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Representative Robert M. Spendlove
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2014
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 7
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Robert M. Spendlove'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. Spendlove's statistical profile

2014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H49H49H49H49H49H49H49
  Party RRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower========
 
2014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Spendlove 4748776
Chamber average 6.46.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference -2.4+0.3-3.0+1.3-0.1-0.3-1.3
Comparison Lower==Lower======Lower
 
2014201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Spendlove's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 4748776
Bills passed 3224454
Passage rate 75.0%28.6%50.0%50.0%57.1%71.4%66.7%
Chamber average 52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference +22.8-34.4-3.5-11.4+3.7+7.9+9.1
Comparison HigherLowerLower==Lower======
 
2014201520162017201820192020
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 0124255
Chamber average 3.53.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -3.5-2.8-1.3+0.4-1.4+1.6+1.9
Comparison LowerLowerLower==LowerHigherHigher
 
2014201520162017201820192020
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 351428628511268
Total votes held 664699657727734752698
Absentee rate 5.3%2.0%4.3%8.5%11.6%14.9%9.7%
Chamber average 6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -0.9-4.3-2.1+3.3+3.6+8.5+2.6
Comparison ==LowerLowerHigher==HigherHigherHigher
 
2014201520162017201820192020
"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 27402924141719
Total votes held 664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 4.1%5.7%4.4%3.3%1.9%2.3%2.7%
Chamber average 7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -3.4-2.9-2.9-3.8-4.6-4.2-4.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
2014201520162017201820192020
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 83.8%76.3%79.6%75.0%85.1%83.2%84.6%
Chamber average 67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +16.7+9.0+13.4+8.2+18.8+14.9+17.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2014201520162017201820192020
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 nanananananana
Chamber average nanananananana
Difference nanananananana
Comparison nanananananana
 
2014201520162017201820192020
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 7.110.712.715.9-0.610.314.7
Chamber average 9.519.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference -2.4-8.3-12.5-4.8-10.4-5.8-2.7
Comparison ==============
 
2014201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Spendlove 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) 96.5%95.0%96.5%95.9%97.4%95.9%96.7%
Chamber average 94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference +2.4+1.2+1.9+1.0+3.6+0.5+1.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher====Higher
 
2014201520162017201820192020
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) 75.0%74.4%77.9%79.5%78.5%72.5%75.5%
Chamber average 80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference -5.1-7.5-7.5-7.6-4.5-12.1-8.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Spendlove's bills

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

Rep. Spendlove's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Spendlove 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
2018 Spendlove HB0382S03 40 27 19.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Spendlove HB0472 47 27 27.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Spendlove HCR005 51 22 39.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Spendlove HB0382S03 52 22 40.5% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2018 Spendlove HB0472 20 8 42.9% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2016 Spendlove HB0290S01 19 4 65.2% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Spendlove HB0357S02 62 10 72.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Spendlove HB0151 19 2 81.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2016 Spendlove HB0290S01 58 6 81.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Spendlove HB0382S03 21 2 82.6% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension

Rep. Spendlove's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Spendlove 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 Spendlove HB0259 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Spendlove HB0259 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Spendlove HB0200 70 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Spendlove HB0200 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Spendlove HB0200 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Spendlove HB0200 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Spendlove HB0048 69 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Spendlove HB0048 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Spendlove HB0048 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Spendlove HB0048 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading