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Representative Richard W. Wheeler
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2005
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2007
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2007: 3
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2007: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Richard W. Wheeler'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. Wheeler's statistical profile

Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber House
  District H68
  Party R
Leadership None
Years in chamber 3
Years comparison Lower
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Wheeler 3
Chamber average 6.1
Difference -3.1
Comparison Lower
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Wheeler's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 3
Bills passed 3
Passage rate 100%
Chamber average 51%
Difference +49
Comparison HigherHigher
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 1
Chamber average 3.1
Difference -2.1
Comparison Lower
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 83
Total votes held 602
Absentee rate 14%
Chamber average 8.3%
Difference +5.7
Comparison Higher
"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 26
Total votes held 602
"Nay" rate 4.3%
Chamber average 7.2%
Difference -2.9
Comparison Lower
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 82%
Chamber average 67%
Difference +15
Comparison HigherHigher
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. Wheeler 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%
Chamber average 95%
Difference +1.3
Comparison 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) 79%
Chamber average 79%
Difference -0.2
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Votes on Rep. Wheeler's bills

Only 3 bills sponsored by Rep. Wheeler have come to a vote. Listed below are all votes held on bills that Rep. Wheeler sponsored. The votes are sorted by vote margin, with the most divisive votes listed first.

Year Sponsor Bill Ayes Nays Margin
(as % of total votes)
Type of vote
2007 Wheeler HB0048S01 70 5 87% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Wheeler HB0048S01 64 3 91% House/ concurs with Senate amendments
2007 Wheeler HB0048S01 23 1 92% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Wheeler HJR001S01 73 0 100% House/ concurs with Senate amendments
2007 Wheeler HJR001S01 27 0 100% Senate/ pass 3rd
2007 Wheeler HJR001S01 26 0 100% Senate/ pass 2nd
2007 Wheeler HJR001S01 73 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Wheeler HB0142S01 26 0 100% Senate/ pass 3rd
2007 Wheeler HB0142S01 69 0 100% House/ passed 3rd reading
2007 Wheeler HB0048S01 28 0 100% Senate/ pass 3rd