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Representative Stephen G. Handy
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Stephen G. Handy'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. Handy's statistical profile

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Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H16H16H16H16H16H16H16H16H16H16
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678910
Years comparison LowerLower========HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Handy 4247101919171716
Chamber average 6.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference -2.3-4.4-1.8+0.6+3.3+12.0+12.3+9.9+9.7+8.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Handy's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 4247101919171716
Bills passed 214361291097
Passage rate 50.0%50.0%100.0%42.9%60.0%63.2%47.4%58.8%52.9%43.8%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -5.0-4.3+34.2-9.3-3.0+9.7-14.0+5.4-10.6-13.8
Comparison ====HigherHigher====HigherLower==LowerLower
 
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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 24113926335
Chamber average 3.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -1.3+0.9+7.5-0.5+5.2-1.3+2.4-0.4-0.4+1.9
Comparison Lower==HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherLowerHigher====Higher
 
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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 173557241528834
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 0.2%1.1%5.3%0.8%1.0%3.7%2.1%3.8%1.1%4.9%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -6.9-4.6-0.6-5.4-5.3-2.7-3.1-4.2-5.3-2.2
Comparison LowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
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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 27353841523124373039
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 4.1%5.4%5.8%6.2%7.4%4.7%3.3%5.0%4.0%5.6%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -4.3-2.4-1.5-1.3-1.2-2.6-3.8-1.5-2.5-1.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 84.3%79.2%65.6%73.1%73.5%75.3%80.2%80.0%79.3%75.0%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +15.2+11.7-0.9+6.0+6.2+9.1+13.4+13.7+11.0+8.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 76.751.051.5nanananananana
Chamber average 68.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference +8.2-6.3-5.3nanananananana
Comparison Higher====nanananananana
 
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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 -1.4-3.9-0.313.91.317.822.0-8.413.319.9
Chamber average 0.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference -2.3-13.0-8.2+4.4-17.7-7.4+1.3-18.2-2.8+2.5
Comparison ========Lower====Lower====
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Handy 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%94.7%95.5%94.8%94.2%96.0%96.8%96.2%96.2%94.3%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference +2.0+0.4+0.8+0.7+0.4+1.4+1.9+2.4+0.8-0.5
Comparison Higher========HigherHigher==Higher==
 
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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) 78.2%67.7%71.2%73.5%67.8%78.7%83.9%75.0%74.4%67.7%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference -6.9-15.0-10.0-6.6-14.1-6.7-3.2-8.0-10.2-15.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Handy's bills

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

Rep. Handy's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Handy 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
2017 Handy HB0029S04 37 38 1.3% House/ failed
2020 Handy HB0088S01 34 33 1.5% House/ failed
2015 Handy HB0406S01 39 36 4.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Handy HB0098 38 35 4.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Handy HB0317S02 29 36 10.8% House/ failed
2017 Handy HB0360S03 32 41 12.3% House/ failed
2017 Handy HB0222S02 42 31 15.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Handy HB0222S02 15 11 15.4% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Handy HB0159S01 40 28 17.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Handy HB0121S03 41 28 18.8% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Handy's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Handy 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 Handy HB0431S02 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Handy HB0361S01 68 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Handy HB0361S01 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Handy HB0361S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Handy HB0333S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Handy HB0333S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Handy HB0333S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Handy HB0266 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Handy HB0247 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Handy HB0218 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading