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Sen. Christopher Murphy’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from Connecticut
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Murphy’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Murphy’s 34 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Murphy caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murphy introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 617: Lower Farmington River and Salmon ...; S. 1326: American Innovation $1 Coin Act; S. 2399: American Innovation $1 Coin Act; S.Res. 602: A resolution supporting the agreement ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 835: Supreme Court Ethics Act of ...; S. 1406: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1739: BASIC Act; S. 1805: Century Farms Act of 2017; S. 1979: A bill to block the ...; S. 2196: 21st Century Buy American Act; S.J.Res. 40: A joint resolution to provide ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 318 bills that Murphy cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (17th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 10th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (19th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Murphy introduced 34 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (21st percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

4 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 699: Honor Our Commitment Act of ...; S. 1979: A bill to block the ...; S. 2009: Background Check Expansion Act; S. 3626: Keeping All Students Safe Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (17th percentile); All Senators (24th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Wrote the 23rd fewest laws compared to All Senators (tied with 13 others)

Murphy introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 1326: American Innovation $1 Coin Act; S. 2399: American Innovation $1 Coin Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (22nd 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.


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 7 others)

Murphy missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Murphy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, 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 Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Murphy cosponsored 318 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 Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Murphy’s bills and resolutions had 208 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murphy supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murphy 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murphy cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (45th percentile); All Senators (69th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.