Menu Adam R Brown

Return to the Guide to the Utah Legislature.

Representative Janice M. Fisher
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Janice M. Fisher'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. Fisher's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H29H29H29H29H29H29H30H30
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 345678910
Years comparison LowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Fisher 10232111
Chamber average
Difference -5.1-6.1-3.9-3.1-4.3-5.4-4.8-5.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Fisher's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 10232111
Bills passed 10110011
Passage rate 100%0.0%50%33%0.0%0.0%100%100%
Chamber average 51%53%60%61%55%54%66%52%
Difference +49-52.8-9.9-27.9-55.0-54.3+34+48
Comparison HigherHigherLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 00000000
Chamber average
Difference -3.1-3.2-2.8-2.8-3.3-3.1-3.5-3.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 3631582236397868
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
Absentee rate 6.0%5.0%9.7%3.6%5.5%6.0%12%10%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%
Difference -2.3-3.3+3.7-3.2-1.6+0.3+6.1+3.8
Comparison LowerLowerHigherLower====HigherHigherHigher
"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 6751766393775756
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
"Nay" rate 11%8.3%13%10%14%12%8.7%8.4%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%
Difference +3.8+2.3+4.9+2.6+5.6+4.2+1.4+0.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 43%46%54%56%47%49%55%65%
Chamber average 67%69%66%69%69%67%67%67%
Difference -23.3-22.6-13.0-13.2-22.4-18.5-12.0-2.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Fisher 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) 95%96%94%95%95%95%96%96%
Chamber average 95%95%94%95%94%94%95%94%
Difference +0.2+0.3-0.8+0.2+1.7+1.1+0.9+1.9
Comparison ====Lower==HigherHigherHigherHigher
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) 81%80%78%84%88%82%81%79%
Chamber average 79%82%81%84%85%83%81%80%
Difference +1.3-1.7-3.6+0.0+2.4-0.5-0.1-1.4
Comparison ====Lower==========

Votes on Rep. Fisher's bills

Only 5 bills sponsored by Rep. Fisher have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Fisher 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
2009 Fisher HB0218 18 9 33% Senate/ pass 3rd
2010 Fisher HB0062 19 8 41% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2009 Fisher HB0218 21 8 45% Senate/ pass 2nd
2010 Fisher HB0062 55 14 59% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Fisher HB0274 56 14 60% House/ concurs with Senate amendments
2009 Fisher HB0218 70 4 89% House/ concurs with Senate amendments
2007 Fisher HB0274 24 1 92% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Fisher HB0274 72 3 92% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Fisher HCR001S01 71 1 97% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Fisher HCR001S01 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading