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Representative Richard A. Greenwood
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2008
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 7
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Richard A. Greenwood'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. Greenwood's statistical profile

2008200920102011201220132014
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H12H12H12H12H12H12H12
  Party RRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Greenwood 574861012
Chamber average 6.15.96.16.36.45.86.4
Difference -1.1+1.1-2.1+1.7-0.4+4.2+5.6
Comparison ====LowerHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Greenwood's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 574861012
Bills passed 2426487
Passage rate 40.0%57.1%50.0%75.0%66.7%80.0%58.3%
Chamber average 52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%
Difference -12.8-2.8-10.9+20.0+12.4+14.2+6.1
Comparison Lower==LowerHigherHigherHigher==
 
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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 3342212
Chamber average 3.22.82.83.33.13.53.5
Difference -0.2+0.2+1.2-1.3-1.1-2.5-1.5
Comparison ====HigherLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 49111821225212
Total votes held 616600614651651658664
Absentee rate 8.0%1.8%2.9%3.2%3.4%7.9%1.8%
Chamber average 8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%
Difference -0.3-4.2-3.9-3.9-2.3+2.0-4.4
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherLower
 
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"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 36563871513961
Total votes held 616600614651651658664
"Nay" rate 5.8%9.3%6.2%10.9%7.8%5.9%9.2%
Chamber average 6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%
Difference -0.2+1.2-1.2+2.5+0.0-1.4+1.7
Comparison ==HigherLowerHigher==LowerHigher
 
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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 71.9%66.0%75.6%56.6%67.7%63.9%61.8%
Chamber average 68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%
Difference +3.0-0.5+6.6-12.5+0.2-2.6-5.3
Comparison ====HigherLower====Lower
 
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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 51.366.256.054.066.264.7na
Chamber average 46.655.260.868.557.356.8na
Difference +4.7+11.0-4.8-14.5+8.9+7.9na
Comparison ==Higher==LowerHigherHigherna
 
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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 40.347.616.916.931.024.811.8
Chamber average -2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.5
Difference +42.8+43.7+21.8+16.0+21.9+16.9+2.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher==
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Greenwood 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) 94.2%92.7%93.1%89.2%93.0%94.4%91.5%
Chamber average 95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%
Difference -1.2-1.6-1.6-4.5-1.3-0.3-2.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Lower
 
2008200920102011201220132014
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) 80.7%77.0%75.7%66.7%75.6%77.8%65.2%
Chamber average 81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%
Difference -1.0-4.4-8.6-18.4-7.1-3.4-14.9
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower

Votes on Rep. Greenwood's bills

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

Rep. Greenwood's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Greenwood 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
2009 Greenwood HB0314 33 38 7.0% House/ failed
2009 Greenwood HB0208 34 40 8.1% House/ failed
2009 Greenwood HB0314 41 29 17.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Greenwood HB0328S01 43 25 26.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Greenwood HB0328S01 19 8 40.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2009 Greenwood HB0094 21 53 43.2% House/ failed
2008 Greenwood HB0305 21 7 50.0% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Greenwood HB0121S01 21 7 50.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2011 Greenwood HB0324 55 17 52.8% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2008 Greenwood HB0121S01 54 16 54.3% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Greenwood's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Greenwood 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
2014 Greenwood HJR017 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Greenwood HJR017 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Greenwood HB0385 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Greenwood HB0304 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Greenwood HB0304 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Greenwood HB0296 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Greenwood HB0296 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Greenwood HB0296 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Greenwood HB0295 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Greenwood HB0295 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading