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Representative Christine A. Johnson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2007
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Christine A. Johnson'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. Johnson'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 H25H25H25H25
  Party DDDD
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Johnson 2656
Chamber average
Difference -4.1-0.1-0.9-0.1
Comparison Lower======
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Johnson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 2656
Bills passed 1321
Passage rate 50.0%50.0%40.0%16.7%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%
Difference -0.6-2.8-19.9-44.2
Comparison ====LowerLowerLower
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 2000
Chamber average
Difference -1.1-3.2-2.8-2.8
Comparison ==LowerLowerLower
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 27344345
Total votes held 602616600614
Absentee rate 4.5%5.5%7.2%7.3%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%
Difference -3.8-2.8+1.2+0.5
Comparison LowerLower====
"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 84628967
Total votes held 602616600614
"Nay" rate 14.0%10.1%14.8%10.9%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%
Difference +6.8+4.1+6.7+3.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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 40.3%41.1%43.9%54.5%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%
Difference -26.2-27.8-22.6-14.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 33.020.712.329.5
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.8
Difference -23.9-25.9-42.9-31.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 -93.7-91.3-93.4-90.9
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.9
Difference -97.4-88.8-97.3-86.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Johnson 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) 94.9%97.6%93.9%95.8%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%
Difference +0.4+2.2-0.4+1.1
Comparison ==HigherHigher==Higher
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) 95.8%98.1%94.4%91.5%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%
Difference +16.5+16.4+13.0+7.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Johnson's bills

Only 10 bills sponsored by Rep. Johnson have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Johnson 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
2009 Johnson HB0198 15 14 3.4% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Johnson HB0198 47 24 32.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Johnson HB0124 51 22 39.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Johnson HB0303 46 19 41.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Johnson HB0303 19 7 46.2% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2009 Johnson HB0051 19 5 58.3% Senate/ pass 2nd
2009 Johnson HB0198 20 5 60.0% Senate/ pass 2nd (Suspension
2008 Johnson HB0425S01 55 13 61.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Johnson HB0146S02 55 11 66.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Johnson HB0353 56 9 72.3% House/ passed 3rd reading