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Representative David Litvack
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2001
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2012
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2012: 12
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2012: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. David Litvack'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. Litvack's statistical profile

200720082009201020112012
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H26H26H26H26H26H26
  Party DDDDDD
Leadership CaucusMgrWhipMinLdrMinLdrMinLdrMinLdr
Years in chamber 789101112
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Litvack 753463
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.4
Difference +0.9-1.1-2.9-2.1-0.3-3.4
Comparison ====LowerLower==Lower
 
200720082009201020112012
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Litvack's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 753463
Bills passed 221221
Passage rate 28.6%40.0%33.3%50.0%33.3%33.3%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%
Difference -22.0-12.8-26.6-10.9-21.7-21.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 220512
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.1
Difference -1.1-1.2-2.8+2.2-2.3-1.1
Comparison ====LowerHigherLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 364552334926
Total votes held 602616600614651651
Absentee rate 6.0%7.3%8.7%5.4%7.5%4.0%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%
Difference -2.3-1.0+2.7-1.4+0.4-1.7
Comparison Lower==Higher====Lower
 
200720082009201020112012
"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 795957488070
Total votes held 602616600614651651
"Nay" rate 13.1%9.6%9.5%7.8%12.3%10.8%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%
Difference +5.9+3.6+1.4+0.4+3.9+3.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 40.5%48.3%55.2%62.4%51.5%54.5%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%
Difference -26.0-20.6-11.3-6.6-17.6-13.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 18.815.234.238.232.322.0
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.3
Difference -38.1-31.4-21.0-22.6-36.2-35.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 -95.3-92.6-70.9-80.4-80.0-78.9
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.1
Difference -99.0-90.1-74.8-75.5-80.9-88.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Litvack 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) 95.4%97.4%94.9%97.4%96.7%96.1%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%
Difference +0.9+2.0+0.6+2.7+3.0+1.8
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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) 94.6%94.7%81.7%84.1%84.0%83.9%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%
Difference +15.3+13.0+0.3-0.2-1.1+1.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher========

Votes on Rep. Litvack's bills

Only 16 bills sponsored by Rep. Litvack have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Litvack 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
2008 Litvack HB0247S01 32 37 7.2% House/ failed
2009 Litvack HB0089 46 27 26.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Litvack HB0066S02 48 25 31.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Litvack HB0066S02 50 19 44.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Litvack HB0184 53 17 51.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Litvack HB0436 24 5 65.5% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Litvack HB0074 22 4 69.2% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Litvack HB0122 60 9 73.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Litvack HB0154 64 8 77.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Litvack HB0287S01 26 2 85.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension