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Representative Val L. 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: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Val L. 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

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Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H59H59H59H59H59H59H59H59H59H59
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneAsstWhipAsstWhip
Years in chamber 12345678910
Years comparison LowerLower========HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Peterson 886791171175
Chamber average 6.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference +1.7+1.6+0.2+0.6+2.3+4.0+0.3+3.9-0.3-2.3
Comparison HigherHigher====HigherHigher==Higher==Lower
 
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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 886791171175
Bills passed 4556697875
Passage rate 50.0%62.5%83.3%85.7%66.7%81.8%100.0%72.7%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -5.0+8.2+17.5+33.5+3.7+28.3+38.6+19.3+36.5+42.4
Comparison ====HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 3212565101110
Chamber average 3.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -0.3-1.1-2.5-1.5+1.2+2.7+1.4+6.6+7.6+6.9
Comparison ==LowerLowerLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 8131653513141
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 1.2%0.2%0.5%2.4%0.7%0.5%0.7%1.8%1.9%0.1%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -5.9-5.5-5.4-3.8-5.6-5.9-4.5-6.2-4.5-7.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 59535655835051516171
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 9.1%8.1%8.5%8.3%11.9%7.6%7.0%6.9%8.1%10.2%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference +0.7+0.3+1.2+0.8+3.3+0.3-0.1+0.4+1.6+3.2
Comparison ====Higher==HigherHigher======HigherHigherHigher
 
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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 67.0%65.3%59.7%58.4%60.5%64.3%54.8%57.0%65.5%55.0%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference -2.1-2.2-6.8-8.7-6.8-1.9-12.0-9.3-2.8-12.0
Comparison ====LowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
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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 91.774.069.7nanananananana
Chamber average 68.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference +23.2+16.7+12.9nanananananana
Comparison HigherHigherHighernanananananana
 
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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 43.256.162.265.577.262.958.747.356.067.2
Chamber average 0.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference +42.3+47.0+54.3+56.0+58.2+37.7+38.0+37.5+39.9+49.8
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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) 93.5%94.5%94.7%94.1%91.1%94.6%93.6%94.5%94.2%94.1%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference -0.2+0.2-0.0-0.0-2.7-0.0-1.3+0.7-1.2-0.7
Comparison ========Lower==Lower==LowerLower
 
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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) 91.9%91.4%93.5%97.1%91.2%93.3%88.4%90.4%88.9%95.4%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference +6.8+8.7+12.3+17.0+9.3+7.9+1.3+7.4+4.3+11.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher

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
2011 Peterson HB0140 41 32 12.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Peterson HB0316 43 26 24.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Peterson HB0404S01 19 7 46.2% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Peterson HB0404S01 54 17 52.1% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2017 Peterson HB0404S01 58 14 61.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Peterson HB0316 24 5 65.5% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Peterson HB0463 62 10 72.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Peterson HB0034S01 64 9 75.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Peterson HB0127S01 68 4 88.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Peterson HB0182 21 1 90.9% Senate/ passed 2nd 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
2020 Peterson HB0400S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Peterson HB0400S01 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Peterson HB0392S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Peterson HB0392S01 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Peterson HB0336S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Peterson HB0336S01 64 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Peterson HB0293 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Peterson HB0293 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Peterson HB0273S02 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Peterson HB0463 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension