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Representative Jeremy A. Peterson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Jeremy A. Peterson'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. Peterson's statistical profile

20112012201320142015201620172018
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H9H9H9H9H9H9H9H9
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678
Years comparison LowerLower========HigherHigher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Peterson 38544797
Chamber average 6.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.1
Difference -3.3+1.6-0.8-2.4-2.7-0.0+2.3-0.1
Comparison LowerHigher==LowerLower==Higher==
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Peterson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 38544797
Bills passed 25434454
Passage rate 66.7%62.5%80.0%75.0%100.0%57.1%55.6%57.1%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%
Difference +11.7+8.2+14.2+22.8+37.0+3.6-5.8+3.7
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigher======
 
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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 24201032
Chamber average 3.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.4
Difference -1.3+0.9-1.5-3.5-2.8-3.3-0.6-1.4
Comparison Lower==LowerLowerLowerLower==Lower
 
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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 1692519243024100
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734
Absentee rate 2.5%1.4%3.8%2.9%3.4%4.6%3.3%13.6%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%
Difference -4.6-4.3-2.1-3.3-2.9-1.8-1.9+5.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerHigher
 
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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 2434353746333528
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734
"Nay" rate 3.7%5.2%5.3%5.6%6.6%5.0%4.8%3.8%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%
Difference -4.7-2.6-2.0-1.9-2.0-2.3-2.3-2.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 87.4%77.2%72.1%78.9%72.2%73.2%68.3%75.0%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%
Difference +18.3+9.7+5.6+11.8+4.9+7.0+1.5+8.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher
 
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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 81.368.257.3nanananana
Chamber average 68.557.356.8nanananana
Difference +12.8+10.9+0.5nanananana
Comparison HigherHigher==nanananana
 
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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 7.929.512.615.530.832.236.617.8
Chamber average 0.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.8
Difference +7.0+20.4+4.7+6.0+11.8+7.0+15.9+8.0
Comparison ==Higher============
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Peterson 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) 96.2%95.3%94.6%94.7%94.5%96.0%94.7%96.8%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%
Difference +2.5+1.0-0.1+0.6+0.7+1.4-0.2+3.0
Comparison HigherHigher======Higher====
 
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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) 84.5%81.5%71.2%77.3%79.8%85.2%82.6%86.2%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%
Difference -0.6-1.2-10.0-2.8-2.1-0.2-4.5+3.2
Comparison ====Lower======Lower==

Votes on Rep. Peterson's bills

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

Rep. Peterson's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Peterson 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 Peterson HB0022 39 33 8.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Peterson HB0336S01 19 9 35.7% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2012 Peterson HB0022 18 50 47.1% House/ failed
2011 Peterson HB0045 53 17 51.4% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2017 Peterson HB0023S01 60 14 62.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Peterson HB0023 59 13 63.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Peterson HB0023S01 21 4 68.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Peterson HB0110S01 58 11 68.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Peterson HB0048S03 25 4 72.4% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Peterson HB0045 60 8 76.5% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Peterson's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Peterson 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 Peterson HB0270 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Peterson HB0270 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Peterson HB0126S04 24 0 100.0% Senate Conference Committee - Final Passage
2018 Peterson HB0080 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Peterson HB0080 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Peterson HB0080 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Peterson HB0020S01 71 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2018 Peterson HB0020S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Peterson HB0020S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Peterson HB0020S01 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading