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Representative David E. Lifferth
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2013
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2016
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2016: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2016: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. David E. Lifferth'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. Lifferth'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 H2H2H2H2
  Party RRRR
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 Lifferth 3367
Chamber average
Difference -2.8-3.4-0.7-0.0
Comparison LowerLower====
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Lifferth's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 3367
Bills passed 2221
Passage rate 67%67%33%14%
Chamber average 66%52%63%54%
Difference +1.2+15-30.0-39.5
Comparison ==HigherLowerLowerLowerLower
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 1123
Chamber average
Difference -2.5-2.5-1.8-0.3
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 19262822
Total votes held 658664699657
Absentee rate 2.9%3.9%4.0%3.3%
Chamber average 5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%
Difference -3.0-2.3-2.3-3.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
"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 51474548
Total votes held 658664699657
"Nay" rate 7.8%7.1%6.4%7.3%
Chamber average 7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%
Difference +0.5-0.4-2.2+0.0
Comparison ====Lower==
Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 67%71%73%54%
Chamber average 67%67%67%66%
Difference +0.2+4.0+5.3-12.1
Comparison ==HigherHigherLowerLower
Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
NOMINATE score 44535268
Chamber average 7.99.51925
Difference +37+43+33+43
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Lifferth 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) 96%95%94%92%
Chamber average 95%94%94%95%
Difference +1.2+0.7+0.2-2.8
Comparison Higher====LowerLower
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) 91%91%88%88%
Chamber average 81%80%82%85%
Difference +9.5+11+5.9+2.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigher==

Votes on Rep. Lifferth's bills

Only 13 bills sponsored by Rep. Lifferth have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Lifferth 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
2014 Lifferth HB0077 32 37 7.2% House/ failed
2015 Lifferth HB0271 43 27 23% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Lifferth HB0423 62 13 65% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Lifferth HB0344 25 3 79% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Lifferth HB0036 25 1 92% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Lifferth HB0036 71 2 95% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Lifferth HB0214 71 1 97% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Lifferth HB0420S01 73 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Lifferth HB0225 59 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Lifferth HB0186S02 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading