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Representative Jim Nielson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Jim Nielson'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. Nielson'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 HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H19H19H19H19
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234
Years comparison LowerLower====
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Nielson 2131118
Chamber average 6.36.45.86.4
Difference -4.3+6.6+5.2+11.6
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Nielson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 2131118
Bills passed 0435
Passage rate 0.0%30.8%27.3%27.8%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%
Difference -55.0-23.5-38.5-24.4
Comparison 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 1010
Chamber average 3.33.13.53.5
Difference -2.3-3.1-2.5-3.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 6362541
Total votes held 651651658664
Absentee rate 0.9%5.5%3.8%6.2%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%
Difference -6.2-0.2-2.1+0.0
Comparison Lower==Lower==
 
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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 46516953
Total votes held 651651658664
"Nay" rate 7.1%7.8%10.5%8.0%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%
Difference -1.3+0.0+3.2+0.5
Comparison ====HigherHigher==
 
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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 77.8%71.4%55.7%72.0%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%
Difference +8.7+3.9-10.8+4.9
Comparison Higher==LowerLowerHigher
 
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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 81.376.459.7na
Chamber average 68.557.356.8na
Difference +12.8+19.1+2.9na
Comparison HigherHigher==na
 
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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 16.738.445.627.4
Chamber average 0.99.17.99.5
Difference +15.8+29.3+37.7+17.9
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigher
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Nielson 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) 93.0%91.2%91.6%91.9%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%
Difference -0.7-3.1-3.1-2.2
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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) 83.2%75.9%77.3%70.8%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%
Difference -1.9-6.8-3.9-9.3
Comparison ==LowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Nielson's bills

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

Rep. Nielson's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Nielson 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
2012 Nielson HB0210S01 37 35 2.8% House/ uncircled
2012 Nielson HB0210S01 36 39 4.0% House/ failed
2013 Nielson HB0063 35 38 4.1% House/ failed
2013 Nielson HB0337S01 29 39 14.7% House/ failed
2014 Nielson HB0323 41 28 18.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Nielson HB0337S01 45 28 23.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Nielson HB0224 26 47 28.8% House/ failed
2014 Nielson HB0323 50 22 38.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2014 Nielson HB0101 51 22 39.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Nielson HJR006S03 54 19 47.9% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Nielson's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Nielson 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 Nielson HJR005 72 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2014 Nielson HJR005 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Nielson HJR005 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Nielson HJR005 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Nielson HB0361 75 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Nielson HB0226S01 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Nielson HB0226S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Nielson HB0226S01 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Nielson HB0199S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Nielson HB0101 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading