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Senator Daniel W. Thatcher
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2011
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: 10

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher'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. Thatcher's statistical profile

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Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S12S12S12S12S12S12S12S12S12S12
  Party RRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678910
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower========
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Thatcher 45127641318811
Chamber average 10.69.810.810.611.410.110.69.610.29.7
Difference -6.6-4.8+1.2-3.6-5.4-6.1+2.4+8.4-2.2+1.3
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherLower==
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Thatcher's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 45127641318811
Bills passed 2410453101669
Passage rate 50.0%80.0%83.3%57.1%83.3%75.0%76.9%88.9%75.0%81.8%
Chamber average 70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference -20.2+8.3+17.9-12.6+15.1+7.4+3.2+5.6-3.4+11.3
Comparison LowerHigherHigherLowerHigher========Higher
 
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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 549531210181112
Chamber average 11.411.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference -6.4-7.8-2.1-6.5-9.3-0.8-3.4+3.8-2.6-1.3
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLower==========
 
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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 10879130123105104124147178139
Total votes held 940890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 11.5%8.9%13.8%14.6%11.0%12.1%13.6%15.9%18.3%15.3%
Chamber average 14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference -2.9-1.0+2.7+3.1-0.7-1.9+3.2+2.8+7.1+3.8
Comparison ====HigherHigher====Higher==HigherHigher
 
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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 20402716211812458
Total votes held 940890940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 2.1%4.5%2.9%1.9%2.2%2.1%1.3%0.4%0.5%0.9%
Chamber average 3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -1.3-0.3-0.8-1.7-2.6-1.6-1.5-2.8-2.2-1.6
Comparison Lower====LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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 83.6%64.0%71.7%72.0%76.3%73.8%70.3%74.1%86.3%73.5%
Chamber average 71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +11.9-6.5+3.1+4.7+7.8+7.0+2.4+5.9+16.1+2.6
Comparison HigherLower====HigherHigher==HigherHigher==
 
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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 78.373.672.4nanananananana
Chamber average 73.559.264.3nanananananana
Difference +4.8+14.4+8.1nanananananana
Comparison ==HigherHighernanananananana
 
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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 80.077.955.957.852.854.348.825.261.946.7
Chamber average 44.032.124.932.626.235.725.423.741.634.7
Difference +36.0+45.8+31.0+25.2+26.6+18.6+23.4+1.5+20.3+12.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher======
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Thatcher 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) 98.3%95.3%97.3%97.6%97.6%98.0%98.5%98.5%99.1%98.6%
Chamber average 97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference +0.5-1.2+0.3+0.9+1.7+0.9+0.7+1.2+1.0+0.4
Comparison HigherLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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) 92.6%81.0%88.6%92.3%95.3%88.9%88.5%85.4%92.3%85.7%
Chamber average 91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference +1.4-7.0+3.6+8.2+12.8+1.8+2.1-0.0+0.5-5.2
Comparison ==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigher========Lower

Votes on Sen. Thatcher's bills

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

Sen. Thatcher's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Thatcher 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
2019 Thatcher SB0171S01 34 34 0.0% House/ failed
2018 Thatcher SB0016S03 16 11 18.5% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Thatcher SB0103S04 18 11 24.1% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Thatcher SB0038 44 24 29.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thatcher SB0248 46 23 33.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Thatcher SB0103S04 19 9 35.7% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Thatcher SB0081S01 50 21 40.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Thatcher SB0037 20 50 42.9% House/ failed
2019 Thatcher SB0171S01 20 7 48.1% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Thatcher SB0059 53 18 49.3% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Thatcher's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Thatcher 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 Thatcher SB0248 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Thatcher SB0238 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thatcher SB0238 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Thatcher SB0193S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Thatcher SB0193S01 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thatcher SB0193S01 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thatcher SB0193S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Thatcher SB0188 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thatcher SB0188 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thatcher SB0188 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading