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Representative Francis D. Gibson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2009
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 12
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Francis D. Gibson'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. Gibson's statistical profile

200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H65H65H65H65H65H65H65H65H65H65H65H65
  Party RRRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneWhipWhipWhipWhipMajLdrMajLdr
Years in chamber 123456789101112
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Gibson 433234897555
Chamber average 5.96.16.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference -1.9-3.1-3.3-4.4-2.8-2.4+1.3+2.0+0.3-2.1-2.3-2.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Higher==LowerLowerLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Gibson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 433234897555
Bills passed 423021585255
Passage rate 100.0%66.7%100.0%0.0%66.7%25.0%62.5%88.9%71.4%40.0%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference +40.1+5.8+45.0-54.3+0.9-27.2-0.5+35.4+10.0-13.4+36.5+42.4
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherLowerLower==Lower==HigherHigherHigherLowerHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 100323835437
Chamber average 2.82.83.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -1.8-2.8-3.3-0.1-1.5-0.5+4.2-0.3+1.4+0.6-0.4+3.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==HigherHigher==Higher====HigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 203432203877120151116169124110
Total votes held 600614651651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 3.3%5.5%4.9%3.1%5.8%11.6%17.2%23.0%16.0%23.0%16.5%15.8%
Chamber average 6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -2.7-1.3-2.2-2.6-0.1+5.4+10.9+16.6+10.8+15.0+10.1+8.7
Comparison Lower==LowerLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 364565615660634743495149
Total votes held 600614651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 6.0%7.3%10.0%9.4%8.5%9.0%9.0%7.2%5.9%6.7%6.8%7.0%
Chamber average 8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -2.1-0.1+1.6+1.6+1.2+1.5+0.4-0.1-1.2+0.2+0.3+0.0
Comparison Lower==HigherHigherHigherHigher====Lower======
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 70.3%64.6%62.1%69.0%65.1%64.9%65.3%65.1%65.5%61.3%75.7%64.6%
Chamber average 66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +3.8-4.4-7.0+1.5-1.4-2.2-2.0-1.1-1.3-5.0+7.4-2.4
Comparison HigherLowerLower============LowerHigher==
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 73.384.075.367.865.3nanananananana
Chamber average 55.260.868.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference +18.1+23.2+6.8+10.5+8.5nanananananana
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherHighernanananananana
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 43.939.644.950.159.958.666.767.562.151.854.359.4
Chamber average 3.9-4.90.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference +40.0+44.5+44.0+41.0+52.0+49.1+47.7+42.3+41.4+42.0+38.2+42.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Gibson 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) 93.6%93.9%90.8%91.3%92.1%91.0%91.0%92.9%93.1%92.9%93.9%93.0%
Chamber average 94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference -0.7-0.8-2.9-3.0-2.6-3.1-2.8-1.7-1.8-0.9-1.5-1.8
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 84.9%89.2%84.5%81.7%84.4%84.6%87.5%92.8%89.9%89.8%88.0%86.2%
Chamber average 81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference +3.5+4.9-0.6-1.0+3.2+4.5+5.6+7.4+2.8+6.8+3.4+2.7
Comparison HigherHigher======HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==

Votes on Rep. Gibson's bills

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

Rep. Gibson's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Gibson 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
2014 Gibson HB0399 47 27 27.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Gibson HB0186S05 55 19 48.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Gibson HB0186S05 22 7 51.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Gibson HB0256 54 17 52.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Gibson HB0413S01 55 17 52.8% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2014 Gibson HB0399 20 6 53.8% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2015 Gibson HB0186S05 19 5 58.3% Senate Conference Committee - Final Passage
2015 Gibson HB0193S02 58 14 61.1% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2019 Gibson HB0433S01 21 5 61.5% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Gibson HB0413S01 62 13 65.3% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Gibson's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Gibson 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
2020 Gibson HCR020 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Gibson HCR020 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Gibson HB0428 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Gibson HB0428 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Gibson HB0185 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Gibson HB0068S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Gibson HB0068S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Gibson HB0068S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Gibson HJR010 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Gibson HJR010 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading