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Senator David P. Hinkins
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2009
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2024
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2024: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2024: 16

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. David P. Hinkins'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. Hinkins's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S26S26
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678910111213141516
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower============HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Hinkins 5121261059812510615766
Chamber average 9.08.9119.811111110119.6109.79.49.61110
Difference -4.0+3.1+1.4-3.8-0.8-5.6-2.4-2.1+1.4-4.6-0.2-3.7+5.6-2.6-5.1-4.3
Comparison LowerHigher==Lower==Lower======Lower==LowerHigherLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Hinkins's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 5121261059812510615766
Bills passed 496595671049312465
Passage rate 80%75%50%83%90%100%67%88%83%80%90%50%80%57%100%83%
Chamber average 63%69%70%72%65%70%68%68%74%83%78%70%71%71%72%72%
Difference +17+6.4-20.2+11+25+30-1.2+20+9.3-3.3+12-20.5+9.3-13.9+28+11
Comparison Higher==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher==HigherLowerHigherLowerHigherHigherHigher
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 9101416101215181427192018192123
Chamber average 11111112111112131314141312131516
Difference -2.1-1.0+2.6+4.2-1.1+0.5+2.7+5.2+0.6+13+5.4+6.7+5.6+5.6+5.8+6.5
Comparison ======Higher======Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 139110267116846812591107673631543348
Total votes held 8077869408909408409518609139269759109199311,0581,069
Absentee rate 1.6%12%11%7.5%12%10%7.2%15%10%12%6.9%4.0%3.4%5.8%3.1%4.5%
Chamber average 11%12%14%9.9%11%12%12%14%10%13%11%11%8.0%12%13%13%
Difference -9.5+0.1-3.4-2.4+0.9-1.5-4.5+1.0-0.4-1.1-4.3-7.5-4.6-6.4-10.0-8.3
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLower====Lower======LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
"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 51291646402850284740262732213123
Total votes held 8077869408909408409518609139269759109199311,0581,069
"Nay" rate 6.3%3.7%1.7%5.2%4.3%3.3%5.3%3.3%5.1%4.3%2.7%3.0%3.5%2.3%2.9%2.2%
Chamber average 4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%4.0%2.6%3.4%3.9%
Difference +2.2-0.9-1.7+0.4+0.6-0.3+0.5-0.4+2.3+1.1+0.0+0.5-0.5-0.3-0.5-1.7
Comparison HigherLowerLower==========HigherHigherHigher==Higher======Lower
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 73%87%84%76%61%59%58%64%55%59%70%64%78%71%83%80%
Chamber average 70%70%72%70%69%67%68%67%68%68%70%71%70%71%74%74%
Difference +3.6+16+13+5.2-7.7-8.6-10.7-3.3-12.6-9.4+0.2-6.6+7.9-0.1+9.4+6.1
Comparison ==HigherHigher==LowerLowerLower==LowerLower==LowerHigher==Higher==
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 Sen. Hinkins 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%96%98%95%96%96%94%96%94%96%97%97%97%98%97%98%
Chamber average 97%97%98%96%97%97%96%97%98%97%98%98%97%98%98%98%
Difference -2.6-1.0+0.6-1.4-1.1-0.6-1.8-1.2-3.5-1.5-1.1-1.1-0.6-0.5-1.1-0.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower====LowerLower==
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%79%90%85%85%79%66%79%77%82%95%86%88%81%88%84%
Chamber average 89%89%91%88%85%84%83%87%86%85%92%91%88%92%94%94%
Difference -11.3-9.3-1.6-3.0-0.4-5.3-16.4-8.0-9.9-3.2+3.5-5.2+0.3-11.2-6.9-9.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==HigherLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Hinkins's bills

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

Sen. Hinkins's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Hinkins 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
2021 Hinkins SB0144 13 11 8.3% Senate/ failed
2018 Hinkins SB0108S02 17 7 42% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Hinkins SB0232 51 19 46% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Hinkins SB0073 54 20 46% House/ floor amendment # 1
2020 Hinkins SB0131S01 53 19 47% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Hinkins SB0138S02 22 7 52% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Hinkins SJR016S01 22 7 52% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Hinkins SJR016S01 19 6 52% Senate/ pass 2nd
2009 Hinkins SJR016S01 56 17 53% House/ passed 3rd reading
2023 Hinkins SB0062S01 53 16 54% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Hinkins's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Hinkins 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
2024 Hinkins SB0236 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Hinkins SB0236 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Hinkins SB0236 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 Hinkins SB0214S01 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Hinkins SB0214S01 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 Hinkins SB0162 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Hinkins SB0162 29 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Hinkins SB0162 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 Hinkins SB0125S01 19 0 100% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2024 Hinkins SB0125S01 71 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading