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Representative Holly J. Richardson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2011
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2011: 1
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2011: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Holly J. Richardson'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. Richardson's statistical profile

2011
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber House
  District H57
  Party R
Leadership None
Years in chamber 1
Years comparison Lower
 
2011
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Richardson 1
Chamber average 6.3
Difference -5.3
Comparison LowerLower
 
2011
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Richardson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1
Bills passed 0
Passage rate 0.0%
Chamber average 55.0%
Difference -55.0
Comparison LowerLower
 
2011
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 3
Chamber average 3.3
Difference -0.3
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2011
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 62
Total votes held 612
Absentee rate 10.1%
Chamber average 7.1%
Difference +3.0
Comparison Higher
 
2011
"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 43
Total votes held 612
"Nay" rate 7.0%
Chamber average 8.4%
Difference -1.4
Comparison ==
 
2011
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 78.2%
Chamber average 69.1%
Difference +9.1
Comparison Higher
 
2011
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 92.7
Chamber average 68.5
Difference +24.2
Comparison Higher
 
2011
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 39.6
Chamber average 0.9
Difference +38.7
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2011
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Richardson 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) 93.8%
Chamber average 93.7%
Difference +0.1
Comparison ==
 
2011
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) 89.7%
Chamber average 85.1%
Difference +4.6
Comparison Higher

Votes on Rep. Richardson's bills

Rep. Richardson has not sponsored any bills yet.