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Representative John Knotwell
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2013
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2019
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2019: 7
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2019: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. John Knotwell'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. Knotwell's statistical profile

2013201420152016201720182019
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H52H52H52H52H52H52H52
  Party RRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneAsstWhipAsstWhipNone
Years in chamber 1234567
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====Higher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Knotwell 3676545
Chamber average 5.86.46.77.06.77.17.3
Difference -2.8-0.4+0.3-1.0-1.7-3.1-2.3
Comparison Lower======LowerLowerLower
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Knotwell's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 3676545
Bills passed 2573435
Passage rate 66.7%83.3%100.0%50.0%80.0%75.0%100.0%
Chamber average 65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%
Difference +0.9+31.1+37.0-3.5+18.6+21.6+36.5
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 22421112
Chamber average 3.53.53.83.33.63.43.4
Difference -1.5-1.5+0.2-1.3+7.4-2.4-1.4
Comparison LowerLower==LowerHigherHigherHigherLowerLower
 
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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 6453626588352
Total votes held 658664699657727734752
Absentee rate 0.9%6.8%5.2%4.0%8.0%11.3%6.9%
Chamber average 5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%
Difference -5.0+0.6-1.1-2.4+2.8+3.3+0.5
Comparison LowerLower====LowerHigher====
 
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"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 68779871666281
Total votes held 658664699657727734752
"Nay" rate 10.3%11.6%14.0%10.8%9.1%8.4%10.8%
Chamber average 7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%
Difference +3.0+4.1+5.4+3.5+2.0+1.9+4.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 58.7%50.7%54.4%55.8%51.5%55.2%57.9%
Chamber average 66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%
Difference -7.8-16.4-12.9-10.4-15.3-11.1-10.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 80.2nananananana
Chamber average 56.8nananananana
Difference +23.4nananananana
Comparison HigherHighernananananana
 
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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 70.278.390.282.075.169.470.4
Chamber average 7.99.519.025.220.79.816.1
Difference +62.3+68.8+71.2+56.8+54.4+59.6+54.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Knotwell 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) 93.4%89.6%88.8%90.4%90.6%91.7%91.3%
Chamber average 94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%
Difference -1.3-4.5-5.0-4.2-4.3-2.1-4.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
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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) 94.7%90.3%92.0%92.1%83.3%89.2%89.9%
Chamber average 81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%
Difference +13.5+10.2+10.1+6.7-3.8+6.2+5.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Knotwell's bills

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

Rep. Knotwell's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Knotwell 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
2016 Knotwell HB0277S02 44 28 22.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Knotwell HB0277S02 42 21 33.3% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2018 Knotwell HB0169S01 17 6 47.8% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Knotwell HB0169S01 21 7 50.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Knotwell HB0277S02 19 5 58.3% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Knotwell HB0277S02 19 4 65.2% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2015 Knotwell HB0341 60 11 69.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Knotwell HB0169S01 61 11 69.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Knotwell HB0061S01 64 10 73.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Knotwell HB0157S03 67 6 83.6% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Knotwell's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Knotwell 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
2019 Knotwell HJR022S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Knotwell HJR022S01 64 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Knotwell HB0387S06 69 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2019 Knotwell HB0387S06 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Knotwell HB0278S01 71 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2019 Knotwell HB0278S01 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Knotwell HB0278S01 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Knotwell HB0235S02 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Knotwell HB0235S02 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Knotwell HB0235S02 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading