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Senator Mark B. Madsen
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2016
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2016: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2016: 12

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Mark B. Madsen'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.

Sen. Madsen's statistical profile

2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S13S13S13S13S13S13S13S13S13S13
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 3456789101112
Years comparison LowerLower========HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Madsen 712139773474
Chamber average 9.69.89.08.910.69.810.810.611.410.1
Difference -2.6+2.2+4.0+0.1-3.6-2.8-7.8-6.6-4.4-6.1
Comparison LowerHigherHigher==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Madsen's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 712139773474
Bills passed 2365230411
Passage rate 28.6%25.0%46.2%55.6%28.6%42.9%0.0%100.0%14.3%25.0%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%
Difference -33.9-43.0-16.6-13.0-41.6-28.8-65.4+30.3-53.9-42.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 98111210481344
Chamber average 11.611.511.111.011.411.811.111.512.312.8
Difference -2.6-3.5-0.1+1.0-1.4-7.8-3.1+1.5-8.3-8.8
Comparison ==Lower======LowerLower==LowerLower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 66125137212268157158178272372
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860
Absentee rate 8.0%15.5%17.0%27.0%28.5%17.6%16.8%21.2%28.6%43.3%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%
Difference -0.9+5.9+5.9+15.1+14.1+7.7+5.7+9.7+16.9+29.3
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
"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 45393039144476416432
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860
"Nay" rate 5.5%4.8%3.7%5.0%1.5%4.9%8.1%4.9%6.7%3.7%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%
Difference +1.4+0.7-0.4+0.4-1.9+0.1+4.4+1.3+1.9-0.0
Comparison Higher======Lower==HigherHigherHigherHigher==
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 63.8%71.4%80.0%63.9%92.7%72.2%44.1%35.6%55.7%68.6%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%
Difference -6.0+2.3+10.4-6.3+21.0+1.7-24.5-31.7-12.8+1.8
Comparison Lower==HigherLowerHigher==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 78.083.083.286.086.085.084.2nanana
Chamber average 57.750.060.569.373.559.264.3nanana
Difference +20.3+33.0+22.7+16.7+12.5+25.8+19.9nanana
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHighernanana
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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 94.192.899.887.390.786.699.985.196.685.2
Chamber average 0.45.536.628.044.032.124.932.626.235.7
Difference +93.7+87.3+63.2+59.3+46.7+54.5+75.0+52.5+70.4+49.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Madsen 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) 95.0%94.7%96.6%94.8%97.5%94.5%91.9%94.5%90.9%94.2%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%
Difference -1.7-2.4-0.6-2.3-0.3-2.0-5.1-2.2-5.0-2.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
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) 92.7%86.0%98.0%91.5%93.7%94.8%95.7%87.5%84.7%91.1%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%
Difference +9.3+1.2+8.5+3.0+2.5+6.8+10.7+3.4+2.2+4.0
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher

Votes on Sen. Madsen's bills

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

Sen. Madsen's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Madsen 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
2015 Madsen SB0259S04 14 15 3.4% Senate/ failed
2016 Madsen SB0073S03 15 13 7.1% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Madsen SB0082 38 31 10.1% House/ floor amendment
2015 Madsen SB0259S04 16 13 10.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 Madsen SB0053 16 13 10.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2009 Madsen SB0061 13 16 10.3% Senate/ failed
2008 Madsen SB0037 16 13 10.3% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Madsen SB0077 15 12 11.1% Senate/ pass 3rd
2007 Madsen SB0081S03 40 32 11.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Madsen SB0056S03 39 31 11.4% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Madsen's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Madsen 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
2016 Madsen SB0221 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Madsen SB0221 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Madsen SB0221 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2015 Madsen SB0226 25 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2015 Madsen SB0226 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Madsen SB0226 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Madsen SB0226 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Madsen SB0259 25 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2014 Madsen SB0259 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Madsen SB0259 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading