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Senator Benjamin M. McAdams
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2010
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2012
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2012: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2012: 3

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Benjamin M. McAdams'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. McAdams's statistical profile

201020112012
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenate
  District S2S2S2
  Party DDD
Leadership NoneCaucusMgrCaucusMgr
Years in chamber 123
Years comparison LowerLowerLower
 
201020112012
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by McAdams 41915
Chamber average 8.910.69.8
Difference -4.9+8.4+5.2
Comparison LowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201020112012
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. McAdams's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 41915
Bills passed 3119
Passage rate 75.0%57.9%60.0%
Chamber average 68.6%70.2%71.7%
Difference +6.4-12.3-11.7
Comparison ==LowerLower
 
201020112012
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 334
Chamber average 11.011.411.8
Difference -8.0-8.4-7.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
201020112012
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 8912973
Total votes held 786940890
Absentee rate 11.3%13.7%8.2%
Chamber average 11.9%14.4%9.9%
Difference -0.6-0.7-1.7
Comparison ======
 
201020112012
"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 567483
Total votes held 786940890
"Nay" rate 7.1%7.9%9.3%
Chamber average 4.6%3.4%4.8%
Difference +2.5+4.5+4.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201020112012
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 47.1%32.7%41.0%
Chamber average 70.2%71.7%70.5%
Difference -23.1-39.0-29.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201020112012
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 35.043.731.4
Chamber average 69.373.559.2
Difference -34.3-29.8-27.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201020112012
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 -98.9-92.5-98.1
Chamber average 28.044.032.1
Difference -126.9-136.5-130.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201020112012
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. McAdams 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) 98.6%97.4%96.9%
Chamber average 97.1%97.8%96.5%
Difference +1.5-0.4+0.4
Comparison HigherLower==
 
201020112012
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) 96.4%91.9%90.8%
Chamber average 88.5%91.2%88.0%
Difference +7.9+0.7+2.8
Comparison HigherHigher==Higher

Votes on Sen. McAdams's bills

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

Sen. McAdams's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. McAdams 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
2012 McAdams SB0211S01 15 14 3.4% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 McAdams SB0124 29 41 17.1% House/ failed
2011 McAdams SB0155S02 43 26 24.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 McAdams SB0124 18 10 28.6% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 McAdams SB0124 47 26 28.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 McAdams SB0173S01 48 24 33.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 McAdams SB0176 8 16 33.3% Senate/ failed
2011 McAdams SB0313 51 16 52.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 McAdams SB0176 21 5 61.5% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 McAdams SB0124 20 4 66.7% Senate/ passed 2nd reading

Sen. McAdams's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. McAdams 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
2012 McAdams SB0281 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 McAdams SB0275 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 McAdams SB0275 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 McAdams SB0275 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 McAdams SB0273 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 McAdams SB0273 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 McAdams SB0272S01 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2012 McAdams SB0192 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 McAdams SB0192 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 McAdams SB0173S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading