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Senator Fred J. Fife
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1999
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2008
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2008: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2008: 4

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Fred J. Fife'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.

Sen. Fife's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenate
  District S1S1
  Party DD
Leadership NoneNone
Years in chamber 34
Years comparison LowerLower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Fife 33
Chamber average 9.69.8
Difference -6.6-6.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Fife's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 33
Bills passed 03
Passage rate 0.0%100.0%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%
Difference -62.5+32.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherHigher
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 22
Chamber average 11.611.5
Difference -9.6-9.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
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 627
Total votes held 820806
Absentee rate 0.7%3.3%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%
Difference -8.2-6.3
Comparison LowerLowerLower
"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 4547
Total votes held 820806
"Nay" rate 5.5%5.8%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%
Difference +1.4+1.7
Comparison HigherHigher
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 50.8%43.5%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%
Difference -19.0-25.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
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 33.431.5
Chamber average 57.750.0
Difference -24.3-18.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
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 -89.1-84.8
Chamber average 0.45.5
Difference -89.5-90.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Fife 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) 98.4%97.9%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%
Difference +1.7+0.8
Comparison HigherHigher
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) 82.2%80.0%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%
Difference -1.2-4.8
Comparison ==Lower

Votes on Sen. Fife's bills

Only 4 bills sponsored by Sen. Fife have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Sen. Fife 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
2008 Fife SB0200 44 24 29.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Fife SB0200 23 2 84.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Fife SR0001S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 1st, 2nd, & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Fife SB0247 29 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendments
2008 Fife SB0247 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Fife SB0247 29 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Fife SB0247 27 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Fife SB0200 25 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2007 Fife SB0231 23 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)