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Sen. Christopher Murphy’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Murphy’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Murphy tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 6 of Murphy’s 34 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Murphy’s bills and resolutions had 108 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Ranked 19th 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 24th most bills compared to All Senators

Murphy cosponsored 332 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 Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Was 22nd most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Murphy missed 0.6% of votes (3 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st least often compared to All Senators (tied with 10 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murphy introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 329: Lower Farmington River and Salmon ...; S.Res. 524: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (27th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 514: Promise Neighborhoods Authorization Act of ...; S. 516: Every Child Counts Act; S. 811: Supportive School Climate Act of ...; S. 1775: World War II Merchant Mariner ...; S.Res. 570: A resolution recognizing the importance ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (44th percentile); Senate Democrats (50th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (6th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 332 bills that Murphy cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (53rd percentile); Senate Democrats (34th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).

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


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 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. 26: American Jobs Matter Act of ...; S. 329: Lower Farmington River and Salmon ...; S. 811: Supportive School Climate Act of ...; S. 985: United States Coast Guard Commemorative ...; S. 1072: Supreme Court Ethics Act of ...; S. 1355: College Affordability and Innovation Act ...; S. 1600: Judicial Redress Act of 2015; S. 1775: World War II Merchant Mariner ...; S. 2098: Students Before Profits Act of ...; S. 2105: Help Find the Missing Act; S. 2167: 21st Century Buy American Act; S. 2575: Healthy Homes Tax Credit Act; S. 3168: Stronger Together School Diversity Act ...; S.Res. 29: A resolution condemning the terrorist ...; S.J.Res. 32: A joint resolution to provide ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murphy supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murphy 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murphy cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Murphy introduced 34 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murphy introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1600: Judicial Redress Act of 2015

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.