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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: 2020
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2020: 16
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2020: 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 HouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35H35
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 345678910111213141516
Years comparison LowerLower====HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Wheatley 22311116333435
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
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 22311116333435
Bills passed 01200112211122
Passage rate 0.0%50.0%66.7%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%33.3%66.7%33.3%33.3%25.0%66.7%40.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%54.3%65.8%52.2%63.0%53.5%61.4%53.4%63.5%57.6%
Difference -50.6-2.8+6.8-60.9-55.0+45.7+34.2-18.9+3.7-20.2-28.1-28.4+3.2-17.6
Comparison LowerLower====LowerLowerLowerLowerHigherHigherHigherHigherLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLower==Lower
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 00100000000001
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
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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 433916162842331454394136377
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734752698
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%
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%
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
Comparison ====LowerLowerLower====Lower==========Lower
"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 68507159102766447707388676245
Total votes held 602616600614651651658664699657727734752698
"Nay" rate 11.3%8.1%11.8%9.6%15.7%11.7%9.7%7.1%10.0%11.1%12.1%9.1%8.2%6.4%
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%
Difference +4.1+2.1+3.7+2.2+7.3+3.9+2.4-0.4+1.4+3.8+5.0+2.6+1.7-0.6
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher==
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 43.8%50.9%54.0%51.2%40.6%48.9%50.0%65.8%58.0%57.6%49.5%60.4%47.7%64.2%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%67.5%66.5%67.1%67.3%66.2%66.8%66.3%68.3%67.0%
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
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower==
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 24.825.
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.557.356.8nanananananana
Difference -32.1-21.6-31.0-28.8-29.2-30.7-38.6nanananananana
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowernanananananana
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 -81.4-73.6-67.9-82.8-80.6-76.6-84.9-68.7-67.1-64.5-76.5-87.1-72.0-65.1
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-
Difference -85.1-71.1-71.8-77.9-81.5-85.7-92.8-78.2-86.1-89.7-97.2-96.9-88.1-82.5
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
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) 96.8%96.5%95.5%96.8%95.5%95.5%96.0%97.4%97.4%96.9%97.4%98.1%97.9%97.8%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%94.3%94.7%94.1%93.8%94.6%94.9%93.8%95.4%94.8%
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
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
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) 88.9%81.5%81.9%88.4%90.8%84.5%86.3%78.8%83.9%84.3%87.9%90.8%88.8%84.6%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%82.7%81.2%80.1%81.9%85.4%87.1%83.0%84.6%83.5%
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
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
2020 Wheatley HB0349 42 23 29.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2014 Wheatley HB0072 25 47 30.6% House/ failed
2007 Wheatley HB0106 48 22 37.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Wheatley HJR020 21 47 38.2% House/ failed
2014 Wheatley HB0072 46 19 41.5% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2012 Wheatley HJR001S02 51 19 45.7% House/ passed 3rd reading
2015 Wheatley HB0153S02 56 19 49.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2008 Wheatley HB0099 19 6 52.0% Senate/ pass 2nd
2013 Wheatley HB0104 17 5 54.5% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2014 Wheatley HB0072 60 12 66.7% House/ passed 3rd reading

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
2020 Wheatley HB0349 28 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2020 Wheatley HB0216 23 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2020 Wheatley HB0216 24 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2020 Wheatley HB0216 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Wheatley HB0344 25 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2019 Wheatley HB0344 69 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Wheatley HB0065 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2019 Wheatley HB0065 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2019 Wheatley HB0065 75 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2018 Wheatley HB0378 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading