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Senator Michael G. Waddoups
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 1987
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2012
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2012: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2012: 16

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Michael G. Waddoups'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. Waddoups's statistical profile

200720082009201020112012
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S6S6S6S6S6S6
  Party RRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneSenPresSenPresSenPresSenPres
Years in chamber 111213141516
Years comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Waddoups 1084112
Chamber average 9.69.89.08.910.69.8
Difference +0.4-1.8-5.0-7.9-9.6-7.8
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Waddoups's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 1084112
Bills passed 552112
Passage rate 50.0%62.5%50.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%62.8%68.6%70.2%71.7%
Difference -12.5-5.5-12.8+31.4+29.8+28.3
Comparison Lower==LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 12122421
Chamber average 11.611.511.111.011.411.8
Difference +0.4+0.5-9.1-7.0-9.4-10.8
Comparison ====LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 403237365874
Total votes held 820806807786940890
Absentee rate 4.9%4.0%4.6%4.6%6.2%8.3%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%11.1%11.9%14.4%9.9%
Difference -4.0-5.6-6.5-7.3-8.2-1.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
 
200720082009201020112012
"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 293227302233
Total votes held 820806807786940890
"Nay" rate 3.5%4.0%3.3%3.8%2.3%3.7%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%4.1%4.6%3.4%4.8%
Difference -0.6-0.1-0.8-0.8-1.1-1.1
Comparison ======LowerLowerLower
 
200720082009201020112012
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 70.5%74.6%75.7%79.2%81.7%76.5%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%69.6%70.2%71.7%70.5%
Difference +0.7+5.5+6.1+9.0+10.0+6.0
Comparison ======HigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
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 66.859.781.085.379.762.6
Chamber average 57.750.060.569.373.559.2
Difference +9.1+9.7+20.5+16.0+6.2+3.4
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher====
 
200720082009201020112012
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 62.650.283.380.384.076.8
Chamber average 0.45.536.628.044.032.1
Difference +62.2+44.7+46.7+52.3+40.0+44.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
200720082009201020112012
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Waddoups 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) 96.7%96.2%97.4%97.6%97.8%96.6%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%97.2%97.1%97.8%96.5%
Difference -0.0-0.9+0.2+0.5+0.0+0.1
Comparison ==Lower==Higher====
 
200720082009201020112012
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) 93.2%86.0%98.2%94.7%91.7%90.2%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%89.5%88.5%91.2%88.0%
Difference +9.8+1.2+8.7+6.2+0.5+2.2
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigher====

Votes on Sen. Waddoups's bills

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

Sen. Waddoups's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Waddoups 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
2007 Waddoups SB0066S03 15 13 7.1% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Waddoups SB0064S01 14 9 21.7% Senate/ failed
2007 Waddoups SB0066S03 18 11 24.1% Senate/ pass 3rd
2007 Waddoups SB0064S01 18 8 38.5% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Waddoups SB0136S01 54 19 47.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Waddoups HB0348S01 54 15 56.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Waddoups SB0253 55 15 57.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Waddoups SB0218 60 14 62.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Waddoups SB0064S01 63 8 77.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Waddoups SB0253 22 2 83.3% Senate/ pass 3rd

Sen. Waddoups's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Waddoups 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
2012 Waddoups SJR010 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Waddoups SJR010 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2012 Waddoups SB0050 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Waddoups SB0050 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2012 Waddoups SB0050 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 Waddoups SB0251 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Waddoups SB0251 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Waddoups SB0251 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Waddoups SB0218 26 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2010 Waddoups SB0218 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading