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Senator John L. Valentine
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1989
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2014
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2014: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2014: 16

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. John L. Valentine'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. Valentine's statistical profile

20072008200920102011201220132014
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S14S14S14S14S14S14S14S14
  Party RRRRRRRR
Leadership SenPresSenPresNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 910111213141516
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Valentine 22101314132017
Chamber average 9.69.89.08.910.69.810.810.6
Difference -7.6-7.8+1.0+4.1+3.4+3.2+9.2+6.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Valentine's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 22101314132017
Bills passed 228121291012
Passage rate 100.0%100.0%80.0%92.3%85.7%69.2%50.0%70.6%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%65.4%69.7%
Difference +37.5+32.0+17.2+23.7+15.5-2.5-15.4+0.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Lower==
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 01171526322723
Chamber average 11.611.511.111.011.411.811.111.5
Difference -11.6-10.5+5.9+4.0+14.6+20.2+15.9+11.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 134115137881019010490
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840
Absentee rate 16.3%14.3%17.0%11.2%10.7%10.1%11.1%10.7%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%11.1%11.5%
Difference +7.4+4.7+5.9-0.7-3.7+0.2-0.0-0.8
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher==Lower======
 
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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 1918172727302136
Total votes held 820806807786940890940840
"Nay" rate 2.3%2.2%2.1%3.4%2.9%3.4%2.2%4.3%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%3.7%3.6%
Difference -1.8-1.9-2.0-1.2-0.5-1.4-1.5+0.7
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerHigher
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 86.2%82.1%79.7%81.2%80.7%79.5%79.6%57.1%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%68.6%67.3%
Difference +16.4+13.0+10.1+11.0+9.0+9.0+11.0-10.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower
 
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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 58.656.268.579.587.765.669.3na
Chamber average 57.750.060.569.373.559.264.3na
Difference +0.9+6.2+8.0+10.2+14.2+6.4+5.0na
Comparison ==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherna
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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 21.543.575.168.685.579.940.778.5
Chamber average 0.45.536.628.044.032.124.932.6
Difference +21.1+38.0+38.5+40.6+41.5+47.8+15.8+45.9
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Valentine 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) 97.2%98.1%97.8%97.3%97.1%97.2%98.3%95.8%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%97.0%96.7%
Difference +0.5+1.0+0.6+0.2-0.7+0.7+1.3-0.9
Comparison ==HigherHigher==LowerHigherHigherLower
 
20072008200920102011201220132014
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) 80.5%89.1%90.0%87.0%93.7%93.7%87.0%75.0%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%85.0%84.1%
Difference -2.9+4.3+0.5-1.5+2.5+5.7+2.0-9.1
Comparison ==Higher====HigherHigher==Lower

Votes on Sen. Valentine's bills

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

Sen. Valentine's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Valentine 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
2010 Valentine SB0099S02 16 9 28.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Valentine SB0099S02 9 19 35.7% Senate/ failed
2009 Valentine SB0214 21 8 44.8% Senate/ pass 3rd
2009 Valentine SB0214 18 5 56.5% Senate/ pass 2nd
2012 Valentine SJR013 56 14 60.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Valentine SB0078S01 55 13 61.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Valentine SJR025 17 4 61.9% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Valentine SB0136S02 22 5 63.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Valentine SJR013 20 4 66.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Valentine SB0113S03 61 10 71.8% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Valentine's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Valentine 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
2014 Valentine SR0001 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Valentine SJR013 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Valentine SJR013 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Valentine SJR013 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Valentine SJR011 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Valentine SJR011 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Valentine SJR011 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Valentine SJR007 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Valentine SB0261 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Valentine SB0233S02 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading