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Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Ronda Rudd Menlove'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.

Rep. Menlove's statistical profile

20072008200920102011201220132014
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H1H1H1H1H1H1H1H1
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneAsstWhipAsstWhipNoneNone
Years in chamber 345678910
Years comparison LowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Menlove 15111111871311
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.45.86.4
Difference +8.9+4.9+5.1+4.9+1.7+0.6+7.2+4.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Menlove's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 15111111871311
Bills passed 10781085129
Passage rate 66.7%63.6%72.7%90.9%100.0%71.4%92.3%81.8%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%
Difference +16.1+10.8+12.8+30.0+45.0+17.1+26.5+29.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 72136489
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.13.53.5
Difference +3.9-1.2-1.8+0.2+2.7+0.9+4.5+5.5
Comparison HigherHigher==Lower==Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 619154760332952
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
Absentee rate 1.0%3.1%2.5%7.7%9.2%5.1%4.4%7.8%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%
Difference -7.3-5.2-3.5+0.9+2.1-0.6-1.5+1.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==========
 
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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 4237403445385164
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664
"Nay" rate 7.0%6.0%6.7%5.5%6.9%5.8%7.8%9.6%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%
Difference -0.2-0.0-1.4-1.9-1.5-2.0+0.5+2.1
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerLower==Higher
 
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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 65.3%67.2%75.5%82.4%72.3%75.5%66.1%52.8%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%
Difference -1.2-1.7+9.0+13.4+3.2+8.0-0.4-14.3
Comparison ====HigherHigherHigher==Higher==LowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 49.239.451.555.246.053.447.6na
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8na
Difference -7.7-7.2-3.7-5.6-22.5-3.9-9.2na
Comparison LowerLower====Lower==Lowerna
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 -31.0-27.7-6.5-9.4-7.524.19.4-0.3
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.17.99.5
Difference -34.7-25.2-10.4-4.5-8.4+15.0+1.5-9.8
Comparison LowerLower============
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Menlove 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) 90.9%93.6%93.0%94.2%90.3%94.3%92.2%90.3%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%
Difference -3.6-1.8-1.3-0.5-3.4-0.0-2.5-3.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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) 44.0%54.4%63.5%72.9%64.9%75.9%68.0%58.1%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%
Difference -35.3-27.3-17.9-11.4-20.2-6.8-13.2-22.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Menlove's bills

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

Rep. Menlove's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Menlove 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
2007 Menlove HB0300 34 37 4.2% House/ failed
2010 Menlove HB0201S01 16 11 18.5% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Menlove HB0201S01 41 28 18.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Menlove HB0201S01 10 15 20.0% Senate/ failed
2012 Menlove HB0220 17 11 21.4% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Menlove HB0201S01 18 8 38.5% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Menlove HB0272S05 19 8 40.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Menlove HB0042S01 48 19 43.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Menlove HB0272S05 21 8 44.8% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 Menlove HJR010 53 19 47.2% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Menlove's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Menlove 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
2014 Menlove HB0357S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Menlove HB0357S01 75 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Menlove HB0321 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Menlove HB0321 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Menlove HB0309 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Menlove HB0309 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Menlove HB0292 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Menlove HB0291S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Menlove HB0291S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Menlove HB0283S03 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading