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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: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 12

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

200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27S27
  Party RRRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456789101112
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower============HigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Hinkins 51212610598125106
Chamber average 9.08.910.69.810.810.611.410.110.69.610.29.7
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
Comparison LowerHigher==Lower==Lower======Lower==Lower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 51212610598125106
Bills passed 4965956710493
Passage rate 80.0%75.0%50.0%83.3%90.0%100.0%66.7%87.5%83.3%80.0%90.0%50.0%
Chamber average 62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference +17.2+6.4-20.2+11.6+24.6+30.3-1.5+19.9+9.6-3.3+11.6-20.5
Comparison Higher==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher==HigherLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 91014161012151814271920
Chamber average 11.111.011.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference -2.1-1.0+2.6+4.2-1.1+0.5+2.7+5.2+0.6+12.8+5.4+6.7
Comparison ======Higher======Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 1391102671168468125911076736
Total votes held 807786940890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 1.6%11.6%10.9%7.5%12.3%10.0%7.2%14.5%10.0%11.6%6.9%4.0%
Chamber average 11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference -9.5-0.3-3.5-2.4+1.2-1.5-4.5+0.5-0.4-1.5-4.3-7.5
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLower====Lower======LowerLowerLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 512916464028502847402627
Total votes held 807786940890940840951860913926975910
"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%
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%
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
Comparison HigherLowerLower==========HigherHigherHigher==Higher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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%86.6%84.2%75.7%60.9%58.7%57.8%63.5%55.3%58.8%70.4%64.3%
Chamber average 69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +3.6+16.4+12.5+5.2-7.7-8.6-10.7-3.3-12.6-9.4+0.2-6.6
Comparison ==HigherHigher==LowerLowerLower==LowerLower==Lower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 56.777.574.778.665.0nanananananana
Chamber average 60.569.373.559.264.3nanananananana
Difference -3.8+8.2+1.2+19.4+0.7nanananananana
Comparison ==Higher==HigherHigher==nanananananana
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 49.266.168.277.762.964.340.270.375.889.587.664.5
Chamber average 36.628.044.032.124.932.626.235.725.423.741.634.7
Difference +12.6+38.1+24.2+45.6+38.0+31.7+14.0+34.6+50.4+65.8+46.0+29.8
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 94.6%96.1%98.4%95.1%95.9%96.1%94.1%95.9%94.3%95.8%97.0%97.1%
Chamber average 97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
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
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 78.2%79.2%89.6%85.0%84.6%78.8%66.1%79.1%76.5%82.2%95.3%85.7%
Chamber average 89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
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
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==HigherLower

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
2018 Hinkins SB0108S02 17 7 41.7% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Hinkins SB0232 51 19 45.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Hinkins SB0073 54 20 45.9% House/ floor amendment # 1
2020 Hinkins SB0131S01 53 19 47.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Hinkins SJR016S01 22 7 51.7% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Hinkins SJR016S01 19 6 52.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2009 Hinkins SJR016S01 56 17 53.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Hinkins SB0108S02 21 6 55.6% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Hinkins SB0256 21 6 55.6% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2011 Hinkins SB0008S01 53 15 55.9% 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
2020 Hinkins SB0154S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Hinkins SB0154S01 60 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Hinkins SB0154S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Hinkins SB0154S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Hinkins SB0131S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Hinkins SB0131S01 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Hinkins SB0131S01 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Hinkins SB0124 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Hinkins SB0124 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Hinkins SB0124 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading