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Representative Steven R. Mascaro
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2002
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2010
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2010: 9
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2010: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Steven R. Mascaro'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. Mascaro's statistical profile

2007200820092010
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H47H47H47H47
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 6789
Years comparison ==HigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Mascaro 6554
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.1
Difference -0.1-1.1-0.9-2.1
Comparison ======Lower
 
2007200820092010
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Mascaro's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 6554
Bills passed 1303
Passage rate 16.7%60.0%0.0%75.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%
Difference -33.9+7.2-59.9+14.1
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLowerHigher
 
2007200820092010
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 3110
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.8
Difference -0.1-2.2-1.8-2.8
Comparison ==LowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010
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 76595997
Total votes held 602616600614
Absentee rate 12.6%9.6%9.8%15.8%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%
Difference +4.3+1.3+3.8+9.0
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
"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 35272125
Total votes held 602616600614
"Nay" rate 5.8%4.4%3.5%4.1%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%
Difference -1.4-1.6-4.6-3.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2007200820092010
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 70.1%70.7%79.2%83.6%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%
Difference +3.6+1.8+12.7+14.6
Comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2007200820092010
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 46.736.359.349.7
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.8
Difference -10.2-10.3+4.1-11.1
Comparison LowerLower==Lower
 
2007200820092010
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 -14.6-24.83.4-8.8
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.9
Difference -18.3-22.3-0.5-3.9
Comparison ==Lower====
 
2007200820092010
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Mascaro 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) 93.3%95.2%94.8%95.3%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%
Difference -1.2-0.2+0.5+0.6
Comparison Lower======
 
2007200820092010
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) 57.7%59.3%69.6%75.0%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%
Difference -21.6-22.4-11.8-9.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Mascaro's bills

Only 11 bills sponsored by Rep. Mascaro have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Mascaro 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
2009 Mascaro HB0370S01 39 36 4.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Mascaro HB0017 14 11 12.0% Senate/ failed
2010 Mascaro HB0017 16 11 18.5% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Mascaro HB0190 44 27 23.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Mascaro HB0018 46 28 24.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Mascaro HB0018 47 22 36.2% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2010 Mascaro HB0017 16 6 45.5% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Mascaro HB0190 19 52 46.5% House/ failed
2010 Mascaro HB0018 20 6 53.8% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Mascaro HB0043 60 15 60.0% House/ passed 3rd reading