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Representative Dixon M. Pitcher
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1985
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Dixon M. Pitcher'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. Pitcher'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 H10H10H10H10H10H10H10H10
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 345678910
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 Pitcher 22245352
Chamber average 6.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.1
Difference -4.3-4.4-3.8-2.4-1.7-4.0-1.7-5.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Pitcher's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 22245352
Bills passed 10114011
Passage rate 50.0%0.0%50.0%25.0%80.0%0.0%20.0%50.0%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%
Difference -5.0-54.3-15.8-27.2+17.0-53.5-41.4-3.4
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
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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 01000200
Chamber average 3.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.4
Difference -3.3-2.1-3.5-3.5-3.8-1.3-3.6-3.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 20121918115333225
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734
Absentee rate 3.1%1.8%2.9%2.7%16.5%5.0%4.4%3.4%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%
Difference -4.0-3.9-3.0-3.5+10.2-1.4-0.8-4.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigher====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 2929313532262633
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734
"Nay" rate 4.5%4.5%4.7%5.3%4.6%4.0%3.6%4.5%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%
Difference -3.9-3.3-2.6-2.2-4.0-3.3-3.5-2.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 81.1%78.2%72.6%76.3%71.0%76.6%78.8%76.0%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%
Difference +12.0+10.7+6.1+9.2+3.7+10.4+12.0+9.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 75.354.253.5nanananana
Chamber average 68.557.356.8nanananana
Difference +6.8-3.1-3.3nanananana
Comparison ======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 -0.8-6.1-3.45.26.118.123.61.9
Chamber average 0.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.8
Difference -1.7-15.2-11.3-4.3-12.9-7.1+2.9-7.9
Comparison ================
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Pitcher 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) 94.9%93.7%95.1%95.5%94.2%95.8%96.7%95.8%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%
Difference +1.2-0.6+0.4+1.4+0.4+1.2+1.8+2.0
Comparison Higher====Higher==HigherHigher==
 
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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) 79.0%67.7%67.6%76.9%70.7%79.1%85.7%75.3%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%
Difference -6.1-15.0-13.6-3.2-11.2-6.3-1.4-7.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLower==Lower

Votes on Rep. Pitcher's bills

Only 10 bills sponsored by Rep. Pitcher have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Pitcher sponsored. The votes are sorted by vote margin, with the most divisive votes listed first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2012 Pitcher HB0132S01 31 42 15.1% House/ failed
2013 Pitcher HB0121 44 28 22.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Pitcher HB0121 21 4 68.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2011 Pitcher HB0156S01 61 9 74.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Pitcher HB0304 65 6 83.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Pitcher HB0059S02 23 2 84.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Pitcher HB0156S01 24 1 92.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2015 Pitcher HB0004S01 73 1 97.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Pitcher HB0173S03 74 1 97.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Pitcher HB0059S02 70 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment