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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: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 14

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 SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567891011121314
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower============HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Hinkins 51212610598125106157
Chamber average 9.08.9119.811111110119.6109.79.49.6
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
Comparison LowerHigher==Lower==Lower======Lower==LowerHigherLower
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 51212610598125106157
Bills passed 4965956710493124
Passage rate 80%75%50%83%90%100%67%88%83%80%90%50%80%57%
Chamber average 63%69%70%72%65%70%68%68%74%83%78%70%71%71%
Difference +17+6.4-20.2+11+25+30-1.2+20+9.3-3.3+12-20.5+9.3-13.9
Comparison Higher==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher==HigherLowerHigherLower
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 910141610121518142719201819
Chamber average 1111111211111213131414131213
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
Comparison ======Higher======Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 13911026711684681259110767363154
Total votes held 807786940890940840951860913926975910919931
Absentee rate 1.6%12%11%7.5%12%10%7.2%15%10%12%6.9%4.0%3.4%5.8%
Chamber average 11%12%14%9.9%11%12%12%14%10%13%11%11%8.0%12%
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
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLower====Lower======LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
"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 5129164640285028474026273221
Total votes held 807786940890940840951860913926975910919931
"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%
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%
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
Comparison HigherLowerLower==========HigherHigherHigher==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 73%87%84%76%61%59%58%64%55%59%70%64%78%71%
Chamber average 70%70%72%70%69%67%68%67%68%68%70%71%70%71%
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
Comparison ==HigherHigher==LowerLowerLower==LowerLower==LowerHigher==
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%
Chamber average 97%97%98%96%97%97%96%97%98%97%98%98%97%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
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower====
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%
Chamber average 89%89%91%88%85%84%83%87%86%85%92%91%88%92%
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
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==HigherLower==LowerLower

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
2021 Hinkins SCR008 55 16 55% 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
2022 Hinkins SCR003 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2022 Hinkins SB0250S02 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Hinkins SB0221S02 28 0 100% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2022 Hinkins SB0221S02 67 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Hinkins SB0221S02 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Hinkins SB0221S02 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Hinkins SB0072 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Hinkins SB0072 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Hinkins SB0072 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Hinkins SB0069 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading