Sen. Christopher Murphy

Senator from Connecticut, Democrat

Murphy, a Democrat, has been the junior senator from Connecticut since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2018).

He was previously the representative for Connecticut's 5th congressional district (2007-2012).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Murphy has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Murphy is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Murphy for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Christopher Murphy sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Murphy sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) International Affairs (14%) Taxation (13%) Health (13%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Energy (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Murphy’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Nay S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2016, Murphy missed 7 of 1,159 roll call votes, which is 0.6%. This is better than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 31 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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