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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: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 7
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 2

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

201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenate
  District H52H41H41H41H41H41H41S11S11
  Party RRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456712
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower========LowerLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by McCay 6821489161411
Chamber average 6.45.86.46.77.06.77.110.29.7
Difference -0.4+2.2-4.4+7.3+1.0+2.3+8.9+3.8+1.3
Comparison ==HigherLowerLowerHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher==
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 6821489161411
Bills passed 232366656
Passage rate 33.3%37.5%100.0%21.4%75.0%66.7%37.5%35.7%54.5%
Chamber average 54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%78.4%70.5%
Difference -21.0-28.3+47.8-41.6+21.5+5.3-15.9-42.7-16.0
Comparison LowerLowerHigherHigherLowerLowerHigher==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 27111811139179
Chamber average 3.13.53.53.83.33.63.413.613.3
Difference -1.1+3.5+7.5+14.2+7.7+9.4+5.6+3.4-4.3
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 101223955537863113194
Total votes held 651658664699657727734975910
Absentee rate 15.5%3.3%5.9%7.9%8.1%10.7%8.6%11.6%21.3%
Chamber average 5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%11.2%11.5%
Difference +9.8-2.6-0.3+1.6+1.7+5.5+0.6+0.4+9.8
Comparison HigherHigherLower======HigherHigher====HigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 841039711678971004846
Total votes held 651658664699657727734975910
"Nay" rate 12.9%15.7%14.6%16.6%11.9%13.3%13.6%4.9%5.1%
Chamber average 7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%2.7%2.5%
Difference +5.1+8.4+7.1+8.0+4.6+6.2+7.1+2.2+2.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 57.1%54.1%52.7%53.9%57.0%44.8%51.1%70.6%59.0%
Chamber average 67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%70.2%70.9%
Difference -10.4-12.4-14.4-13.4-9.2-22.0-15.2+0.4-11.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Lower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 74.672.1nanananananana
Chamber average 57.356.8nanananananana
Difference +17.3+15.3nanananananana
Comparison HigherHighernanananananana
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 90.380.682.386.383.788.594.397.690.9
Chamber average 9.17.99.519.025.220.79.841.634.7
Difference +81.2+72.7+72.8+67.3+58.5+67.8+84.5+56.0+56.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 87.6%87.7%86.0%84.8%88.0%85.6%86.1%94.5%94.4%
Chamber average 94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%98.1%98.2%
Difference -6.7-7.0-8.1-9.0-6.6-9.3-7.7-3.6-3.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 93.0%87.7%88.5%85.7%88.1%85.4%94.0%94.6%94.1%
Chamber average 82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%91.8%90.9%
Difference +10.3+6.5+8.4+3.8+2.7-1.7+11.0+2.8+3.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher====HigherHigherHigher

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
2018 McCay HB0313S03 38 33 7.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 McCay HB0376S01 40 34 8.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 McCay HB0328S01 40 30 14.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 McCay HB0265S03 45 29 21.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 McCay SB0242 25 42 25.4% House/ failed
2020 McCay SB0174 26 45 26.8% House/ floor amendment failed
2015 McCay HJR016 27 47 27.0% House/ failed
2016 McCay HB0048S04 48 25 31.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 McCay HB0313S03 46 23 33.3% House/ concurs with Senate amendment

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
2020 McCay SB0242 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 McCay SB0210S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 McCay SB0210S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 McCay SB0206S02 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 McCay SB0179S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 McCay SB0179S03 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 McCay SB0179S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 McCay SB0171S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 McCay SB0171S03 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 McCay SB0171S03 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading