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Representative Kraig Powell
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2009
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2016
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2016: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2016: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Kraig Powell'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. Powell's statistical profile

20092010201120122013201420152016
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H54H54H54H54H54H54H54H54
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigher
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Powell 312121416202318
Chamber average 5.96.16.36.45.86.46.77.0
Difference -2.9+5.9+5.7+7.6+10.2+13.6+16.3+11.0
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Powell's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 312121416202318
Bills passed 15445696
Passage rate 33.3%41.7%33.3%28.6%31.3%30.0%39.1%33.3%
Chamber average 59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%
Difference -26.6-19.2-21.7-25.7-34.5-22.2-23.9-20.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
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 20536258
Chamber average 2.82.83.33.13.53.53.83.3
Difference -0.8-2.8+1.7-0.1+2.5-1.5+1.2+4.7
Comparison ==LowerHigher==HigherLower==HigherHigher
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
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 110321417222859
Total votes held 600614651651658664699657
Absentee rate 0.2%1.6%4.9%2.2%2.6%3.3%4.0%9.0%
Chamber average 6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%
Difference -5.8-5.2-2.2-3.5-3.3-2.9-2.3+2.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerHigher
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
"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 4221295144415231
Total votes held 600614651651658664699657
"Nay" rate 7.0%3.4%4.5%7.8%6.7%6.2%7.4%4.7%
Chamber average 8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%
Difference -1.1-4.0-3.9+0.0-0.6-1.3-1.2-2.6
Comparison ==LowerLowerLower====LowerLowerLower
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
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 73.1%94.3%85.7%68.7%65.6%80.3%67.0%76.4%
Chamber average 66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%
Difference +6.6+25.3+16.6+1.2-0.9+13.2-0.3+10.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====HigherHigher==HigherHigher
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
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 57.568.073.733.443.9nanana
Chamber average 55.260.868.557.356.8nanana
Difference +2.3+7.2+5.2-23.9-12.9nanana
Comparison ==Higher==LowerLowerLowernanana
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
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 -14.6-23.8-6.3-39.1-24.4-14.6-21.013.0
Chamber average 3.9-4.90.99.17.99.519.025.2
Difference -18.5-18.9-7.2-48.2-32.3-24.1-40.0-12.2
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLower==
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Powell 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) 91.8%94.7%94.2%90.4%92.7%92.5%92.1%95.3%
Chamber average 94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%
Difference -2.5+0.0+0.5-3.9-2.0-1.6-1.7+0.7
Comparison LowerLower====LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
20092010201120122013201420152016
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) 58.7%69.0%76.0%50.0%60.8%53.8%57.3%75.6%
Chamber average 81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%
Difference -22.7-15.3-9.1-32.7-20.4-26.3-24.6-9.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Powell's bills

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

Rep. Powell's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Powell 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
2015 Powell HB0091S04 12 12 0.0% Senate/ failed
2012 Powell HB0090 38 34 5.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Powell HB0038S02 33 38 7.0% House/ failed
2015 Powell HJR007S01 15 13 7.1% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Powell HB0091 34 40 8.1% House/ failed
2013 Powell HB0038S02 32 39 9.9% House/ failed
2009 Powell HB0125 40 32 11.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Powell HB0137S01 32 41 12.3% House/ failed
2014 Powell HJR008S01 32 41 12.3% House/ failed
2015 Powell HJR007S01 40 30 14.3% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Powell's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Powell 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
2016 Powell HB0273 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Powell HB0273 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2016 Powell HB0273 64 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Powell HB0175S04 73 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2016 Powell HB0175S04 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Powell HB0175S04 64 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Powell HB0143S01 66 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Powell HB0126S03 73 0 100.0% House Conference Committee - Final Passage
2016 Powell HB0126S03 25 0 100.0% Senate Conference Committee - Final Passage
2016 Powell HB0126S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading