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Senator Evan J. Vickers
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2009
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 4
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 8

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Evan J. Vickers'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. Vickers's statistical profile

200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District H72H72H72H72S28S28S28S28S28S28S28S28
  Party RRRRRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneMajLdrMajLdr
Years in chamber 123412345678
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower====
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Vickers 3455867108887
Chamber average 5.96.16.36.410.810.611.410.110.69.610.29.7
Difference -2.9-2.1-1.3-1.4-2.8-4.6-4.4-0.1-2.6-1.6-2.2-2.7
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLower==Lower==LowerLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Vickers's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 3455867108887
Bills passed 225566775687
Passage rate 66.7%50.0%100.0%100.0%75.0%100.0%100.0%70.0%62.5%75.0%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference +6.8-10.9+45.0+45.7+9.6+30.3+31.8+2.4-11.2-8.3+21.6+29.5
Comparison ==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==LowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 02221711201923251323
Chamber average 2.82.83.33.111.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference -2.8-0.8-1.3-1.1+5.9-0.5+7.7+6.2+9.6+10.8-0.6+9.7
Comparison Lower==LowerLowerHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 722042364447456852886655
Total votes held 600614651651940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 12.0%3.3%6.5%5.5%4.7%5.6%4.7%7.9%5.7%9.5%6.8%6.0%
Chamber average 6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference +6.0-3.5-0.6-0.2-6.4-5.9-7.0-6.1-4.7-3.6-4.4-5.5
Comparison HigherHigherLower====LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 252027352935523822411715
Total votes held 600614651651940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 4.2%3.3%4.1%5.4%3.1%4.2%5.5%4.4%2.4%4.4%1.7%1.6%
Chamber average 8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -3.9-4.1-4.3-2.4-0.6+0.6+0.7+0.7-0.4+1.2-1.0-0.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==========HigherLowerLower
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 87.0%89.7%81.6%74.7%79.0%55.6%64.0%54.2%57.9%53.6%80.0%82.5%
Chamber average 66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +20.5+20.7+12.5+7.2+10.4-11.7-4.5-12.6-10.0-14.6+9.8+11.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigher
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 56.363.772.364.061.7nanananananana
Chamber average 55.260.868.557.364.3nanananananana
Difference +1.1+2.9+3.8+6.7-2.6nanananananana
Comparison ======Higher==nanananananana
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 13.4-3.9-0.216.427.668.433.242.736.782.080.440.7
Chamber average 3.9-4.90.99.124.932.626.235.725.423.741.634.7
Difference +9.5+1.0-1.1+7.3+2.7+35.8+7.0+7.0+11.3+58.3+38.8+6.0
Comparison ==========Higher======HigherHigher==
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Vickers 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) 95.8%96.3%95.1%95.1%96.4%96.1%94.3%95.8%97.8%96.2%98.9%98.5%
Chamber average 94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference +1.5+1.6+1.4+0.8-0.6-0.6-1.6-1.3+0.0-1.1+0.8+0.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigher======LowerLower==LowerHigher==
 
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 75.8%75.7%79.2%75.9%72.5%80.5%63.6%68.6%79.2%82.6%100.0%79.4%
Chamber average 81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference -5.6-8.6-5.9-6.8-12.5-3.6-18.9-18.5-7.2-2.8+8.2-11.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==HigherHigherLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Vickers's bills

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

Sen. Vickers's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Vickers 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
2016 Vickers SB0061 14 15 3.4% Senate/ failed
2012 Vickers HB0051 40 31 12.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Vickers HB0173S01 13 10 13.0% Senate/ failed
2019 Vickers SJR009 42 32 13.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Vickers SJR009 16 12 14.3% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Vickers SJR009 16 12 14.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2016 Vickers SB0089S05 18 8 38.5% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Vickers SB0130S02 49 20 42.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Vickers HB0173S01 55 18 50.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Vickers HB0173S01 59 13 63.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendments

Sen. Vickers's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Vickers 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 Vickers SJR007S02 24 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Vickers SJR007S02 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Vickers SJR007S02 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Vickers SB0157 61 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Vickers SB0157 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Vickers SB0145S02 29 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Vickers SB0145S02 62 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Vickers SB0145S02 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Vickers SB0145S02 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Vickers SB0138S03 28 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment