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Senator Jon J. Greiner
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2007
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 4

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Jon J. Greiner'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.

Sen. Greiner's statistical profile

2007200820092010
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S18S18S18S18
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234
Years comparison LowerLowerLower==
 
2007200820092010
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Greiner 4151212
Chamber average 9.69.89.08.9
Difference -5.6+5.2+3.0+3.1
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Greiner's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 4151212
Bills passed 29105
Passage rate 50.0%60.0%83.3%41.7%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%62.8%68.6%
Difference -12.5-8.0+20.5-26.9
Comparison Lower==HigherLowerLower
 
2007200820092010
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 14211616
Chamber average 11.611.511.111.0
Difference +2.4+9.5+4.9+5.0
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
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 30466459
Total votes held 820806807786
Absentee rate 3.7%5.7%7.9%7.5%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11.1%11.9%
Difference -5.2-3.9-3.2-4.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010
"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 40423159
Total votes held 820806807786
"Nay" rate 4.9%5.2%3.8%7.5%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%4.1%4.6%
Difference +0.8+1.1-0.3+2.9
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
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 66.7%59.7%69.7%55.7%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%69.6%70.2%
Difference -3.1-9.4+0.1-14.5
Comparison ==Lower==Lower
 
2007200820092010
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 70.441.963.070.7
Chamber average 57.750.060.569.3
Difference +12.7-8.1+2.5+1.4
Comparison HigherLower====
 
2007200820092010
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 -2.35.481.875.5
Chamber average 0.45.536.628.0
Difference -2.7-0.1+45.2+47.5
Comparison ====HigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Greiner 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) 95.2%95.3%96.2%93.8%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%97.2%97.1%
Difference -1.5-1.8-1.0-3.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010
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) 67.4%62.5%86.5%80.4%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%89.5%88.5%
Difference -16.0-22.3-3.0-8.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Greiner's bills

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

Sen. Greiner's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Greiner 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
2008 Greiner SB0194 13 14 3.7% Senate/ failed
2009 Greiner SB0176S02 15 11 15.4% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Greiner SB0075 16 10 23.1% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Greiner SB0028 19 6 52.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2010 Greiner SB0212 55 17 52.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Greiner SB0016 56 17 53.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Greiner SB0065 21 6 55.6% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Greiner SB0176S02 22 5 63.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Greiner SB0075 20 4 66.7% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Greiner SB0242 62 10 72.2% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Greiner's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Greiner 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
2010 Greiner SCR005 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Greiner SCR005 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Greiner SCR005 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Greiner SB0220 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Greiner SB0219 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Greiner SB0219 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Greiner SB0212 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Greiner SB0206 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Greiner SB0140S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Greiner SB0140S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading