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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

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
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Litvack 753463
Chamber average
Difference +0.9-1.1-2.9-2.1-0.3-3.4
Comparison ====LowerLower==Lower
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 29%40%33%50%33%33%
Chamber average 51%53%60%61%55%54%
Difference -21.6-12.8-26.9-10.9-22.0-21.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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
Difference -1.1-1.2-2.8+2.2-2.3-1.1
Comparison ====LowerHigherLowerLower
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
"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%9.6%9.5%7.8%12%11%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%
Difference +5.8+3.6+1.4+0.4+3.6+3.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher
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 41%48%55%62%52%55%
Chamber average 67%69%66%69%69%67%
Difference -26.0-20.6-11.3-6.6-17.6-13.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
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%97%95%97%97%96%
Chamber average 95%95%94%95%94%94%
Difference +0.9+2.0+0.6+2.7+3.0+1.8
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
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%95%82%84%84%84%
Chamber average 79%82%81%84%85%83%
Difference +15+13+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% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Litvack HB0066S02 48 25 32% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Litvack HB0066S02 50 19 45% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Litvack HB0184 53 17 51% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Litvack HB0436 24 5 66% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2008 Litvack HB0074 22 4 69% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Litvack HB0122 60 9 74% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Litvack HB0154 64 8 78% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Litvack HB0287S01 26 2 86% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension