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Representative Val K. Potter
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2017
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. Val K. Potter'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. Potter's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H3H3H3H3
  Party RRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Potter 2855
Chamber average
Difference -4.7+0.9-2.3-2.3
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Potter's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 2855
Bills passed 1643
Passage rate 50%75%80%60%
Chamber average 61%53%63%58%
Difference -11.4+22+17+2.4
Comparison LowerHigherHigher==
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 3342
Chamber average
Difference -0.6-0.4+0.6-1.1
Comparison ======Lower
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 3153422
Total votes held 727734752698
Absentee rate 0.4%2.0%4.5%3.2%
Chamber average 5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -4.8-6.0-1.9-3.9
Comparison LowerLower==Lower
"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 32323246
Total votes held 727734752698
"Nay" rate 4.4%4.4%4.3%6.6%
Chamber average 7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -2.7-2.1-2.2-0.4
Comparison LowerLowerLower==
Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 80%89%84%71%
Chamber average 67%66%68%67%
Difference +13+22+16+4.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Potter 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%97%96%95%
Chamber average 95%94%95%95%
Difference +1.4+3.6+0.8-0.3
Comparison Higher==Higher==
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) 83%80%79%76%
Chamber average 87%83%85%83%
Difference -3.9-3.0-5.6-7.3
Comparison Lower==LowerLower

Votes on Rep. Potter's bills

Only 16 bills sponsored by Rep. Potter have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Potter 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
2018 Potter HB0233S05 49 19 44% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Potter HB0233S05 55 12 64% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2019 Potter HB0381S01 62 8 77% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2019 Potter HB0381S01 65 6 83% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Potter HB0233S05 26 2 86% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Potter HB0233S05 23 1 92% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2017 Potter HB0174 63 1 97% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Potter HB0349 70 1 97% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Potter HCR004 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Potter HB0344S01 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension