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Representative Fred R Hunsaker
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1991
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 13
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Fred R Hunsaker'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. Hunsaker's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H4H4H4H4
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 10111213
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Hunsaker 5554
Chamber average
Difference -1.1-1.1-0.9-2.1
Comparison ======Lower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Hunsaker's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 5554
Bills passed 3244
Passage rate 60.0%40.0%80.0%100.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%
Difference +9.4-12.8+20.1+39.1
Comparison ==LowerHigherHigherHigher
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 11266
Chamber average
Difference +7.9-1.2+3.2+3.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher
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 12132044
Total votes held 602616600614
Absentee rate 2.0%2.1%3.3%7.2%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%
Difference -6.3-6.2-2.7+0.4
Comparison LowerLowerLower==
"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 33232219
Total votes held 602616600614
"Nay" rate 5.5%3.7%3.7%3.1%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%
Difference -1.7-2.3-4.4-4.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 77.3%77.6%86.3%89.0%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%
Difference +10.8+8.7+19.8+20.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 52.337.150.765.2
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.8
Difference -4.6-9.5-4.5+4.4
Comparison ==Lower====
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 -2.6-22.03.1-13.5
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.9
Difference -6.3-19.5-0.8-8.6
Comparison ==Lower====
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Hunsaker 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%96.2%96.0%96.1%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%
Difference +0.1+0.8+1.7+1.4
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigher
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) 65.3%63.6%72.6%71.6%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%
Difference -14.0-18.1-8.8-12.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Hunsaker's bills

Only 14 bills sponsored by Rep. Hunsaker have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Hunsaker 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
2010 Hunsaker HB0060S01 58 14 61.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Hunsaker HB0219 22 5 63.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Hunsaker HB0036S02 59 13 63.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendments
2007 Hunsaker HB0219 61 10 71.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Hunsaker HB0219 25 4 72.4% Senate/ pass 3rd
2010 Hunsaker HB0116 20 2 81.8% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2009 Hunsaker HB0023S02 20 1 90.5% Senate/ pass 3rd
2007 Hunsaker HB0110 69 3 91.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Hunsaker HB0110 26 1 92.6% Senate/ pass 3rd
2010 Hunsaker HB0044 70 2 94.4% House/ passed 3rd reading