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Senator John W. Hickman
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1993
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2008
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2008: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2008: 8

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. John W. Hickman'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. Hickman's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenate
  District S29S29
  Party RR
Leadership NoneNone
Years in chamber 78
Years comparison ==Higher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Hickman 86
Chamber average 9.69.8
Difference -1.6-3.8
Comparison ==Lower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Hickman's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 86
Bills passed 74
Passage rate 87.5%66.7%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%
Difference +25.0-1.3
Comparison Higher==
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 135
Chamber average 11.611.5
Difference +1.4-6.5
Comparison ==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 170234
Total votes held 820806
Absentee rate 20.7%29.0%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%
Difference +11.8+19.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
"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 3118
Total votes held 820806
"Nay" rate 3.8%2.2%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%
Difference -0.3-1.9
Comparison ==Lower
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 73.2%80.0%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%
Difference +3.4+10.9
Comparison ==Higher
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 61.464.2
Chamber average 57.750.0
Difference +3.7+14.2
Comparison ==Higher
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 39.853.9
Chamber average 0.45.5
Difference +39.4+48.4
Comparison HigherHigher
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Hickman 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) 95.8%97.7%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%
Difference -0.9+0.6
Comparison LowerHigher
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) 82.1%90.0%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%
Difference -1.3+5.2
Comparison ==Higher

Votes on Sen. Hickman's bills

Only 14 bills sponsored by Sen. Hickman have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Sen. Hickman 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
2008 Hickman SB0123 37 34 4.2% House/ failed
2008 Hickman SB0145 16 10 23.1% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Hickman SB0298S02 20 8 42.9% Senate/ concurs with House amendments
2008 Hickman SB0081S01 21 8 44.8% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Hickman SB0081S01 56 15 57.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Hickman SB0100 56 14 60.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Hickman SB0123 21 5 61.5% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Hickman SB0123 24 5 65.5% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Hickman SB0081S01 24 5 65.5% Senate/ pass 3rd
2007 Hickman SB0010 58 10 70.6% House/ passed 3rd reading