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Senator Ralph Okerlund
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2009
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 12

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Ralph Okerlund'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. Okerlund's statistical profile

200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S24S24S24S24S24S24S24S24S24S24S24S24
  Party RRRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneMajLdrMajLdrMajLdrMajLdrMajLdrMajLdrNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456789101112
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower============HigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Okerlund 65139121381494611
Chamber average 9.08.910.69.810.810.611.410.110.69.610.29.7
Difference -3.0-3.9+2.4-0.8+1.2+2.4-3.4+3.9-1.6-5.6-4.2+1.3
Comparison LowerLowerHigher====HigherLowerHigher==LowerLowerLower==
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Okerlund's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 65139121381494611
Bills passed 3211741381274410
Passage rate 50.0%40.0%84.6%77.8%33.3%100.0%100.0%85.7%77.8%100.0%66.7%90.9%
Chamber average 62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference -12.8-28.6+14.4+6.1-32.1+30.3+31.8+18.1+4.1+16.7-11.7+20.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigher==LowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherLowerHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 15111014191019141041115
Chamber average 11.111.011.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference +3.90.0-1.4+2.2+7.9-1.5+6.7+1.2-3.4-10.2-2.6+1.7
Comparison Higher======HigherHigher==Higher====Lower====
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 734372194160336883615133145
Total votes held 807786940890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 0.9%4.3%3.9%2.4%10.0%19.0%3.5%7.9%9.1%66.4%13.6%15.9%
Chamber average 11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference -10.2-7.6-10.5-7.5-1.1+7.5-8.2-6.1-1.3+53.3+2.4+4.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==HigherHigherLowerLowerLower==HigherHigherHigher==Higher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 1517131997171372912
Total votes held 807786940890940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 1.9%2.2%1.4%2.1%1.0%0.8%1.8%1.5%0.8%0.2%0.9%1.3%
Chamber average 4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -2.2-2.4-2.0-2.7-2.7-2.8-3.0-2.2-2.0-3.0-1.8-1.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 89.0%91.7%90.0%90.8%93.0%95.6%89.1%75.9%83.8%90.0%86.0%78.4%
Chamber average 69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +19.4+21.5+18.3+20.3+24.4+28.3+20.6+9.1+15.9+21.8+15.8+7.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 58.778.782.060.259.9nanananananana
Chamber average 60.569.373.559.264.3nanananananana
Difference -1.8+9.4+8.5+1.0-4.4nanananananana
Comparison ==HigherHigher====nanananananana
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 66.057.274.153.718.133.225.849.734.517.472.272.1
Chamber average 36.628.044.032.124.932.626.235.725.423.741.634.7
Difference +29.4+29.2+30.1+21.6-6.8+0.6-0.4+14.0+9.1-6.3+30.6+37.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher============HigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Okerlund 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) 98.9%99.2%98.9%98.8%98.6%98.9%98.8%98.7%99.2%99.7%98.8%99.3%
Chamber average 97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference +1.7+2.1+1.1+2.3+1.6+2.2+2.9+1.6+1.4+2.4+0.7+1.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 94.7%93.0%94.2%95.4%81.3%89.5%86.6%85.7%90.2%100.0%92.1%96.9%
Chamber average 89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference +5.2+4.5+3.0+7.4-3.7+5.4+4.1-1.4+3.8+14.6+0.3+6.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherLowerHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher

Votes on Sen. Okerlund's bills

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

Sen. Okerlund's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Okerlund 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
2019 Okerlund SB0189 16 12 14.3% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Okerlund SB0264S02 44 29 20.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Okerlund SB0015S01 48 24 33.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Okerlund SB0139S01 47 23 34.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Okerlund SB0109S04 19 9 35.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Okerlund SR0002 19 8 40.7% Senate/ pass 3rd
2013 Okerlund SB0212 21 8 44.8% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Okerlund SR0002 21 8 44.8% Senate/ pass 2nd
2019 Okerlund SB0248S03 51 19 45.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Okerlund SB0239S02 50 18 47.1% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Okerlund's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Okerlund 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
2020 Okerlund SB0234S01 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Okerlund SB0234S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Okerlund SB0216 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Okerlund SB0148 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Okerlund SB0148 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Okerlund SB0148 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Okerlund SB0144 26 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Okerlund SB0144 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Okerlund SB0144 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Okerlund SB0144 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading