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Representative Derrin Owens
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2016
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Derrin Owens'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. Owens's statistical profile

20162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H58H58H58H58H58
  Party RRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 11234
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Owens 44267
Chamber average 7.06.77.17.37.3
Difference -3.0-2.7-5.1-1.3-0.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====
 
20162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Owens's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 44267
Bills passed 24167
Passage rate 50.0%100.0%50.0%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -3.5+38.6-3.4+36.5+42.4
Comparison ==HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20162017201820192020
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 10332
Chamber average 3.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -2.3-3.6-0.4-0.4-1.1
Comparison LowerLower====Lower
 
20162017201820192020
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 5934244945
Total votes held 657727734752698
Absentee rate 9.0%4.7%3.3%6.5%6.4%
Chamber average 6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference +2.6-0.5-4.7+0.1-0.7
Comparison Higher==Lower====
 
20162017201820192020
"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 4349505862
Total votes held 657727734752698
"Nay" rate 6.5%6.7%6.8%7.7%8.9%
Chamber average 7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -0.8-0.4+0.3+1.2+1.9
Comparison ======HigherHigher
 
20162017201820192020
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 69.0%72.0%69.9%70.9%60.4%
Chamber average 66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +2.8+5.2+3.6+2.6-6.6
Comparison ==Higher====Lower
 
20162017201820192020
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 nanananana
Chamber average nanananana
Difference nanananana
Comparison nanananana
 
20162017201820192020
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 52.414.514.557.255.1
Chamber average 25.220.79.816.117.4
Difference +27.2-6.2+4.7+41.1+37.7
Comparison Higher====HigherHigher
 
20162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Owens 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) 94.6%94.9%93.9%93.6%93.6%
Chamber average 94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference -0.0-0.0+0.1-1.8-1.2
Comparison ======LowerLower
 
20162017201820192020
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) 87.2%87.0%72.5%88.8%87.3%
Chamber average 85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference +1.8-0.1-10.5+4.2+3.8
Comparison ====LowerHigherHigher

Votes on Rep. Owens's bills

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

Rep. Owens's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Owens 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
2017 Owens HB0149S02 15 12 11.1% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Owens HB0149S02 18 10 28.6% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Owens HB0185 53 11 65.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Owens HB0149S02 67 6 83.6% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Owens HB0021 67 3 91.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Owens HB0260S04 69 3 91.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Owens HB0185 24 1 92.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Owens HB0260S04 68 2 94.3% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2019 Owens HB0105S01 72 2 94.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Owens HB0434S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension

Rep. Owens's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Owens 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 Owens HB0434S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Owens HB0434S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Owens HB0398 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Owens HB0398 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Owens HB0389S03 70 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Owens HB0389S03 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Owens HB0389S03 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Owens HB0304 75 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Owens HB0304 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Owens HB0304 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading