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Representative Steve Waldrip
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2019
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 2
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Steve Waldrip'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. Waldrip's statistical profile

20192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouse
  District H8H8
  Party RR
Leadership NoneNone
Years in chamber 12
Years comparison LowerLower
 
20192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Waldrip 58
Chamber average 7.37.3
Difference -2.3+0.7
Comparison Lower==
 
20192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Waldrip's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 58
Bills passed 45
Passage rate 80.0%62.5%
Chamber average 63.5%57.6%
Difference +16.5+4.9
Comparison Higher==
 
20192020
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 11
Chamber average 3.43.1
Difference -2.4-2.1
Comparison LowerLower
 
20192020
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 2751
Total votes held 752698
Absentee rate 3.6%7.3%
Chamber average 6.4%7.1%
Difference -2.8+0.2
Comparison Lower==
 
20192020
"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 2934
Total votes held 752698
"Nay" rate 3.9%4.9%
Chamber average 6.5%7.0%
Difference -2.6-2.1
Comparison LowerLower
 
20192020
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 69.7%69.9%
Chamber average 68.3%67.0%
Difference +1.4+2.9
Comparison ====
 
20192020
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.
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Chamber average nana
Difference nana
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20192020
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 -3.2-3.5
Chamber average 16.117.4
Difference -19.3-20.9
Comparison LowerLower
 
20192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Waldrip 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) 95.0%93.5%
Chamber average 95.4%94.8%
Difference -0.4-1.3
Comparison ==Lower
 
20192020
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) 63.4%59.0%
Chamber average 84.6%83.5%
Difference -21.2-24.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Waldrip's bills

Only 11 bills sponsored by Rep. Waldrip have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Waldrip sponsored. The votes are sorted by vote margin, with the most divisive votes listed first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2020 Waldrip HB0114S04 38 33 7.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Waldrip HB0114S04 39 31 11.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Waldrip HB0350S02 11 17 21.4% Senate/ failed
2020 Waldrip HB0255S04 68 4 88.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Waldrip HB0306 68 3 91.5% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Waldrip HB0255S04 68 3 91.5% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Waldrip HB0306 71 3 91.9% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Waldrip HB0350S02 67 2 94.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Waldrip HB0086 71 1 97.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Waldrip HB0393 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension