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Representative Kerry W. Gibson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 6
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Kerry W. 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

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H6H6H6H6
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 3456
Years comparison LowerLower====
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Gibson 6542
Chamber average
Difference -0.1-1.1-1.9-4.1
Comparison ====LowerLowerLower
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 6542
Bills passed 2442
Passage rate 33.3%80.0%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%
Difference -17.3+27.2+40.1+39.1
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 0202
Chamber average
Difference -3.1-1.2-2.8-0.8
Comparison Lower==Lower==
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 851098884
Total votes held 602616600614
Absentee rate 14.1%17.7%14.7%13.7%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%
Difference +5.8+9.4+8.7+6.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
"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 31284137
Total votes held 602616600614
"Nay" rate 5.1%4.5%6.8%6.0%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%
Difference -2.1-1.5-1.3-1.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
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 70.0%71.4%66.7%69.7%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%
Difference +3.5+2.5+0.2+0.7
Comparison ========
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 66.253.468.276.7
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.8
Difference +9.3+6.8+13.0+15.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher
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 14.917.647.844.2
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.9
Difference +11.2+20.1+43.9+49.1
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigher
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) 95.7%95.7%93.0%96.6%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%
Difference +1.2+0.3-1.3+1.9
Comparison Higher==LowerHigher
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) 77.1%83.0%82.1%100.0%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%
Difference -2.2+1.3+0.7+15.7
Comparison ======HigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Gibson's bills

Only 15 bills sponsored by Rep. Gibson have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Gibson 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 Gibson HB0156S01 36 36 0.0% House/ failed
2009 Gibson HB0241 18 10 28.6% Senate/ pass 2nd
2010 Gibson HJR012 15 8 30.4% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Gibson HJR012 18 8 38.5% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2009 Gibson HB0179 52 21 42.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Gibson HB0179 21 8 44.8% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Gibson HB0241 19 7 46.2% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Gibson HB0156S01 49 18 46.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Gibson HB0241 52 18 48.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Gibson HJR012 56 17 53.4% House/ passed 3rd reading