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Senator Karen W. Morgan
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1999
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2012
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2012: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2012: 4

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Karen W. Morgan'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. Morgan's statistical profile

200720082009201020112012
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District H46H46S8S8S8S8
  Party DDDDDD
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneWhipWhip
Years in chamber 9101234
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Morgan 761433
Chamber average 6.16.19.08.910.69.8
Difference +0.9-0.1-8.0-4.9-7.6-6.8
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Morgan's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 761433
Bills passed 430431
Passage rate 57.1%50.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%33.3%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%
Difference +6.5-2.8-62.8+31.4+29.8-38.4
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 014123
Chamber average 3.13.211.111.011.411.8
Difference -3.1-2.2-7.1-10.0-9.4-8.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 262112787796
Total votes held 602616807786940890
Absentee rate 4.3%3.4%1.5%9.9%8.2%10.8%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%
Difference -4.0-4.9-9.6-2.0-6.2+0.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==
 
200720082009201020112012
"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 453567396262
Total votes held 602616807786940890
"Nay" rate 7.5%5.7%8.3%5.0%6.6%7.0%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%
Difference +0.3-0.3+4.2+0.4+3.2+2.2
Comparison ====HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 60.6%70.2%37.0%61.2%29.3%42.3%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%
Difference -5.9+1.3-32.6-9.0-42.4-28.2
Comparison Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 46.225.838.750.542.736.0
Chamber average 56.946.660.569.373.559.2
Difference -10.7-20.8-21.8-18.8-30.8-23.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 -45.7-51.6-53.7-61.6-50.7-57.3
Chamber average 3.7-2.536.628.044.032.1
Difference -49.4-49.1-90.3-89.6-94.7-89.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Morgan 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) 95.5%95.6%96.3%97.4%97.1%97.0%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%
Difference +1.0+0.2-0.9+0.3-0.7+0.5
Comparison Higher==Lower==Lower==
 
200720082009201020112012
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) 71.4%63.8%84.2%79.6%76.5%78.9%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%
Difference -7.9-17.9-5.3-8.9-14.7-9.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Morgan's bills

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

Sen. Morgan's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Morgan 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
2010 Morgan SB0150S01 43 29 19.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Morgan SB0031 18 9 33.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Morgan SB0038 49 24 34.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Morgan SB0031 19 9 35.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Morgan SB0150S01 18 8 38.5% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Morgan SJR001 51 19 45.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Morgan SB0150S01 23 6 58.6% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2007 Morgan HB0358S02 56 10 69.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Morgan HB0262 62 9 74.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Morgan SB0150S01 21 3 75.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading

Sen. Morgan's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Morgan 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
2011 Morgan SB0063 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Morgan SB0063 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 Morgan SB0048 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Morgan SB0048 18 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 Morgan SB0038 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Morgan SB0038 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Morgan SB0038 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Morgan SCR001 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Morgan SCR001 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Morgan SCR001 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading