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Representative Bradley G. Last
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2003
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 18
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Bradley G. Last'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. Last's statistical profile

20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H71H71H71H71H71H71H71H71H71H71H71H71H71H71
  Party RRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 56789101112131415161718
Years comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Last 1013566655535957
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference +3.9+6.9-0.9-0.1-0.3-0.4-0.8-1.4-1.7-4.0-1.7+1.9-2.3-0.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==========LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherLower==
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Last's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1013566655535957
Bills passed 65456355312955
Passage rate 60.0%38.5%80.0%83.3%100.0%50.0%100.0%100.0%60.0%33.3%40.0%100.0%100.0%71.4%
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%63.5%57.6%
Difference +9.4-14.3+20.1+22.4+45.0-4.3+34.2+47.8-3.0-20.2-21.4+46.6+36.5+13.8
Comparison ==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher==LowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 4834319710610755
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference +0.9+4.8+0.2+1.2-0.3-2.1+5.5+3.5+6.2+2.7+6.4+3.6+1.6+1.9
Comparison ==HigherHigher==Higher==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 2635673958286359345065166118177
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 4.3%5.7%11.2%6.4%8.9%4.3%9.6%8.9%4.9%7.6%8.9%22.6%15.7%25.4%
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%6.4%7.1%
Difference -4.0-2.6+5.2-0.4+1.8-1.4+3.7+2.7-1.4+1.2+3.7+14.6+9.3+18.3
Comparison LowerLowerHigherHigher======HigherHigher====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 3526263433312841302827152725
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 5.8%4.2%4.3%5.5%5.1%4.8%4.3%6.2%4.3%4.3%3.7%2.0%3.6%3.6%
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%6.5%7.0%
Difference -1.4-1.8-3.8-1.9-3.3-3.0-3.0-1.3-4.3-3.0-3.4-4.5-2.9-3.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 73.0%78.6%75.8%77.5%82.2%80.0%80.4%67.1%80.9%86.3%82.1%76.1%81.9%80.6%
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%68.3%67.0%
Difference +6.5+9.7+9.3+8.5+13.1+12.5+13.9-0.0+13.6+20.1+15.3+9.8+13.6+13.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 65.752.266.875.088.370.265.3nanananananana
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference +8.8+5.6+11.6+14.2+19.8+12.9+8.5nanananananana
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHighernanananananana
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 29.123.933.421.625.417.123.017.327.240.035.016.525.128.4
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference +25.4+26.4+29.5+26.5+24.5+8.0+15.1+7.8+8.2+14.8+14.3+6.7+9.0+11.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==================
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Last 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) 95.5%97.4%95.3%97.4%95.1%95.5%96.1%95.2%96.8%96.9%97.3%97.2%96.7%97.1%
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%95.4%94.8%
Difference +1.0+2.0+1.0+2.7+1.4+1.2+1.4+1.1+3.0+2.3+2.4+3.4+1.3+2.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 79.7%90.9%85.1%94.0%90.5%77.3%80.9%78.0%87.1%94.3%94.1%88.9%79.7%83.7%
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%84.6%83.5%
Difference +0.4+9.2+3.7+9.7+5.4-5.4-0.3-2.1+5.2+8.9+7.0+5.9-4.9+0.2
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherLower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower==

Votes on Rep. Last's bills

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

Rep. Last's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Last 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
2009 Last HB0450 38 36 2.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Last HB0200S01 31 37 8.8% House/ failed
2012 Last HB0245S03 42 31 15.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Last HB0324S01 15 10 20.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2015 Last HB0119 45 27 25.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Last HB0293S05 45 26 26.8% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2007 Last HB0338 47 27 27.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Last HB0418 24 50 35.1% House/ failed
2020 Last HB0252S01 21 44 35.4% House/ failed
2018 Last HB0293S05 50 23 37.0% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Last's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Last 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
2020 Last HCR022 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Last HB0420 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Last HB0420 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Last HB0212 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Last HB0212 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Last HB0212 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Last HB0003 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Last HB0003 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Last HB0002 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Last HB0002 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading