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Senator Wayne A. Harper
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1997
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 16
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 10

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Wayne A. Harper'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. Harper's statistical profile

2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District H43H43H43H43H43H43S6S6S6S6S6S6S6S6S6S6
  Party RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 11121314151612345678910
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Harper 20181616171322162220261920172222
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.411111110119.6109.79.49.6
Difference +14+12+10+9.9+11+6.6+11+5.4+11+9.9+15+9.4+9.8+7.3+13+12
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Harper's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 20181616171322162220261920172222
Bills passed 1491110111217111415231618141919
Passage rate 70%50%69%63%65%92%77%69%64%75%88%84%90%82%86%86%
Chamber average 51%53%60%61%55%54%65%70%68%68%74%83%78%70%71%71%
Difference +19-2.8+9.1+2.1+10+38+12-0.7-4.2+7.4+14+0.7+12+12+15+15
Comparison Higher========HigherHigherHigher======Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
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 987573981213151116151721
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.111111213131414131213
Difference +5.9+4.8+4.2+2.2+3.7-0.1-2.1-3.5-0.3+0.2+1.6-3.2+2.4+1.7+4.6+7.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====Lower============HigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
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 38364648523153203122654528253432
Total votes held 602616600614651651940840951860913926975910919931
Absentee rate 6.3%5.8%7.7%7.8%8.0%4.8%5.6%2.4%3.3%2.6%7.1%4.9%2.9%2.7%3.7%3.4%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%11%12%12%14%10%13%11%11%8.0%12%
Difference -2.0-2.5+1.7+1.0+0.9-0.9-5.5-9.1-8.4-11.4-3.3-8.2-8.3-8.8-4.3-8.8
Comparison ==LowerHigher======LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
"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 47384456495143406739424325234438
Total votes held 602616600614651651940840951860913926975910919931
"Nay" rate 7.8%6.2%7.3%9.1%7.5%7.8%4.6%4.8%7.0%4.5%4.6%4.6%2.6%2.5%4.8%4.1%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%4.0%2.6%
Difference +0.6+0.2-0.8+1.7-0.9+0.0+0.9+1.2+2.2+0.8+1.8+1.4-0.1+0.0+0.8+1.5
Comparison ======Higher====HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher====HigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 66%63%66%66%76%65%59%59%57%59%64%67%71%73%70%65%
Chamber average 67%69%66%69%69%67%69%67%68%67%68%68%70%71%70%71%
Difference -0.3-5.7-0.5-3.1+7.2-3.0-9.3-8.5-11.1-7.8-3.8-1.5+0.5+2.3+0.4-5.4
Comparison ==Lower====Higher==LowerLowerLowerLower==========Lower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Harper 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%95%94%92%93%93%96%95%94%97%95%96%98%98%96%96%
Chamber average 95%95%94%95%94%94%97%97%96%97%98%97%98%98%97%98%
Difference -1.8-0.4-0.1-2.5-0.6-1.1-0.6-1.6-2.3-0.6-2.5-1.4-0.3-0.4-1.3-1.9
Comparison Lower====Lower==Lower==LowerLower==LowerLowerLower====LowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
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%85%83%84%90%86%80%80%65%83%85%87%86%92%89%92%
Chamber average 79%82%81%84%85%83%85%84%83%87%86%85%92%91%88%92%
Difference +1.0+2.8+1.5-0.7+5.1+3.0-4.6-4.1-17.3-4.1-1.5+1.3-5.4+0.8+0.7+0.3
Comparison ========Higher==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower====LowerLower======

Votes on Sen. Harper's bills

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

Sen. Harper's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Harper 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
2010 Harper HB0176 38 34 5.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Harper SB0092S05 33 37 5.7% House/ failed
2021 Harper SB0113S05 29 35 9.4% House/ failed
2018 Harper SB0136S06 40 32 11% House Conference Committee - Final Passage
2018 Harper SB0136S06 15 12 11% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Harper SB0226 15 12 11% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Harper HB0188S01 30 38 12% House/ failed
2007 Harper HB0378S01 29 38 13% House/ failed
2016 Harper SJR003 29 40 16% House/ floor amendment failed
2016 Harper SB0160 14 10 17% Senate/ failed

Sen. Harper's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Harper 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
2022 Harper SCR001 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Harper SCR001 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Harper SCR001 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Harper SB0222 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Harper SB0222 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Harper SB0200S02 20 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Harper SB0200S02 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Harper SB0181S01 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Harper SB0181S01 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Harper SB0170S02 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading