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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: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 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

20152016201720182019202020212022
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H64H64H64H64H64H64H64H64
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigher
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Thurston 10717131712105
Chamber average 6.77.06.77.17.37.36.67.1
Difference +3.30.0+10+5.9+9.7+4.7+3.4-2.1
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower
 
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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 10717131712105
Bills passed 13657673
Passage rate 10%43%35%38%41%50%70%60%
Chamber average 63%54%61%53%63%58%60%58%
Difference -53.0-10.5-26.4-15.4-22.5-7.6+10+1.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==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 00137442
Chamber average 3.83.33.63.43.43.13.13.0
Difference -3.8-3.3-2.6-0.4+3.6+0.9+0.9-1.0
Comparison LowerLowerLower==HigherHigher======
 
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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 818103227342729
Total votes held 699657727734752698666711
Absentee rate 1.1%2.7%1.4%4.4%3.6%4.9%4.1%4.1%
Chamber average 6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%6.1%5.7%
Difference -5.2-3.7-3.8-3.6-2.8-2.2-2.0-1.6
Comparison LowerLowerLower==Lower======
 
20152016201720182019202020212022
"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 9887607664739068
Total votes held 699657727734752698666711
"Nay" rate 14%13%8.3%10%8.5%10%14%9.6%
Chamber average 8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%7.7%6.5%
Difference +5.4+5.7+1.2+3.5+2.0+3.0+6.3+3.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 55%41%57%54%69%55%62%53%
Chamber average 67%66%67%66%68%67%66%67%
Difference -12.6-25.0-10.1-12.8+0.8-12.3-4.1-14.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower==LowerLower
 
20152016201720182019202020212022
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.
 
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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%88%92%90%93%91%88%92%
Chamber average 94%95%95%94%95%95%94%95%
Difference -5.7-6.9-2.6-3.6-2.7-3.7-5.9-3.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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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) 75%76%87%88%88%84%84%84%
Chamber average 82%85%87%83%85%83%85%84%
Difference -7.2-9.5+0.3+4.5+3.1+0.9-1.2-0.2
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% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Thurston HB0145S03 13 10 13% Senate/ failed
2017 Thurston HB0155S01 17 12 17% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Thurston HB0011S02 44 31 17% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2021 Thurston HB0190 11 17 21% Senate/ failed
2021 Thurston HB0140 42 27 22% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Thurston HB0155S01 48 26 30% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Thurston HJR016 47 24 32% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Thurston HB0019 51 22 40% 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
2022 Thurston HB0283S01 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Thurston HB0283S01 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Thurston HB0283S01 71 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Thurston HB0217S01 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Thurston HB0217S01 20 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Thurston HB0217S01 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Thurston HB0198 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Thurston HB0176S01 66 0 100% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2022 Thurston HB0176S01 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Thurston HJR001 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading