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Representative John R. Westwood
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2013
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2018
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2018: 6
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2018: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. John R. Westwood'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. Westwood's statistical profile

201320142015201620172018
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H72H72H72H72H72H72
  Party RRRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 123456
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower====
 
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Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Westwood 205277
Chamber average 5.86.46.77.06.77.1
Difference -3.8-6.4-1.7-5.0+0.3-0.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower====
 
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Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Westwood's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 205277
Bills passed 104133
Passage rate 50.0%0.0%80.0%50.0%42.9%42.9%
Chamber average 65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%
Difference -15.8-52.2+17.0-3.5-18.5-10.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerHigher==LowerLower
 
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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 320140
Chamber average 3.53.53.83.33.63.4
Difference -0.5-1.5-3.8-2.3+0.4-3.4
Comparison ==LowerLowerLower==Lower
 
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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 nana62212
Total votes held 658664699657727734
Absentee rate 0.0%0.0%0.9%0.3%0.3%1.6%
Chamber average 5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%
Difference -5.9-6.2-5.4-6.1-4.9-6.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
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"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 325254454145
Total votes held 658664699657727734
"Nay" rate 4.9%7.8%7.7%6.8%5.6%6.1%
Chamber average 7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%
Difference -2.4+0.3-0.9-0.5-1.5-0.4
Comparison Lower======Lower==
 
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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 81.0%65.4%70.6%73.5%76.7%77.0%
Chamber average 66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%
Difference +14.5-1.7+3.3+7.3+9.9+10.7
Comparison HigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigher
 
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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 56.3nanananana
Chamber average 56.8nanananana
Difference -0.5nanananana
Comparison ==nanananana
 
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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 6.68.211.130.140.16.5
Chamber average 7.99.519.025.220.79.8
Difference -1.3-1.3-7.9+4.9+19.4-3.3
Comparison ========Higher==
 
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Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Westwood 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) 95.9%93.5%94.2%94.5%95.3%95.0%
Chamber average 94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%
Difference +1.2-0.6+0.4-0.1+0.4+1.2
Comparison Higher==========
 
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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) 74.0%69.1%75.8%84.4%89.4%75.3%
Chamber average 81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%
Difference -7.2-11.0-6.1-1.0+2.3-7.7
Comparison LowerLowerLower==HigherLower

Votes on Rep. Westwood's bills

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

Rep. Westwood's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Westwood 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 Westwood HB0057 41 32 12.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Westwood HB0042 27 46 26.0% House/ floor amendment failed
2018 Westwood HB0141 37 20 29.8% House/ floor amendment # 3
2015 Westwood HB0042 51 22 39.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Westwood HB0049S01 51 21 41.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Westwood HB0042 54 17 52.1% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2015 Westwood HB0179 56 16 55.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Westwood HB0277S01 58 11 68.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Westwood HB0057 22 4 69.2% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2017 Westwood HB0294S02 61 7 79.4% House/ passed 3rd reading

Rep. Westwood's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Westwood 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
2018 Westwood HB0223 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Westwood HB0223 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Westwood HB0223 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Westwood HB0215S01 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Westwood HB0141 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Westwood HB0141 67 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Westwood HB0065S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Westwood HB0065S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2018 Westwood HB0065S01 70 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2017 Westwood HCR007S01 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading