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Representative Raymond P. Ward
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2015
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 6
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Raymond P. Ward'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. Ward's statistical profile

201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H19H19H19H19H19H19
  Party RRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====
 
201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Ward 2689109
Chamber average 6.77.06.77.17.37.3
Difference -4.7-1.0+1.3+1.9+2.7+1.7
Comparison LowerLower====HigherHigherHigher
 
201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Ward's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 2689109
Bills passed 112274
Passage rate 50.0%16.7%25.0%22.2%70.0%44.4%
Chamber average 63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -13.0-36.8-36.4-31.2+6.5-13.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Lower
 
201520162017201820192020
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 003211
Chamber average 3.83.33.63.43.43.1
Difference -3.8-3.3-0.6-1.4-2.4-2.1
Comparison LowerLower==LowerLowerLower
 
201520162017201820192020
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 132013252526
Total votes held 699657727734752698
Absentee rate 1.9%3.0%1.8%3.4%3.3%3.7%
Chamber average 6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -4.4-3.4-3.4-4.6-3.1-3.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201520162017201820192020
"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 403535232824
Total votes held 699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 5.7%5.3%4.8%3.1%3.7%3.4%
Chamber average 8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference -2.9-2.0-2.3-3.4-2.8-3.6
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201520162017201820192020
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 72.4%63.5%73.3%78.1%83.5%76.2%
Chamber average 67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference +5.1-2.7+6.5+11.8+15.2+9.2
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201520162017201820192020
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 nananananana
Chamber average nananananana
Difference nananananana
Comparison nananananana
 
201520162017201820192020
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 -0.3-3.48.4-9.70.46.9
Chamber average 19.025.220.79.816.117.4
Difference -19.3-28.6-12.3-19.5-15.7-10.5
Comparison LowerLower==Lower====
 
201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Ward 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) 93.4%93.7%94.9%96.9%96.1%95.2%
Chamber average 93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference -0.4-0.9-0.0+3.1+0.7+0.4
Comparison ==Lower========
 
201520162017201820192020
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) 65.9%61.4%71.4%73.5%67.9%66.7%
Chamber average 81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference -16.0-24.0-15.7-9.5-16.7-16.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Rep. Ward's bills

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

Rep. Ward's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Ward 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
2020 Ward HB0209S01 40 35 6.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Ward HB0260S01 39 32 9.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Ward HB0260S01 15 11 15.4% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2017 Ward HB0090S02 41 29 17.1% House/ circled
2019 Ward HB0120S06 45 27 25.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Ward HB0260S01 9 18 33.3% Senate/ failed
2019 Ward HB0120S06 45 22 34.3% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2017 Ward HB0189 46 21 37.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ward HB0209S01 48 20 41.2% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2018 Ward HB0012 53 21 43.2% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Ward's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Ward 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 Ward HB0274S03 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ward HB0274S03 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Ward HB0274S03 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ward HB0214S01 70 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Ward HB0214S01 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ward HB0214S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Ward HB0214S01 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ward HB0209S01 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Ward HB0209S01 21 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Ward HB0087S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading