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Senator Daniel McCay
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2012
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2024
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2024: 7
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2024: 6

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Daniel McCay'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. McCay's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District H52H41H41H41H41H41H41S11S11S11S11S18S18
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567123456
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower========LowerLowerLowerLower====
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by McCay 682148916141110101117
Chamber average
Difference -0.4+2.2-4.4+7.3+1.0+2.3+8.9+3.8+1.3+0.6+0.4-0.1+6.7
Comparison ==HigherLowerLowerHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher========Higher
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. McCay's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 682148916141110101117
Bills passed 2323666565859
Passage rate 33%38%100%21%75%67%38%36%55%50%80%45%53%
Chamber average 54%66%52%63%54%61%53%78%70%71%71%72%72%
Difference -21.3-27.8+48-42.0+21+5.6-15.4-42.4-15.5-20.7+9.1-26.9-18.8
Comparison LowerLowerHigherHigherLowerLowerHigher==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLower
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 271118111391791292226
Chamber average
Difference -1.1+3.5+7.5+14+7.7+9.4+5.6+3.4-4.3-0.4-4.4+6.8+9.5
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower==LowerHigherHigher
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 10122395553786311319410285211262
Total votes held 6516586646996577277349759109199311,0581,069
Absentee rate 16%3.3%5.9%7.9%8.1%11%8.6%12%21%11%9.1%20%25%
Chamber average 5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%11%11%8.0%12%13%13%
Difference +10-2.6-0.3+1.6+1.7+5.8+0.6+0.8+9.5+3.0-3.1+6.9+12
Comparison HigherHigherHigherLower======HigherHigher====HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher
"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 84103971167897100484661582730
Total votes held 6516586646996577277349759109199311,0581,069
"Nay" rate 13%16%15%17%12%13%14%4.9%5.1%6.6%6.2%2.6%2.8%
Chamber average 7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%2.7%2.5%4.0%2.6%3.4%3.9%
Difference +5.2+8.7+7.5+8.4+4.7+5.9+7.5+2.2+2.6+2.6+3.6-0.8-1.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====
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 57%54%53%54%57%45%51%71%59%54%46%85%80%
Chamber average 67%67%67%67%66%67%66%70%71%70%71%74%74%
Difference -10.4-12.4-14.4-13.4-9.2-22.0-15.2+0.4-11.9-15.6-25.1+11+6.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerHigher==
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 Sen. McCay 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) 88%88%86%85%88%86%86%95%94%93%94%97%96%
Chamber average 94%95%94%94%95%95%94%98%98%97%98%98%98%
Difference -6.7-7.0-8.1-9.0-6.6-9.3-7.7-3.6-3.8-4.1-4.3-1.0-1.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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) 93%88%89%86%88%85%94%95%94%91%100%100%96%
Chamber average 83%81%80%82%85%87%83%92%91%88%92%94%94%
Difference +10+6.5+8.4+3.8+2.7-1.7+11+2.8+3.2+3.4+8.2+5.6+2.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

Votes on Sen. McCay's bills

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

Sen. McCay's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. McCay 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
2019 McCay SB0160 12 13 4.0% Senate/ failed
2023 McCay SB0031S04 40 35 6.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 McCay HB0313S03 38 33 7.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 McCay HB0376S01 40 34 8.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 McCay SB0205 12 15 11% Senate/ failed
2015 McCay HB0328S01 40 30 14% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McCay SJR003S01 45 29 22% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 McCay HB0265S03 45 29 22% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 McCay SB0205 18 11 24% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 McCay SB0242 25 42 25% House/ failed

Sen. McCay's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. McCay 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
2024 McCay SJR012 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2024 McCay SJR012 29 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2024 McCay SB0254 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 McCay SB0231S01 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 McCay SB0231S01 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 McCay SB0195S02 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 McCay SB0186 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2024 McCay SB0186 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 McCay SB0186 22 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 McCay SB0183S01 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading