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Representative John G. Mathis
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. John G. Mathis'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. Mathis's statistical profile

20072008200920102011201220132014
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H55H55H55H55H55H55H55H55
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 345678910
Years comparison LowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Mathis 62663342
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.45.86.4
Difference -0.1-4.1+0.1-0.1-3.3-3.4-1.8-4.4
Comparison ==LowerLower====LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Mathis's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 62663342
Bills passed 31533332
Passage rate 50.0%50.0%83.3%50.0%100.0%100.0%75.0%100.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%
Difference -0.6-2.8+23.4-10.9+45.0+45.7+9.2+47.8
Comparison ====HigherLowerHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 33262474
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.13.53.5
Difference -0.1-0.2-0.8+3.2-1.3+0.9+3.5+0.5
Comparison ======HigherHigherLower==Higher==
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 352281931363829
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
Absentee rate 0.5%8.4%4.7%3.1%4.8%5.5%5.8%4.4%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%
Difference -7.8+0.1-1.3-3.7-2.3-0.2-0.1-1.8
Comparison LowerLower====LowerLower====Lower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
"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 3937525256505861
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
"Nay" rate 6.5%6.0%8.7%8.5%8.6%7.7%8.8%9.2%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%
Difference -0.7-0.0+0.6+1.1+0.2-0.1+1.5+1.7
Comparison ======Higher====HigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 69.3%67.9%64.9%64.4%66.0%64.8%61.3%55.4%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%
Difference +2.8-1.0-1.6-4.6-3.1-2.7-5.2-11.7
Comparison ======Lower====LowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 68.354.882.873.580.073.867.1na
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8na
Difference +11.4+8.2+27.6+12.7+11.5+16.5+10.3na
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherna
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 52.540.556.949.243.763.160.563.0
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.5
Difference +48.8+43.0+53.0+54.1+42.8+54.0+52.6+53.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Mathis 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) 95.8%94.9%92.8%94.6%92.9%93.6%93.2%92.1%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%
Difference +1.3-0.5-1.5-0.1-0.8-0.7-1.5-2.0
Comparison Higher==Lower======LowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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) 92.0%87.3%84.7%95.7%91.5%90.5%87.7%84.4%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%
Difference +12.7+5.6+3.3+11.4+6.4+7.8+6.5+4.3
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Mathis's bills

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

Rep. Mathis's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Mathis 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
2009 Mathis HB0390 49 26 30.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Mathis HB0390 18 9 33.3% Senate/ pass 3rd
2011 Mathis HB0057 48 23 35.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Mathis HB0390 17 8 36.0% Senate/ pass 2nd (Suspension
2012 Mathis HB0187S03 19 7 46.2% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Mathis HB0076S01 51 18 47.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Mathis HB0076S01 22 7 51.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Mathis HB0076S01 19 6 52.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Mathis HB0187S03 60 14 62.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Mathis HB0187S03 62 13 65.3% House/ concurs with Senate amendment

Rep. Mathis's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Mathis 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
2014 Mathis HB0130 19 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Mathis HB0130 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Mathis HB0005 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Mathis HB0005 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Mathis HB0074S01 73 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2013 Mathis HB0074S01 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Mathis HB0074S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Mathis HB0074S01 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Mathis HB0073 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Mathis HB0073 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading