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Representative Neal B. Hendrickson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1991
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2012
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2012: 21
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2012: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Neal B. Hendrickson'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. Hendrickson's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H33H33H33H33H33H33
  Party DDDDDD
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 161718192021
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Hendrickson 152123
Chamber average
Difference -5.1-1.1-3.9-5.1-4.3-3.4
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Hendrickson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 152123
Bills passed 121022
Passage rate 100%40%50%0.0%100%67%
Chamber average 51%53%60%61%55%54%
Difference +49-12.8-9.9-60.9+45+13
Comparison HigherHigherLower==LowerLowerHigherHigherHigher
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 132000
Chamber average
Difference -2.1-0.2-0.8-2.8-3.3-3.1
Comparison Lower====LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 597848541630
Total votes held 602616600614651651
Absentee rate 9.8%13%8.0%8.8%2.5%4.6%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%
Difference +1.5+4.7+2.0+2.0-4.6-1.1
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherLower==
"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 786083507047
Total votes held 602616600614651651
"Nay" rate 13%9.7%14%8.1%11%7.2%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%
Difference +5.8+3.7+5.9+0.7+2.6-0.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher==
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 47%53%55%69%57%71%
Chamber average 67%69%66%69%69%67%
Difference -19.4-16.1-11.3-0.2-12.1+3.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==
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.
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Hendrickson 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) 89%92%88%90%92%93%
Chamber average 95%95%94%95%94%94%
Difference -5.8-3.0-6.5-4.9-2.2-1.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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) 63%73%59%52%62%58%
Chamber average 79%82%81%84%85%83%
Difference -15.9-9.2-22.6-32.0-22.7-24.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Hendrickson's bills

Only 11 bills sponsored by Rep. Hendrickson have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Hendrickson sponsored. The votes are sorted by vote margin, with the most divisive votes listed first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2009 Hendrickson HB0322 43 26 25% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Hendrickson HB0497 46 20 39% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Hendrickson HB0041 58 14 61% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Hendrickson HB0041 22 3 76% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2009 Hendrickson HJR018 67 6 84% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Hendrickson HR0001 67 1 97% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Hendrickson HB0486 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Hendrickson HB0072 69 0 100% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Hendrickson HB0072 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Hendrickson HB0072 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading