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Senator Derek L. Kitchen
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2019
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: 2

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Derek L. Kitchen'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. Kitchen's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenate
  District S2S2
  Party DD
Leadership CaucusMgrCaucusMgr
Years in chamber 12
Years comparison LowerLower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Kitchen 23
Chamber average 10.29.7
Difference -8.2-6.7
Comparison LowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Kitchen's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 23
Bills passed 11
Passage rate 50.0%33.3%
Chamber average 78.4%70.5%
Difference -28.4-37.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
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 11
Chamber average 13.613.3
Difference -12.6-12.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
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 6038
Total votes held 975910
Absentee rate 6.2%4.2%
Chamber average 11.2%11.5%
Difference -5.0-7.3
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 5241
Total votes held 975910
"Nay" rate 5.3%4.5%
Chamber average 2.7%2.5%
Difference +2.6+2.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher
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 37.5%58.5%
Chamber average 70.2%70.9%
Difference -32.7-12.4
Comparison LowerLowerLower
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.
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Chamber average nana
Difference nana
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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 -94.3-89.7
Chamber average 41.634.7
Difference -135.9-124.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Kitchen 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) 98.8%97.8%
Chamber average 98.1%98.2%
Difference +0.7-0.4
Comparison 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) 95.5%82.4%
Chamber average 91.8%90.9%
Difference +3.7-8.5
Comparison HigherLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Kitchen's bills

Only 4 bills sponsored by Sen. Kitchen have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Sen. Kitchen 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
2020 Kitchen SB0074 19 6 52.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Kitchen SB0077S05 18 5 56.5% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Kitchen SB0077S05 23 3 76.9% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Kitchen SB0122S02 24 2 84.6% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Kitchen SB0074 23 1 91.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Kitchen SJR005 70 3 91.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Kitchen SB0122S02 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Kitchen SB0122S02 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Kitchen SJR005 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension