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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: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 16
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 8

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

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District H43H43H43H43H43H43S6S6S6S6S6S6S6S6
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 11121314151612345678
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower====
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Harper 2018161617132216222026192017
Chamber average
Difference +13.9+11.9+10.1+9.9+10.7+6.6+11.2+5.4+10.6+9.9+15.4+9.4+9.8+7.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 2018161617132216222026192017
Bills passed 149111011121711141523161814
Passage rate 70.0%50.0%68.8%62.5%64.7%92.3%77.3%68.8%63.6%75.0%88.5%84.2%90.0%82.4%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference +19.4-2.8+8.9+1.6+9.7+38.0+11.9-0.9-4.6+7.4+14.8+0.9+11.6+11.9
Comparison Higher========HigherHigherHigher======Higher==HigherHigher
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 98757398121315111615
Chamber average
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
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====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 3836464852315320312265452825
Total votes held 602616600614651651940840951860913926975910
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%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
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
Comparison ==LowerHigher======LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
"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 4738445649514340673942432523
Total votes held 602616600614651651940840951860913926975910
"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%
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%
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
Comparison ======Higher====HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher====
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 66.2%63.2%66.0%65.9%76.3%64.5%59.3%58.8%57.4%59.0%64.1%66.7%70.7%73.2%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
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
Comparison ==Lower====Higher==LowerLowerLowerLower========
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 77.857.474.078.389.065.068.1nanananananana
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.364.3nanananananana
Difference +20.9+10.8+18.8+17.5+20.5+7.7+3.8nanananananana
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==nanananananana
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 55.934.941.635.940.950.958.167.851.467.989.981.278.384.8
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-
Difference +52.2+37.4+37.7+40.8+40.0+41.8+33.2+35.2+25.2+32.2+64.5+57.5+36.7+50.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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) 92.7%95.0%94.2%92.2%93.1%93.2%96.4%95.1%93.6%96.5%95.3%95.9%97.8%97.8%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
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
Comparison Lower====Lower==Lower==LowerLower==LowerLowerLower====
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) 80.3%84.5%82.9%83.6%90.2%85.7%80.4%80.0%65.2%83.0%84.9%86.7%86.4%91.7%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
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
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
2018 Harper SB0136S06 40 32 11.1% House Conference Committee - Final Passage
2018 Harper SB0136S06 15 12 11.1% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Harper SB0226 15 12 11.1% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Harper HB0188S01 30 38 11.8% House/ failed
2007 Harper HB0378S01 29 38 13.4% House/ failed
2016 Harper SJR003 29 40 15.9% House/ floor amendment failed
2016 Harper SB0160 14 10 16.7% Senate/ failed
2012 Harper HB0139 17 12 17.2% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Harper SB0154S04 28 40 17.6% House/ 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
2020 Harper SB0209S02 27 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Harper SB0209S02 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Harper SB0209S02 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Harper SB0209S02 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Harper SB0180 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Harper SB0180 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Harper SB0180 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Harper SB0175S02 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Harper SB0175S02 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Harper SB0150S02 29 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment