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Sen. Christopher Murphy

Senator for Connecticut

pronounced KRISS-tuh-fer // MER-fee

Murphy is the junior senator from Connecticut and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Murphy is next up for reelection in 2024.

He was previously the representative for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 2007 to 2012.

Photo of Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Murphy.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Murphy is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Murphy has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 10, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Christopher Murphy sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Murphy was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Murphy sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (24%) International Affairs (17%) Health (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Taxation (10%) Social Welfare (8%) Immigration (8%) Agriculture and Food (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Murphy’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Murphy voted Yea

Murphy voted No

Murphy voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Murphy voted Nay

Murphy voted No

Passed 386/41 on Jul 8, 2009.

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Murphy voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2019, Murphy missed 11 of 2,152 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: