamber average 6.4%7.1%
Difference -4.3-0.4
Comparison Lower==
"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 3045
Total votes held 752698
"Nay" rate 4.0%6.4%
Chamber average 6.5%7.0%
Difference -2.5-0.6
Comparison Lower==
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 81.7%67.0%
Chamber average 68.3%67.0%
Difference +13.4+0.0
Comparison HigherHigher==
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 nana
Chamber average nana
Difference nana
Comparison nana
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 32.648.4
Chamber average 16.117.4
Difference +16.5+31.0
Comparison ==Higher
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) 96.9%94.9%
Chamber average 95.4%94.8%
Difference +1.5+0.1
Comparison Higher==
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) 86.3%85.2%
Chamber average 84.6%83.5%
Difference +1.7+1.7
Comparison ====

Votes on Rep. Ferry's bills

Only 12 bills sponsored by Rep. Ferry have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Ferry sponsored. The votes are sorted by vote margin, with the most divisive votes listed first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2020 Ferry HB0356S02 18 7 44.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Ferry HB0328S02 51 14 56.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ferry HB0328S02 20 4 66.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Ferry HB0356S02 64 2 93.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Ferry HB0096 71 1 97.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ferry HB0485S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Ferry HB0485S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ferry HB0382 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Ferry HB0382 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ferry HB0356S02 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading