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Representative Carl Wimmer
Utah legislator profile

Years served in the Utah legislature

First session in legislature: 2007
Most recent year of service for which data are available: 2011
Total sessions served in Utah House as of 2011: 5
Total sessions served in Utah Senate as of 2011: 0

How to read the statistical profile

I present a variety of statistics about Rep. Carl Wimmer'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. Wimmer's statistical profile

20072008200920102011
Service summary. Service prior to 2007 (if any) is not shown here. My database goes back only to 2007.
  Chamber HouseHouseHouseHouseHouse
  District H52H52H52H52H52
  Party RRRRR
Leadership NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Years in chamber 12345
Years comparison LowerLowerLowerLower==
 
20072008200920102011
Bills sponsored (learn more) Bills written and promoted by the legislator in his/her own chamber.
Introduced by Wimmer 49171415
Chamber average 6.16.15.96.16.3
Difference -2.1+2.9+11.1+7.9+8.7
Comparison LowerHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011
Bill passage rate (learn more). What percent of Rep. Wimmer's sponsored bills pass and are officially "enrolled"? (I ignore whether the governor signed or vetoted the bill.)
Bills introduced 49171415
Bills passed 26996
Passage rate 50.0%66.7%52.9%64.3%40.0%
Chamber average 50.6%52.8%59.9%60.9%55.0%
Difference -0.6+13.9-7.0+3.4-15.0
Comparison ==Higher====Lower
 
20072008200920102011
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 28452
Chamber average 3.13.22.82.83.3
Difference -1.1+4.8+1.2+2.2-1.3
Comparison ==HigherHigher==HigherLower
 
20072008200920102011
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 7544526562
Total votes held 602616600614651
Absentee rate 12.5%7.1%8.7%10.6%9.5%
Chamber average 8.3%8.3%6.0%6.8%7.1%
Difference +4.2-1.2+2.7+3.8+2.4
Comparison Higher==HigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011
"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 52707684115
Total votes held 602616600614651
"Nay" rate 8.6%11.4%12.7%13.7%17.7%
Chamber average 7.2%6.0%8.1%7.4%8.4%
Difference +1.4+5.4+4.6+6.3+9.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011
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 66.7%57.6%60.2%57.3%58.8%
Chamber average 66.5%68.9%66.5%69.0%69.1%
Difference +0.2-11.3-6.3-11.7-10.3
Comparison ==LowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011
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 79.582.875.081.091.7
Chamber average 56.946.655.260.868.5
Difference +22.6+36.2+19.8+20.2+23.2
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011
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 82.487.983.188.990.2
Chamber average 3.7-2.53.9-4.90.9
Difference +78.7+90.4+79.2+93.8+89.3
Comparison HigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigherHigher
 
20072008200920102011
Party support score (overall) (learn more). How consistently does Rep. Wimmer 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) 91.4%88.5%89.6%87.8%82.3%
Chamber average 94.5%95.4%94.3%94.7%93.7%
Difference -3.1-6.9-4.7-6.9-11.4
Comparison LowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLowerLower
 
20072008200920102011
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) 89.9%88.9%91.7%94.0%88.4%
Chamber average 79.3%81.7%81.4%84.3%85.1%
Difference +10.6+7.2+10.3+9.7+3.3
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Votes on Rep. Wimmer's bills

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

Rep. Wimmer's most divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Wimmer 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
2008 Wimmer HJR004 41 29 17.1% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Wimmer HB0191S01 44 28 22.2% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Wimmer HB0248 15 9 25.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2011 Wimmer HB0171S02 47 25 30.6% House/ passed 3rd reading
2011 Wimmer HB0219 47 24 32.4% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2010 Wimmer HB0067S01 16 7 39.1% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2009 Wimmer HB0100S02 19 8 40.7% Senate/ pass 2nd
2011 Wimmer HB0219 48 20 41.2% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2009 Wimmer HJR008S01 53 22 41.3% House/ passed 3rd reading
2009 Wimmer HJR008S01 21 8 44.8% Senate/ pass 2nd & 3rd (Suspension)

Rep. Wimmer's least divisive bills

Listed below are the 10 votes on bills sponsored by Rep. Wimmer 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
2010 Wimmer HB0207S01 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Wimmer HB0207S01 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Wimmer HB0207S01 74 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Wimmer HB0197S05 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Wimmer HB0195 26 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Wimmer HB0195 22 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd reading
2010 Wimmer HB0195 72 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading
2010 Wimmer HB0187S01 70 0 100.0% House/ concurs with Senate amendment
2010 Wimmer HB0187S01 27 0 100.0% Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension
2010 Wimmer HB0187S01 68 0 100.0% House/ passed 3rd reading