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Senator Todd Weiler
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2012
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 0
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 9

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Sen. Todd Weiler'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. Weiler's statistical profile

201220132014201520162017201820192020
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber SenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenateSenate
  District S23S23S23S23S23S23S23S23S23
  Party RRRRRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456789
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLower========
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Weiler 82419292919212030
Chamber average 9.810.810.611.410.110.69.610.29.7
Difference -1.8+13.2+8.4+17.6+18.9+8.4+11.4+9.8+20.3
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Sen. Weiler's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 82419292919212030
Bills passed 81914201917171516
Passage rate 100.0%79.2%73.7%69.0%65.5%89.5%81.0%75.0%53.3%
Chamber average 71.7%65.4%69.7%68.2%67.6%73.7%83.3%78.4%70.5%
Difference +28.3+13.8+4.0+0.8-2.1+15.8-2.3-3.4-17.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigher======Higher====Lower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 171723322735433938
Chamber average 11.811.111.512.312.813.414.213.613.3
Difference +5.2+5.9+11.5+19.7+14.2+21.6+28.8+25.4+24.7
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 213732413141443624
Total votes held 890940840951860913926975910
Absentee rate 2.4%3.9%3.8%4.3%3.6%4.5%4.8%3.7%2.6%
Chamber average 9.9%11.1%11.5%11.7%14.0%10.4%13.1%11.2%11.5%
Difference -7.5-7.2-7.7-7.4-10.4-5.9-8.3-7.5-8.9
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
"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 34258201720221710
Total votes held 890940840951860913926975910
"Nay" rate 3.8%2.7%1.0%2.1%2.0%2.2%2.4%1.7%1.1%
Chamber average 4.8%3.7%3.6%4.8%3.7%2.8%3.2%2.7%2.5%
Difference -1.0-1.0-2.6-2.7-1.7-0.6-0.8-1.0-1.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLower
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 79.2%67.8%92.5%84.3%80.3%68.4%63.2%74.1%78.0%
Chamber average 70.5%68.6%67.3%68.5%66.8%67.9%68.2%70.2%70.9%
Difference +8.7-0.8+25.2+15.8+13.5+0.5-5.0+3.9+7.1
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Lower==Higher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 67.869.8nanananananana
Chamber average 59.264.3nanananananana
Difference +8.6+5.5nanananananana
Comparison HigherHighernanananananana
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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 51.345.530.818.359.546.92.348.531.4
Chamber average 32.124.932.626.235.725.423.741.634.7
Difference +19.2+20.6-1.8-7.9+23.8+21.5-21.4+6.9-3.3
Comparison ==Higher====HigherHigherLower====
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Sen. Weiler 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) 95.7%97.3%98.7%97.9%98.3%97.9%97.2%98.0%98.6%
Chamber average 96.5%97.0%96.7%95.9%97.1%97.8%97.3%98.1%98.2%
Difference -0.8+0.3+2.0+2.0+1.2+0.1-0.1-0.1+0.4
Comparison Lower==HigherHigherHigherHigher======Higher
 
201220132014201520162017201820192020
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) 78.1%83.7%92.5%82.1%92.5%83.6%72.3%82.2%77.8%
Chamber average 88.0%85.0%84.1%82.5%87.1%86.4%85.4%91.8%90.9%
Difference -9.9-1.3+8.4-0.4+5.4-2.8-13.1-9.6-13.1
Comparison LowerLower==Higher==HigherLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower

Votes on Sen. Weiler's bills

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

Sen. Weiler's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Weiler 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
2014 Weiler SB0097S03 35 37 2.8% House/ failed
2015 Weiler SB0085S02 11 12 4.3% Senate/ failed
2018 Weiler SB0201S01 12 14 7.7% Senate/ failed
2015 Weiler SB0293 31 38 10.1% House/ failed
2014 Weiler SJR003 16 13 10.3% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Weiler SB0097S03 31 40 12.7% House/ floor amendment failed
2018 Weiler SB0201S01 15 11 15.4% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2014 Weiler SB0196S01 44 28 22.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2013 Weiler SJR011S01 44 28 22.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Weiler SB0138S04 10 16 23.1% Senate/ failed

Sen. Weiler's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Sen. Weiler 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 Weiler SJR013 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Weiler SCR014 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Weiler SB0240 28 0 100.0% Senate/ concurs with House amendment
2020 Weiler SB0240 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Weiler SB0240 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Weiler SB0237 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Weiler SB0237 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Weiler SB0232 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Weiler SB0232 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Weiler SB0231 71 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading