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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: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 7
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 4

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

20122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District H52H41H41H41H41H41H41S11S11S11S11
  Party RRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345671234
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower========LowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by McCay 68214891614111010
Chamber average 6.45.86.46.77.06.77.1109.79.49.6
Difference -0.4+2.2-4.4+7.3+1.0+2.3+8.9+3.8+1.3+0.6+0.4
Comparison ==HigherLowerLowerHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher======
 
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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 68214891614111010
Bills passed 23236665658
Passage rate 33%38%100%21%75%67%38%36%55%50%80%
Chamber average 54%66%52%63%54%61%53%78%70%71%71%
Difference -21.3-27.8+48-42.0+21+5.6-15.4-42.4-15.5-20.7+9.1
Comparison LowerLowerHigherHigherLowerLowerHigher==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
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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 27111811139179129
Chamber average 3.13.53.53.83.33.63.414131213
Difference -1.1+3.5+7.5+14+7.7+9.4+5.6+3.4-4.3-0.4-4.4
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower==Lower
 
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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 10122395553786311319410285
Total votes held 651658664699657727734975910919931
Absentee rate 16%3.3%5.9%7.9%8.1%11%8.6%12%21%11%9.1%
Chamber average 5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%11%11%8.0%12%
Difference +10-2.6-0.3+1.6+1.7+5.8+0.6+0.8+9.5+3.0-3.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherLower======HigherHigher====HigherHigherHigher==
 
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"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 8410397116789710048466158
Total votes held 651658664699657727734975910919931
"Nay" rate 13%16%15%17%12%13%14%4.9%5.1%6.6%6.2%
Chamber average 7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%2.7%2.5%4.0%2.6%
Difference +5.2+8.7+7.5+8.4+4.7+5.9+7.5+2.2+2.6+2.6+3.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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%
Chamber average 67%67%67%67%66%67%66%70%71%70%71%
Difference -10.4-12.4-14.4-13.4-9.2-22.0-15.2+0.4-11.9-15.6-25.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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.
 
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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%
Chamber average 94%95%94%94%95%95%94%98%98%97%98%
Difference -6.7-7.0-8.1-9.0-6.6-9.3-7.7-3.6-3.8-4.1-4.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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%
Chamber average 83%81%80%82%85%87%83%92%91%88%92%
Difference +10+6.5+8.4+3.8+2.7-1.7+11+2.8+3.2+3.4+8.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher

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
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
2020 McCay SB0174 26 45 27% House/ floor amendment 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
2022 McCay SB0202S01 71 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McCay SB0202S01 17 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McCay SB0202S01 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 McCay SB0184 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McCay SB0184 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McCay SB0148S02 73 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McCay SB0148S02 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McCay SB0148S02 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 McCay SB0076 71 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McCay SB0076 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading