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Representative Douglas Sagers
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. Douglas Sagers'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. Sagers'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 H21H21H21H21H21H21H21H21H21H21
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
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 Sagers 1248635846
Chamber average 6.36.45.86.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference -5.3-4.4-1.8+1.6-0.7-4.0-1.7+0.9-3.3-1.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerHigher==LowerLower==LowerLower
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Sagers's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1248635846
Bills passed 0132413324
Passage rate 0.0%50.0%75.0%25.0%66.7%33.3%60.0%37.5%50.0%66.7%
Chamber average 55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -55.0-4.3+9.2-27.2+3.7-20.2-1.4-15.9-13.5+9.1
Comparison LowerLower====Lower==Lower==LowerLower==
 
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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 1100111122
Chamber average 3.33.13.53.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -2.3-2.1-3.5-3.5-2.8-2.3-2.6-2.4-1.4-1.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 884061895435731155262
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 13.5%6.1%9.3%13.4%7.7%5.3%10.0%15.7%6.9%8.9%
Chamber average 7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference +6.4+0.4+3.4+7.2+1.4-1.1+4.8+7.7+0.5+1.8
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigher====HigherHigher====
 
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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 31393653545035293726
Total votes held 651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 4.8%6.0%5.5%8.0%7.7%7.6%4.8%4.0%4.9%3.7%
Chamber average 8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -3.6-1.8-1.8+0.5-0.9+0.3-2.3-2.5-1.6-3.3
Comparison LowerLowerLower======LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 78.9%73.7%75.4%62.0%76.3%72.5%76.8%87.5%81.6%80.2%
Chamber average 69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +9.8+6.2+8.9-5.1+9.0+6.3+10.0+21.2+13.3+13.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 53.344.666.1nanananananana
Chamber average 68.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference -15.2-12.7+9.3nanananananana
Comparison LowerLowerHighernanananananana
 
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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 -3.116.414.010.111.532.134.46.628.813.1
Chamber average 0.99.17.99.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference -4.0+7.3+6.1+0.6-7.5+6.9+13.7-3.2+12.7-4.3
Comparison ====================
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Sagers 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) 94.8%95.1%94.5%92.0%93.8%93.4%95.9%97.1%95.7%95.6%
Chamber average 93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference +1.1+0.8-0.2-2.1-0.0-1.2+1.0+3.3+0.3+0.8
Comparison ======Lower==LowerHigher====Higher
 
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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) 76.3%79.5%76.7%65.0%77.4%75.0%88.6%83.1%82.1%68.4%
Chamber average 85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference -8.8-3.2-4.5-15.1-4.5-10.4+1.5+0.1-2.5-15.1
Comparison Lower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower======LowerLower

Votes on Rep. Sagers's bills

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

Rep. Sagers's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Sagers 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
2012 Sagers HB0068S01 40 30 14.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sagers HB0269S02 42 27 21.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Sagers HB0196 42 25 25.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sagers HB0062S02 44 23 31.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Sagers HB0068S01 50 19 44.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2018 Sagers HB0340 63 9 75.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Sagers HB0075S01 63 7 80.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sagers HB0009 65 6 83.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Sagers HB0405 67 6 83.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Sagers HB0228 23 1 91.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Sagers's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Sagers 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 Sagers HB0269S02 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Sagers HB0186S03 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sagers HB0122 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sagers HB0122 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Sagers HB0122 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sagers HB0050S02 72 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Sagers HB0050S02 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sagers HB0050S02 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Sagers HB0050S02 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Sagers HB0009 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension