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Representative Mark A. Wheatley
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2022
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2022: 18
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2022: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Mark A. Wheatley'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. Wheatley's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 3456789101112131415161718
Years comparison LowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Wheatley 2231111633343555
Chamber average
Difference -4.1-4.1-2.9-5.1-5.3-5.4-4.8-0.4-3.7-4.0-3.7-3.1-4.3-2.3-1.6-2.1
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Wheatley's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 2231111633343555
Bills passed 0120011221112211
Passage rate 0.0%50%67%0.0%0.0%100%100%33%67%33%33%25%67%40%20%20%
Chamber average 51%53%60%61%55%54%66%52%63%54%61%53%63%58%60%58%
Difference -50.6-2.8+7.1-60.9-55.0+46+34-19.2+4.0-20.5-28.4-28.4+3.5-17.6-39.8-38.2
Comparison LowerLower====LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 0010000000000110
Chamber average
Difference -3.1-3.2-1.8-2.8-3.3-3.1-3.5-3.5-3.8-3.3-3.6-3.4-3.4-2.1-2.1-3.0
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 4339161628423314543941363771225
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734752698666711
Absentee rate 7.1%6.3%2.7%2.6%4.3%6.5%5.0%2.1%7.7%5.9%5.6%4.9%4.9%1.0%1.8%3.5%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%5.7%5.9%6.2%6.3%6.4%5.2%8.0%6.4%7.1%6.1%5.7%
Difference -1.2-2.0-3.3-4.2-2.8+0.8-0.9-4.1+1.4-0.5+0.4-3.1-1.5-6.1-4.3-2.2
Comparison ====LowerLowerLower====Lower==========LowerLowerLower
"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 685071591027664477073886762456952
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734752698666711
"Nay" rate 11%8.1%12%9.6%16%12%9.7%7.1%10%11%12%9.1%8.2%6.4%10%7.3%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%7.8%7.3%7.5%8.6%7.3%7.1%6.5%6.5%7.0%7.7%6.5%
Difference +3.8+2.1+3.9+2.2+7.6+4.2+2.4-0.4+1.4+3.7+4.9+2.6+1.7-0.6+2.3+0.8
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher==
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 44%51%54%51%41%49%50%66%58%58%50%60%48%64%39%60%
Chamber average 67%69%66%69%69%67%67%67%67%66%67%66%68%67%66%67%
Difference -22.7-18.0-12.5-17.8-28.5-18.6-16.5-1.3-9.3-8.6-17.3-5.9-20.6-2.8-27.3-7.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLower
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.
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Wheatley 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) 97%97%96%97%96%96%96%97%97%97%97%98%98%98%97%97%
Chamber average 95%95%94%95%94%94%95%94%94%95%95%94%95%95%94%95%
Difference +2.3+1.1+1.2+2.1+1.8+1.2+1.3+3.3+3.6+2.3+2.5+4.3+2.5+3.0+3.3+1.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==Higher
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) 89%82%82%88%91%85%86%79%84%84%88%91%89%85%87%85%
Chamber average 79%82%81%84%85%83%81%80%82%85%87%83%85%83%85%84%
Difference +9.6-0.2+0.5+4.1+5.7+1.8+5.1-1.3+2.0-1.1+0.8+7.8+4.2+1.1+2.7+0.6
Comparison Higher====HigherHigher==Higher========HigherHigher======

Votes on Rep. Wheatley's bills

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

Rep. Wheatley's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Wheatley 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
2022 Wheatley HB0072S01 35 39 5.4% House/ failed
2021 Wheatley HB0283S04 39 29 15% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Wheatley HB0349 42 23 29% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Wheatley HB0072 25 47 31% House/ failed
2007 Wheatley HB0106 48 22 37% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Wheatley HJR020 21 47 38% House/ failed
2014 Wheatley HB0072 46 19 42% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Wheatley HJR001S02 51 19 46% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Wheatley HB0153S02 56 19 49% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Wheatley HB0099 19 6 52% Senate/ pass 2nd

Rep. Wheatley's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Wheatley 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 Wheatley HB0260S02 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Wheatley HB0064S01 27 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2021 Wheatley HB0064S01 19 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2021 Wheatley HB0064S01 70 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Wheatley HB0349 28 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Wheatley HB0216 23 0 100% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Wheatley HB0216 24 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Wheatley HB0216 72 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Wheatley HB0344 25 0 100% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Wheatley HB0344 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading