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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: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 11

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

20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21S21
  Party RRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 1234567891011
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower========HigherHigher
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Stevenson 41091381177576
Chamber average 8.910.69.810.810.611.410.110.69.610.29.7
Difference -4.9-0.6-0.8+2.2-2.6-0.4-3.1-3.6-4.6-3.2-3.7
Comparison LowerLower====HigherLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 41091381177576
Bills passed 378138867565
Passage rate 75.0%70.0%88.9%100.0%100.0%72.7%85.7%100.0%100.0%85.7%83.3%
Chamber average 68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference +6.4-0.2+17.2+34.6+30.3+4.5+18.1+26.3+16.7+7.3+12.8
Comparison ====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 5891317611101186
Chamber average 11.011.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference -6.0-3.4-2.8+1.9+5.5-6.3-1.8-3.4-3.2-5.6-7.3
Comparison LowerLower====HigherLower======LowerLower
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 495753191173212157271302387284
Total votes held 786940890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 6.2%6.1%6.0%20.3%20.6%22.3%18.3%29.7%32.6%39.7%31.2%
Chamber average 11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference -5.7-8.3-3.9+9.2+9.1+10.6+4.3+19.3+19.5+28.5+19.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 19171915133114311911
Total votes held 786940890940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 2.4%1.8%2.1%1.6%1.5%3.3%1.6%0.3%1.2%0.9%1.2%
Chamber average 4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -2.2-1.6-2.7-2.1-2.1-1.5-2.1-2.5-2.0-1.8-1.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 89.9%90.3%89.7%83.3%79.5%82.1%77.6%84.4%79.5%84.2%84.4%
Chamber average 70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +19.7+18.6+19.2+14.7+12.2+13.6+10.8+16.5+11.3+14.0+13.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 76.387.764.670.1nanananananana
Chamber average 69.373.559.264.3nanananananana
Difference +7.0+14.2+5.4+5.8nanananananana
Comparison HigherHigher==Highernanananananana
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 63.181.055.041.247.236.262.741.235.164.063.0
Chamber average 28.044.032.124.932.626.235.725.423.741.634.7
Difference +35.1+37.0+22.9+16.3+14.6+10.0+27.0+15.8+11.4+22.4+28.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigher======Higher======Higher
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 98.9%98.9%98.3%98.4%98.1%97.4%98.9%99.2%98.1%99.0%99.4%
Chamber average 97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference +1.8+1.1+1.8+1.4+1.4+1.5+1.8+1.4+0.8+0.9+1.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 90.7%100.0%93.8%88.1%87.9%90.0%94.0%92.7%87.1%96.4%96.3%
Chamber average 88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference +2.2+8.8+5.8+3.1+3.8+7.5+6.9+6.3+1.7+4.6+5.4
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigher

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
2015 Stevenson SB0072 12 14 7.7% Senate/ failed
2013 Stevenson SB0284S01 38 29 13.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Stevenson SB0272S02 16 10 23.1% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Stevenson SB0002S01 26 46 27.8% House/ floor amendment failed # 2
2013 Stevenson SB0082S01 18 10 28.6% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2013 Stevenson SB0098 18 9 33.3% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Stevenson SB0002S01 23 49 36.1% House/ floor amendment failed # 1
2010 Stevenson SB0272S02 47 22 36.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2016 Stevenson SB0250 51 20 43.7% House/ passed 3rd reading

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
2020 Stevenson SB0211 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Stevenson SB0192S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Stevenson SB0192S03 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Stevenson SB0192S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Stevenson SB0168S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Stevenson SB0168S01 62 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Stevenson SB0168S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Stevenson SB0168S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Stevenson SB0073 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Stevenson SB0007 73 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading