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Representative Craig A. Frank
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2004
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2012
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2012: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2012: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Craig A. Frank'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. Frank's statistical profile

20072008200920102012
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H57H57H57H57H57
  Party RRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 45678
Years comparison ========Higher
 
20072008200920102012
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Frank 74873
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.4
Difference +0.9-2.1+2.1+0.9-3.4
Comparison ==LowerHigher==Lower
 
20072008200920102012
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Frank's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 74873
Bills passed 32230
Passage rate 42.9%50.0%25.0%42.9%0.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%54.3%
Difference -7.7-2.8-34.9-18.0-54.3
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102012
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 22341
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.1
Difference -1.1-1.2+0.2+1.2-2.1
Comparison ======HigherLower
 
20072008200920102012
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 454634239
Total votes held 602616600614651
Absentee rate 7.5%7.5%5.7%3.7%1.4%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%5.7%
Difference -0.8-0.8-0.3-3.1-4.3
Comparison ======LowerLower
 
20072008200920102012
"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 4942536468
Total votes held 602616600614651
"Nay" rate 8.1%6.8%8.8%10.4%10.4%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%7.8%
Difference +0.9+0.8+0.7+3.0+2.6
Comparison ======HigherHigher
 
20072008200920102012
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 63.2%69.6%65.3%56.3%62.4%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%67.5%
Difference -3.3+0.7-1.2-12.7-5.1
Comparison ======LowerLower
 
20072008200920102012
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 80.374.479.284.781.2
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.857.3
Difference +23.4+27.8+24.0+23.9+23.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102012
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 81.666.862.765.480.8
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.99.1
Difference +77.9+69.3+58.8+70.3+71.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102012
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Frank 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) 93.7%94.4%93.5%92.0%91.3%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%94.3%
Difference -0.8-1.0-0.8-2.7-3.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102012
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) 95.5%98.2%87.7%95.7%89.2%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%82.7%
Difference +16.2+16.5+6.3+11.4+6.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Frank's bills

Only 14 bills sponsored by Rep. Frank have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Frank 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 Frank HB0140 48 27 28.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Frank HJR017S01 47 22 36.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Frank HB0165S01 44 20 37.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Frank HB0075S02 19 6 52.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Frank HB0075S02 54 17 52.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Frank HB0141S02 67 5 86.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Frank HB0037 67 4 88.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Frank HB0027 70 3 91.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Frank HB0141S02 24 1 92.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2007 Frank HB0388 64 1 96.9% House/ passed 3rd reading