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Senator Mike K. McKell
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2013
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 2

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Mike K. McKell'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. McKell's statistical profile

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Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenate
  District H66H66H66H66H66H66H66H66S7S7
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567812
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigherLowerLower
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by McKell 411131591714111313
Chamber average 5.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.39.49.6
Difference -1.8+4.6+6.3+8.0+2.3+9.9+6.7+3.7+3.6+3.4
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. McKell's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 411131591714111313
Bills passed 159851198711
Passage rate 25%45%69%53%56%65%64%73%54%85%
Chamber average 66%52%63%54%61%53%63%58%71%71%
Difference -40.8-7.2+6.0-0.5-5.4+12+0.5+15-16.7+14
Comparison LowerLower========Higher==HigherLowerHigher
 
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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 5617101291161834
Chamber average 3.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.11213
Difference +1.5+2.5+13+6.7+8.4+5.6+7.6+2.9+5.6+21
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 205342534778284010450
Total votes held 658664699657727734752698919931
Absentee rate 3.0%8.0%6.0%8.1%6.5%11%3.7%5.7%11%5.4%
Chamber average 5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%8.0%12%
Difference -2.9+1.8-0.3+1.7+1.3+3.0-2.7-1.4+3.0-6.8
Comparison LowerHigher========Lower==HigherLower
 
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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 44526947545872672115
Total votes held 658664699657727734752698919931
"Nay" rate 6.7%7.8%9.9%7.2%7.4%7.9%9.6%9.6%2.3%1.6%
Chamber average 7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%4.0%2.6%
Difference -0.6+0.3+1.3-0.1+0.3+1.4+3.1+2.6-1.7-1.0
Comparison ====Higher====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLower
 
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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 77%60%67%67%62%60%58%63%76%70%
Chamber average 67%67%67%66%67%66%68%67%70%71%
Difference +10-6.8+0.0+0.8-4.9-6.1-10.5-4.4+6.1-1.0
Comparison HigherHigherLower====LowerLowerLowerLowerHigher==
 
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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. McKell 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%94%93%94%94%93%92%93%98%99%
Chamber average 95%94%94%95%95%94%95%95%97%98%
Difference +0.1-0.5-1.1-0.6-0.8-1.0-3.4-2.3+0.7+0.6
Comparison ====Lower======LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigher
 
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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) 80%77%85%87%85%81%74%85%83%84%
Chamber average 81%80%82%85%87%83%85%83%88%92%
Difference -1.2-2.7+2.6+1.8-2.0-2.1-10.5+1.2-4.9-7.6
Comparison ============LowerLower==LowerLower

Votes on Sen. McKell's bills

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

Sen. McKell's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. McKell 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
2021 McKell SB0168 14 15 3.4% Senate/ failed
2021 McKell SB0228S02 39 35 5.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 McKell HB0485 40 31 13% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 McKell HB0115S05 42 27 22% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 McKell HB0115S05 49 22 38% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2021 McKell SB0168 19 7 46% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 McKell HB0086S01 51 18 48% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 McKell HB0081S01 51 18 48% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 McKell HB0335 21 7 50% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 McKell HB0272S01 54 18 50% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. McKell's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. McKell 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 McKell SB0239 64 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McKell SB0239 22 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McKell SB0239 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 McKell SB0229 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McKell SB0229 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McKell SB0229 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 McKell SB0209 22 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McKell SB0209 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 McKell SB0162S01 68 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 McKell SB0162S01 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading