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Representative Christine F. Watkins
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2009
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 10
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Christine F. Watkins'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. Watkins's statistical profile

2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H69H69H69H69H69H69H69H69H69H69
  Party DDDDRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneCaucusMgrCaucusMgrNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678910
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Watkins 576120710696
Chamber average 5.96.16.36.46.77.17.37.36.67.1
Difference -0.9+0.9-0.3+5.6-6.7-0.1+2.7-1.3+2.4-1.1
Comparison ======HigherHigherLowerLower==HigherLowerHigher==
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Watkins's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 576120710696
Bills passed 2538045352
Passage rate 40%71%50%67%0.0%57%50%50%56%33%
Chamber average 60%61%55%54%61%53%63%58%60%58%
Difference -19.9+10-5.0+13-61.4+3.6-13.5-7.6-3.8-25.2
Comparison Lower====HigherLowerLowerLower==Lower====Lower
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
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 3433415144
Chamber average 2.82.83.33.13.63.43.43.13.13.0
Difference +0.2+1.2-0.3-0.1+0.4-2.4+1.6-2.1+0.9+1.0
Comparison ==Higher======LowerHigherLower====
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
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 6153120213123306026
Total votes held 600614651651727734752698666711
Absentee rate 1.0%2.4%4.8%3.1%2.9%4.2%3.1%4.3%9.0%3.7%
Chamber average 6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%6.1%5.7%
Difference -5.0-4.4-2.3-2.6-2.3-3.8-3.3-2.8+2.9-2.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower==Lower
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
"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 70518158353630494140
Total votes held 600614651651727734752698666711
"Nay" rate 12%8.3%12%8.9%4.8%4.9%4.0%7.0%6.2%5.6%
Chamber average 8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%7.7%6.5%
Difference +3.9+0.9+3.6+1.1-2.3-1.6-2.5+0.0-1.5-0.9
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherLowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
Winning side rate (learn more). What percentage of the time (excluding near-unanimous votes) is the legislator on the winning side of a floor vote?
Winning side rate 55%64%49%64%77%81%84%71%74%76%
Chamber average 66%69%69%67%67%66%68%67%66%67%
Difference -11.7-5.0-20.5-3.6+10+14+15+4.2+8.2+8.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
Ideology score (NOMINATE method) (learn more). Using W-NOMINATE algorithm developed by Congressional scholars, I calculate each legislator's relative ideology after each General Session. I describe the method here. Scores have no intrinsic meaning. They are only relative: A legislator with a higher score is to the right ideologically of a legislator with a lower scale. Scores may be compared only within a single chamber and a single year. In most years, a conservative Republican will have a score above 0; a score close to 100 is extreme.
Contact me for scores. They get misinterpreted often enough that I now provide them only to political scientists.
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Watkins 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%94%92%95%95%96%97%94%95%95%
Chamber average 94%95%94%94%95%94%95%95%94%95%
Difference +1.3-0.9-1.3+0.4+0.3+1.9+1.3-1.2+1.5-0.6
Comparison HigherLowerLower======HigherLower====
 
2009201020112012201720182019202020212022
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) 83%66%69%71%83%76%84%71%80%72%
Chamber average 81%84%85%83%87%83%85%83%85%84%
Difference +1.3-18.1-15.7-11.6-4.1-6.6-0.5-12.1-4.5-11.9
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower==LowerLower

Votes on Rep. Watkins's bills

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

Rep. Watkins's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Watkins 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
2018 Watkins HB0396S01 12 12 0.0% Senate/ failed
2019 Watkins HB0207S02 41 28 19% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Watkins HB0098 50 24 35% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Watkins HB0098 19 8 41% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Watkins HB0243 18 57 52% House/ substitute adoption failed from # 0 to # 1
2019 Watkins HB0243 20 6 54% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Watkins HB0243 58 16 57% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Watkins HB0188 56 13 62% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Watkins HJR007S03 58 13 63% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Watkins HB0078S01 62 11 70% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Watkins's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Watkins 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
2022 Watkins HB0292 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Watkins HB0292 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Watkins HB0166S01 22 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Watkins HB0166S01 26 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2022 Watkins HB0166S01 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2022 Watkins HB0064S02 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2021 Watkins HJR007S03 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2021 Watkins HB0188 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2021 Watkins HB0094S02 68 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Watkins HB0073S04 67 0 100% House/ concurs with Senate amendment