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Sen. Christopher Murphy’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Connecticut
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Murphy’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Murphy’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 1025: Helping Communities Rebuild After Deadly ...; S. 1253: Lower Farmington River and Salmon ...; S. 1361: World War II Merchant Mariner ...; S. 1424: Supreme Court Ethics Act of ...; S. 1713: Child Care Flex Spending Act ...; S. 1969: College Affordability and Innovation Act ...; S. 2211: At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act ...; S. 2271: A bill to establish the ...; S. 2303: United States Coast Guard Commemorative ...; S. 2497: Angel Tax Credit Act; S. 2498: HALOS Act; S. 2659: Honor Flight Act; S. 2840: Billy’s Law; S.J.Res. 41: A joint resolution approving the ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (82nd percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Ranked the 5th bottom follower compared to Senate Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (35th percentile); Senate Democrats (8th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Got the 5th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Murphy’s bills and resolutions had 72 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (35th percentile); Senate Democrats (8th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Held the 7th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

Murphy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (35th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murphy introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S.Res. 319: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 520: A resolution condemning the downing ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (53rd percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Murphy introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (21st percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 13th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

3 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 2054: Stop Child Abuse in Residential ...; S. 2993: Students Before Profits Act; S.Res. 319: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 18th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 242 bills that Murphy cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked 20th most liberal compared to All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (24th percentile); Senate Democrats (34th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Murphy missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (29th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Murphy tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 28% of Murphy’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (29th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Murphy cosponsored 242 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (65th percentile); Senate Democrats (51st percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murphy introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S.J.Res. 41: A joint resolution approving the ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murphy supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murphy 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murphy cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (24th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.