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Senator Jerry W. Stevenson
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2010
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2024
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2024: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2024: 15

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Jerry W. Stevenson'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. Stevenson's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S6S6
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456789101112131415
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower========HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Stevenson 4109138117757678118
Chamber average 8.9119.811111110119.6109.79.49.61110
Difference -4.9-0.6-0.8+2.2-2.6-0.4-3.1-3.6-4.6-3.2-3.7-2.4-1.6-0.1-2.3
Comparison LowerLower====HigherLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower======
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Stevenson's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 4109138117757678118
Bills passed 37813886756566108
Passage rate 75%70%89%100%100%73%86%100%100%86%83%86%75%91%100%
Chamber average 69%70%72%65%70%68%68%74%83%78%70%71%71%72%72%
Difference +6.4-0.2+17+35+30+4.8+18+26+17+7.6+13+15+4.1+19+28
Comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher
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 5891317611101186121045
Chamber average 111112111112131314141312131516
Difference -6.0-3.4-2.8+1.9+5.5-6.3-1.8-3.4-3.2-5.6-7.3-0.4-3.4-11.2-11.5
Comparison LowerLower====HigherLower======LowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLower
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 495753191173212157271302387284208334536406
Total votes held 7869408909408409518609139269759109199311,0581,069
Absentee rate 6.2%6.1%6.0%20%21%22%18%30%33%40%31%23%36%51%38%
Chamber average 12%14%9.9%11%12%12%14%10%13%11%11%8.0%12%13%13%
Difference -5.7-8.3-3.9+8.9+9.5+10+4.0+20+20+29+20+15+24+38+25
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
"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 19171915133114311911132810
Total votes held 7869408909408409518609139269759109199311,0581,069
"Nay" rate 2.4%1.8%2.1%1.6%1.5%3.3%1.6%0.3%1.2%0.9%1.2%1.4%0.2%0.8%0.9%
Chamber average 4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%4.0%2.6%3.4%3.9%
Difference -2.2-1.6-2.7-2.1-2.1-1.5-2.1-2.5-2.0-1.8-1.3-2.6-2.4-2.6-3.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 90%90%90%83%80%82%78%84%80%84%84%85%100%95%90%
Chamber average 70%72%70%69%67%68%67%68%68%70%71%70%71%74%74%
Difference +20+19+19+15+12+14+11+17+11+14+14+15+29+22+17
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Stevenson 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) 99%99%98%98%98%97%99%99%98%99%99%99%100%99%99%
Chamber average 97%98%96%97%97%96%97%98%97%98%98%97%98%98%98%
Difference +1.8+1.1+1.8+1.4+1.4+1.5+1.8+1.4+0.8+0.9+1.2+1.5+2.0+0.7+1.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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) 91%100%94%88%88%90%94%93%87%96%96%89%100%97%98%
Chamber average 89%91%88%85%84%83%87%86%85%92%91%88%92%94%94%
Difference +2.2+8.8+5.8+3.1+3.8+7.5+6.9+6.3+1.7+4.6+5.4+0.9+8.2+2.1+3.6
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher==Higher==Higher

Votes on Sen. Stevenson's bills

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

Sen. Stevenson's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Stevenson 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
2013 Stevenson SB0082S01 38 35 4.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2023 Stevenson SB0105S04 15 13 7.1% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2015 Stevenson SB0072 12 14 7.7% Senate/ failed
2013 Stevenson SB0284S01 38 29 13% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Stevenson SB0272S02 16 10 23% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Stevenson SB0002S01 26 46 28% House/ floor amendment failed # 2
2013 Stevenson SB0082S01 18 10 29% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2024 Stevenson SB0273S01 46 24 31% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Stevenson SB0098 18 9 33% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Stevenson SB0002S01 23 49 36% House/ floor amendment failed # 1

Sen. Stevenson's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Stevenson 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
2024 Stevenson SJR013 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Stevenson SJR013 29 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Stevenson SJR013 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 Stevenson SB0198S03 21 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 Stevenson SB0163S03 25 0 100% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2024 Stevenson SB0163S03 71 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Stevenson SB0163S03 29 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Stevenson SB0163S03 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2024 Stevenson SB0007 75 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2024 Stevenson SB0007 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension