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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: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 8
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 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

20092010201120122017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H69H69H69H69H69H69H69H69
  Party DDDDRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneCaucusMgrCaucusMgrNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345678
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====HigherHigher
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Watkins 5761207106
Chamber average 5.96.16.36.46.77.17.37.3
Difference -0.9+0.9-0.3+5.6-6.7-0.1+2.7-1.3
Comparison ======HigherHigherLowerLower==HigherLower
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
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 5761207106
Bills passed 25380453
Passage rate 40.0%71.4%50.0%66.7%0.0%57.1%50.0%50.0%
Chamber average 59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -19.9+10.5-5.0+12.4-61.4+3.7-13.5-7.6
Comparison LowerHigher==HigherLowerLowerLower==Lower==
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
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 34334151
Chamber average 2.82.83.33.13.63.43.43.1
Difference +0.2+1.2-0.3-0.1+0.4-2.4+1.6-2.1
Comparison ==Higher======LowerHigherLower
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
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 615312021312330
Total votes held 600614651651727734752698
Absentee rate 1.0%2.4%4.8%3.1%2.9%4.2%3.1%4.3%
Chamber average 6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%
Difference -5.0-4.4-2.3-2.6-2.3-3.8-3.3-2.8
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLower
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
"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 7051815835363049
Total votes held 600614651651727734752698
"Nay" rate 11.7%8.3%12.4%8.9%4.8%4.9%4.0%7.0%
Chamber average 8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%
Difference +3.6+0.9+4.0+1.1-2.3-1.6-2.5+0.0
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherLowerLowerLower==
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
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 54.8%64.0%48.6%63.9%76.8%80.6%83.8%71.2%
Chamber average 66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
Difference -11.7-5.0-20.5-3.6+10.0+14.3+15.5+4.2
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
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 31.542.543.028.0nananana
Chamber average 55.260.868.557.3nananana
Difference -23.7-18.3-25.5-29.3nananana
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowernananana
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
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 -65.8-63.6-65.8-63.127.32.829.335.8
Chamber average 3.9-4.90.99.120.79.816.117.4
Difference -69.7-58.7-66.7-72.2+6.6-7.0+13.2+18.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower========
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
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) 95.6%93.8%92.4%94.7%95.2%95.7%96.7%93.6%
Chamber average 94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
Difference +1.3-0.9-1.3+0.4+0.3+1.9+1.3-1.2
Comparison HigherLowerLower======HigherLower
 
20092010201120122017201820192020
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) 82.7%66.2%69.4%71.1%83.0%76.4%84.1%71.4%
Chamber average 81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
Difference +1.3-18.1-15.7-11.6-4.1-6.6-0.5-12.1
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==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 18.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Watkins HB0098 50 24 35.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Watkins HB0098 19 8 40.7% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Watkins HB0243 18 57 52.0% House/ substitute adoption failed from # 0 to # 1
2019 Watkins HB0243 20 6 53.8% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Watkins HB0243 58 16 56.8% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Watkins HB0078S01 62 11 69.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Watkins HB0246 62 11 69.9% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Watkins HCR015 65 6 83.1% 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
2020 Watkins HB0365S03 72 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2020 Watkins HB0365S03 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Watkins HB0365S03 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Watkins HB0137S01 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Watkins HB0137S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Watkins HB0137S01 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Watkins HB0129 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Watkins HB0129 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Watkins HB0129 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Watkins HB0276 69 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment