Legislators vary widely in how many bills that sponsor in the Utah Legislature. Before we proceed, let’s clarify what “sponsoring” and “floor sponsoring” mean:
- Sponsoring. This means the legislator came up with the idea for the bill and had it initially introduced into his or her chamber.
- Floor sponsoring. After a sponsor gets a bill passed through his or her own chamber, he recruits a floor sponsor to carry it through the other chamber.
For purposes of this post, I’m only looking at sponsorship, not floor sponsorship. Some legislators don’t sponsor any bills; others sponsor an immense number.
Here are some quick tables for the curious. First, we’ll look at which legislators introduced the most bills. Then, we’ll look at which legislators passed the most bills. Then, we’ll look at which legislators were most effective at getting their bills passed(i.e. the percentage of introduced bills that came were passed).
Most bills introduced
The following table lists the top 10 bill sponsors for each chamber in 2013.
|Utah House||Introduced||Utah Senate||Introduced|
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Most bills passed
Now let’s look at which legislators passed the most bills. By “passed,” I just mean it got through the Legislature; I don’t consider here whether the governor signed it. In the Utah House rankings, there was a seven-way tie for eighth place, including Hall, Ivory, Wilson, Noel, Brown, Bird, and Ray.
|Utah House||Passed||Utah Senate||Passed|
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Effectiveness at passing bills
If you compare the two preceding tables, you’ll notice some major differences. In the House, for example, Rep. Kraig Powell appears at the top of the first table but doesn’t appear at all in the second after passing only 5 of his 16 introduced bills.
Just for fun, let’s look at each legislator’s effectiveness at getting bills passed–that is, the percentage of each legislator’s bills that actually passed. It wouldn’t make much sense to calculate these percentages for legislators who introduced only 1 or 2 bills, since a rate of 100% would be a bit misleading in those cases. I’ll calculate them only for legislators who introduced at least 5 bills. That leaves us with 40 (of 75) Representatives and 24 (of 29) Senators.
The table below gives the top 10 and bottom 10 in the House. Where there are ties–and there is a nine-way tie in the top 10–I sort them by number of bills passed. Are legislators are Republicans unless noted.
|Representative||Passage rate||Bills passed|
|Dunnigan||100%||15 of 15|
|Wilson||100%||7 of 7|
|Ivory||100%||7 of 7|
|Hall||100%||7 of 7|
|Wilcox||100%||6 of 6|
|Redd||100%||5 of 5|
|Last||100%||5 of 5|
|Ipson||100%||5 of 5|
|Barlow||100%||5 of 5|
|Dee||93%||13 of 14|
|Ray||54%||7 of 13|
|Christensen||50%||4 of 8|
|Hutchings||46%||5 of 11|
|McCay||38%||3 of 8|
|Briscoe (D)||33%||2 of 6|
|Chavez-Houck (D)||33%||2 of 6|
|Powell||31%||5 of 16|
|Greene||29%||2 of 7|
|Nielson||27%||3 of 11|
|King (D)||0%||0 of 7|
Since the Senate has fewer members, I’ll give only the top 5 and bottom 5:
|Senator||Passage rate||Bills passed|
|Stevenson, J||100%||13 of 13|
|Henderson||100%||6 of 6|
|Van Tassell||92%||11 of 12|
|Bramble||90%||18 of 20|
|Hinkins||90%||9 of 10|
|Reid||50%||4 of 8|
|Valentine||50%||10 of 20|
|Robles (D)||39%||5 of 13|
|Urquhart||39%||5 of 13|
|Okerlund||33%||4 of 12|
Make of it what you will.
Thank you for this interesting data collection. Some evaluations are not completely accurate, however, just because of the nature of legislation. Example: 3 of my bills that were technically not listed as passed bills, did however, pass. One was added to one of Sen Valentine’s bill as an amendment. One was so similar to Sen Stephenson’s education bill that we combined bills – and he carried it since he is on the Education Cmte. One bill did not need legislation afterall as its purpose was accomplished through the appropriations process. Just some sideline info – fyi.