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Senator Brian E. Shiozawa
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2013
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2017
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2017: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2017: 5

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Brian E. Shiozawa'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.

Sen. Shiozawa's statistical profile

20132014201520162017
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S8S8S8S8S8
  Party RRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Shiozawa 34668
Chamber average 10.810.611.410.110.6
Difference -7.8-6.6-5.4-4.1-2.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Shiozawa's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 34668
Bills passed 13568
Passage rate 33.3%75.0%83.3%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%
Difference -32.1+5.3+15.1+32.4+26.3
Comparison LowerLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 710111522
Chamber average 11.111.512.312.813.4
Difference -4.1-1.5-1.3+2.2+8.6
Comparison Lower======Higher
 
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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 2137684359
Total votes held 940840951860913
Absentee rate 2.2%4.4%7.2%5.0%6.5%
Chamber average 11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%
Difference -8.9-7.1-4.5-9.0-3.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 2018464525
Total votes held 940840951860913
"Nay" rate 2.1%2.1%4.8%5.2%2.7%
Chamber average 3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%
Difference -1.6-1.5-0.0+1.5-0.1
Comparison LowerLower==Higher==
 
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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 69.5%82.4%62.0%46.8%53.8%
Chamber average 68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%
Difference +0.9+15.1-6.5-20.0-14.1
Comparison ==HigherLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 44.8nananana
Chamber average 64.3nananana
Difference -19.5nananana
Comparison LowerLowernananana
 
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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 -7.7-5.4-26.7-33.6-22.5
Chamber average 24.932.626.235.725.4
Difference -32.6-38.0-52.9-69.3-47.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Shiozawa 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) 96.8%97.4%94.9%93.7%97.2%
Chamber average 97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%
Difference -0.2+0.7-1.0-3.4-0.6
Comparison ==Higher==LowerLowerLower
 
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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) 56.3%61.0%53.0%41.5%64.2%
Chamber average 85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%
Difference -28.7-23.1-29.5-45.6-22.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Shiozawa's bills

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

Sen. Shiozawa's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Shiozawa 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
2017 Shiozawa SB0159 17 12 17.2% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0159 43 30 17.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Shiozawa SB0164S01 17 11 21.4% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0159 18 10 28.6% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0159 23 45 32.4% House/ floor amendment failed # 1
2014 Shiozawa SB0057S01 18 8 38.5% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Shiozawa SB0057S01 18 7 44.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Shiozawa SB0164S01 21 8 44.8% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2013 Shiozawa SB0055S04 18 6 50.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Shiozawa SB0251S01 19 6 52.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension

Sen. Shiozawa's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Shiozawa 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
2017 Shiozawa SCR006S01 29 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2017 Shiozawa SCR006S01 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SCR006S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0219 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0219 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0162 66 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0162 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0162 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0160 66 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Shiozawa SB0160 29 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading