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Representative Stephen E. Sandstrom
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2007
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2012
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2012: 6
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2012: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Stephen E. Sandstrom'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. Sandstrom's statistical profile

200720082009201020112012
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H58H58H58H58H58H58
  Party RRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====
 
200720082009201020112012
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Sandstrom 71212151513
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.36.4
Difference +0.9+5.9+6.1+8.9+8.7+6.6
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Sandstrom's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 71212151513
Bills passed 3471043
Passage rate 42.9%33.3%58.3%66.7%26.7%23.1%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%
Difference -7.7-19.5-1.6+5.8-28.3-31.2
Comparison ==Lower====LowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 021203
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.33.1
Difference -3.1-1.2-1.8-0.8-3.3-0.1
Comparison Lower==Lower==LowerLower==
 
200720082009201020112012
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 322249278088
Total votes held 602616600614651651
Absentee rate 5.3%3.6%8.2%4.4%12.3%13.5%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%
Difference -3.0-4.7+2.2-2.4+5.2+7.8
Comparison LowerLowerHigherLowerHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
"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 544351505037
Total votes held 602616600614651651
"Nay" rate 9.0%7.0%8.5%8.1%7.7%5.7%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%
Difference +1.8+1.0+0.4+0.7-0.7-2.1
Comparison HigherHigher======Lower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 67.6%77.6%69.4%66.7%67.7%72.2%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%
Difference +1.1+8.7+2.9-2.3-1.4+4.7
Comparison ==Higher======Higher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 73.360.770.386.568.384.0
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.3
Difference +16.4+14.1+15.1+25.7-0.2+26.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 69.461.060.350.738.249.1
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.99.1
Difference +65.7+63.5+56.4+55.6+37.3+40.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Sandstrom 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) 93.1%93.4%93.1%94.4%92.6%96.3%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%
Difference -1.4-2.0-1.2-0.3-1.1+2.0
Comparison LowerLowerLower====Higher
 
200720082009201020112012
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) 83.8%89.3%91.5%94.4%84.9%91.9%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%
Difference +4.5+7.6+10.1+10.1-0.2+9.2
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher

Votes on Rep. Sandstrom's bills

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

Rep. Sandstrom's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Sandstrom 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
2008 Sandstrom HB0405S01 36 36 0.0% House/ failed
2010 Sandstrom HB0227S01 35 36 1.4% House/ motion to reconsider failed
2010 Sandstrom HB0227S01 38 36 2.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Sandstrom HB0491S02 35 38 4.1% House/ failed
2010 Sandstrom HB0227S01 32 40 11.1% House/ failed
2010 Sandstrom HB0103 11 15 15.4% Senate/ failed
2007 Sandstrom HB0104S01 41 30 15.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Sandstrom HB0355S01 43 26 24.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Sandstrom HB0405S01 25 45 28.6% House/ failed
2010 Sandstrom HB0380 45 24 30.4% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Sandstrom's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Sandstrom 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
2012 Sandstrom HB0399 70 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Sandstrom HB0399 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Sandstrom HB0399 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Sandstrom HB0399 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Sandstrom HB0395S01 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Sandstrom HB0392 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Sandstrom HB0466 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Sandstrom HB0218 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Sandstrom HB0218 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 Sandstrom HB0148S01 20 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading