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Senator Carlene M. Walker
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2001
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2008
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2008: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2008: 8

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Carlene M. Walker'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. Walker's statistical profile

20072008
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenate
  District S8S8
  Party RR
Leadership NoneNone
Years in chamber 78
Years comparison ==Higher
 
20072008
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Walker 128
Chamber average 9.69.8
Difference +2.4-1.8
Comparison HigherLower
 
20072008
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Walker's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 128
Bills passed 128
Passage rate 100.0%100.0%
Chamber average 62.5%68.0%
Difference +37.5+32.0
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008
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 1015
Chamber average 11.611.5
Difference -1.6+3.5
Comparison ==Higher
 
20072008
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 5655
Total votes held 820806
Absentee rate 6.8%6.8%
Chamber average 8.9%9.6%
Difference -2.1-2.8
Comparison ==Lower
 
20072008
"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 69
Total votes held 820806
"Nay" rate 0.7%1.1%
Chamber average 4.1%4.1%
Difference -3.4-3.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008
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 93.4%93.2%
Chamber average 69.8%69.1%
Difference +23.6+24.1
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008
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 60.856.0
Chamber average 57.750.0
Difference +3.1+6.0
Comparison ====
 
20072008
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 -7.926.7
Chamber average 0.45.5
Difference -8.3+21.2
Comparison ==Higher
 
20072008
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Walker 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) 98.3%98.7%
Chamber average 96.7%97.1%
Difference +1.6+1.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigher
 
20072008
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) 76.7%89.6%
Chamber average 83.4%84.8%
Difference -6.7+4.8
Comparison LowerHigher

Votes on Sen. Walker's bills

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

Sen. Walker's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Walker 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
2008 Walker SB0071S02 47 25 30.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Walker SB0030S01 45 21 36.4% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Walker SB0030S01 22 7 51.7% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Walker SB0071S02 19 5 58.3% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)
2007 Walker SB0020S02 58 14 61.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Walker SB0030S01 23 5 64.3% Senate/ concurs with House amendments
2008 Walker SB0071S02 24 5 65.5% Senate/ concurs with House amendments
2007 Walker SB0030S01 24 4 71.4% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Walker SB0020S03 21 3 75.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Walker SB0041S03 58 8 75.8% House/ passed 3rd reading

Sen. Walker's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Walker 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
2008 Walker SB0179 65 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Walker SB0179 28 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Walker SB0179 24 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Walker SB0132 26 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendments
2008 Walker SB0132 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Walker SB0132 26 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Walker SB0132 25 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2008 Walker SB0116 66 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Walker SB0116 28 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 3rd
2008 Walker SB0116 22 0 100.0% Senate/ pass 2nd