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Representative Norman K. Thurston
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2015
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 6
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Norman K. Thurston'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. Thurston's statistical profile

201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H64H64H64H64H64H64
  Party RRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====
 
201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Thurston 10717131712
Chamber average 6.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference +3.3-0.0+10.3+5.9+9.7+4.7
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Thurston's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 10717131712
Bills passed 136576
Passage rate 10.0%42.9%35.3%38.5%41.2%50.0%
Chamber average 63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -53.0-10.6-26.1-14.9-22.3-7.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
201520162017201820192020
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 001374
Chamber average 3.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -3.8-3.3-2.6-0.4+3.6+0.9
Comparison LowerLowerLower==HigherHigher==
 
201520162017201820192020
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 81810322734
Total votes held 699657727734752698
Absentee rate 1.1%2.7%1.4%4.4%3.6%4.9%
Chamber average 6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -5.2-3.7-3.8-3.6-2.8-2.2
Comparison LowerLowerLower==Lower==
 
201520162017201820192020
"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 988760766473
Total votes held 699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 14.0%13.2%8.3%10.4%8.5%10.5%
Chamber average 8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference +5.4+5.9+1.2+3.9+2.0+3.5
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201520162017201820192020
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 54.7%41.2%56.7%53.5%69.1%54.7%
Chamber average 67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference -12.6-25.0-10.1-12.8+0.8-12.3
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
201520162017201820192020
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 nananananana
Chamber average nananananana
Difference nananananana
Comparison nananananana
 
201520162017201820192020
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 68.872.064.375.867.374.8
Chamber average 19.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference +49.8+46.8+43.6+66.0+51.2+57.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Thurston 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) 88.1%87.7%92.3%90.2%92.7%91.1%
Chamber average 93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference -5.7-6.9-2.6-3.6-2.7-3.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLower
 
201520162017201820192020
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) 74.7%75.9%87.4%87.5%87.7%84.4%
Chamber average 81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference -7.2-9.5+0.3+4.5+3.1+0.9
Comparison LowerLowerLower==HigherHigher==

Votes on Rep. Thurston's bills

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

Rep. Thurston's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Thurston 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 Thurston HB0078 34 36 2.9% House/ failed
2018 Thurston HB0163S02 39 31 11.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Thurston HB0145S03 13 10 13.0% Senate/ failed
2017 Thurston HB0155S01 17 12 17.2% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Thurston HB0011S02 44 31 17.3% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2017 Thurston HB0155S01 48 26 29.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Thurston HJR016 47 24 32.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Thurston HB0019 51 22 39.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Thurston HB0145S03 50 21 40.8% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2019 Thurston HB0145S03 50 21 40.8% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Thurston's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Thurston 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 Thurston HB0366 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thurston HB0290S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thurston HB0290S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Thurston HB0290S01 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thurston HB0207S02 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thurston HB0207S02 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Thurston HB0077 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thurston HB0077 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Thurston HB0077 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Thurston HB0075S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension