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Senator Wayne L. Niederhauser
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2007
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 12

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Wayne L. Niederhauser'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. Niederhauser's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S9S9S9S9S9S9S9S9S9S9S9S9
Leadership NoneNoneNoneWhipWhipWhipSenPresSenPresSenPresSenPresSenPresSenPres
Years in chamber 123456789101112
Years comparison LowerLowerLower==============HigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Niederhauser 131917121318101103
Chamber average
Difference +3.4+9.2+8.0+3.1+2.4+8.2-9.8-10.6-10.4-9.1-10.6-6.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Niederhauser's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 131917121318101103
Bills passed 6111581114101103
Passage rate 46.2%57.9%88.2%66.7%84.6%77.8%100.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%0.0%100.0%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%
Difference -16.3-10.1+25.4-1.9+14.4+6.1+34.6-69.7+31.8+32.4-73.7+16.7
Comparison LowerLowerHigher==Higher==HigherHigherLowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLowerLowerHigher
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 82418292824001112
Chamber average 11.611.511.111.011.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.2
Difference -3.6+12.5+6.9+18.0+16.6+12.2-11.1-11.5-11.3-11.8-12.4-12.2
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 5769123147190194151118164178235275
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926
Absentee rate 7.0%8.6%15.2%18.7%20.2%21.8%16.1%14.0%17.2%20.7%25.7%29.7%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%
Difference -1.9-1.0+4.1+6.8+5.8+11.9+5.0+2.5+5.5+6.7+15.3+16.6
Comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
"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 168101610269820462
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840951860913926
"Nay" rate 2.0%1.0%1.2%2.0%1.1%2.9%1.0%1.0%2.1%0.5%0.7%0.2%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%
Difference -2.1-3.1-2.9-2.6-2.3-1.9-2.7-2.6-2.7-3.2-2.1-3.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 80.3%98.4%90.5%89.1%92.9%85.7%88.2%86.7%87.4%86.7%66.7%91.4%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%
Difference +10.5+29.3+20.9+18.9+21.2+15.2+19.6+19.4+18.9+19.9-1.2+23.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher
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
Chamber average 57.750.060.569.373.559.264.3nanananana
Difference +15.3+10.0+15.8+9.5+18.2+1.0+10.1nanananana
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Highernanananana
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 39.926.567.162.379.862.333.728.
Chamber average 0.45.536.628.
Difference +39.5+21.0+30.5+34.3+35.8+30.2+8.8-4.5+6.8+18.3+16.2-2.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher============
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Niederhauser 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) 98.3%98.6%98.8%98.3%99.1%97.7%99.2%98.4%98.5%99.4%99.3%98.9%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%
Difference +1.6+1.5+1.6+1.2+1.3+1.2+2.2+1.7+2.6+2.3+1.5+1.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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) 95.5%92.0%92.5%88.2%98.3%94.6%90.5%87.5%91.4%92.9%90.0%84.6%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%
Difference +12.1+7.2+3.0-0.3+7.1+6.6+5.5+3.4+8.9+5.8+3.6-0.8
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==

Votes on Sen. Niederhauser's bills

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

Sen. Niederhauser's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Niederhauser 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
2011 Niederhauser HB0155 11 11 0.0% Senate/ failed
2007 Niederhauser SB0177 13 15 7.1% Senate/ failed
2011 Niederhauser HB0155 39 33 8.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Niederhauser SB0059S01 39 32 9.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Niederhauser SB0112S01 12 16 14.3% Senate/ failed
2015 Niederhauser SB0235S02 43 29 19.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Niederhauser SJR008S01 16 10 23.1% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Niederhauser SJR008S01 15 9 25.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2011 Niederhauser SB0059S01 17 10 25.9% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Niederhauser SB0177 17 10 25.9% Senate/ pass 2nd (Suspension

Sen. Niederhauser's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Niederhauser 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
2018 Niederhauser SCR009 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Niederhauser SCR009 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2018 Niederhauser SB0238 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Niederhauser SB0238 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Niederhauser SB0238 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Niederhauser SB0071S04 26 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2018 Niederhauser SB0071S04 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2016 Niederhauser SCR017 75 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Niederhauser SCR017 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2013 Niederhauser SJR002 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading