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Representative Gregory H. Hughes
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2003
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 16
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Gregory H. Hughes'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. Hughes's statistical profile

200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H51H51H51H51H51H51H51H51H51H51H51H51
  Party RRRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneWhipWhipWhipWhipSpeakerSpeakerSpeakerSpeaker
Years in chamber 5678910111213141516
Years comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Hughes 1412101066771112
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.1
Difference +7.9+5.9+4.1+3.9-0.3-0.4+1.2+0.6-5.7-6.0-5.7-5.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher========LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Hughes's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1412101066771112
Bills passed 585965561112
Passage rate 35.7%66.7%50.0%90.0%100.0%83.3%71.4%85.7%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%
Difference -14.9+13.9-9.9+29.1+45.0+29.0+5.6+33.5+37.0+46.5+38.6+46.6
Comparison LowerHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 1311118131211120202
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.4
Difference +9.9+7.8+8.2+5.2+9.7+8.9+7.5+8.5-3.8-1.3-3.6-1.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 100719010711779101122257189236224
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734
Absentee rate 16.6%11.5%15.0%17.4%18.0%12.1%15.3%18.4%36.8%28.8%32.5%30.5%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%
Difference +8.3+3.2+9.0+10.6+10.9+6.4+9.4+12.2+30.5+22.4+27.3+22.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
"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 302936351828292922131011
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734
"Nay" rate 5.0%4.7%6.0%5.7%2.8%4.3%4.4%4.4%3.1%2.0%1.4%1.5%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%
Difference -2.2-1.3-2.1-1.7-5.6-3.5-2.9-3.1-5.5-5.3-5.7-5.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 75.8%73.6%66.3%68.4%87.8%73.9%69.1%75.7%75.9%82.2%88.2%78.2%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%
Difference +9.3+4.7-0.2-0.6+18.7+6.4+2.6+8.6+8.6+16.0+21.4+11.9
Comparison HigherHigher====HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 77.565.781.781.790.369.074.7nanananana
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8nanananana
Difference +20.6+19.1+26.5+20.9+21.8+11.7+17.9nanananana
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHighernanananana
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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 62.349.249.842.521.339.245.530.841.848.437.518.1
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.8
Difference +58.6+51.7+45.9+47.4+20.4+30.1+37.6+21.3+22.8+23.2+16.8+8.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Hughes 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%96.0%95.7%96.0%97.4%96.1%95.7%95.7%95.0%98.7%97.8%97.6%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%
Difference +1.3+0.6+1.4+1.3+3.7+1.8+1.0+1.6+1.2+4.1+2.9+3.8
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
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) 94.0%96.3%91.7%93.9%93.0%89.8%83.6%85.5%87.1%100.0%97.0%90.6%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%
Difference +14.7+14.6+10.3+9.6+7.9+7.1+2.4+5.4+5.2+14.6+9.9+7.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Hughes's bills

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

Rep. Hughes's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Hughes 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
2011 Hughes HB0370 36 37 1.4% House/ failed
2007 Hughes HB0308S02 15 14 3.4% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Hughes HB0475S01 31 35 6.1% House/ failed
2012 Hughes HJR013 38 32 8.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Hughes HB0109S01 13 16 10.3% Senate/ recedes from Senate amend
2008 Hughes HB0332S01 38 30 11.8% House/ concurs with Senate amendments
2007 Hughes HB0395 11 14 12.0% Senate/ failed
2008 Hughes HB0332S01 41 31 13.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Hughes HB0448 16 12 14.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2007 Hughes HB0308S02 43 31 16.2% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Hughes's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Hughes 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
2018 Hughes HJR004 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Hughes HJR004 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Hughes HCR020 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Hughes HCR020 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Hughes HJR012 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Hughes HJR012 63 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Hughes HJR002 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2015 Hughes HJR002 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Hughes HJR006 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Hughes HB0396 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading