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Sen. Christopher Murphy’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Murphy’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Wrote the 3rd fewest laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

Murphy introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 3265: Weir Farm National Historical Park ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (9th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murphy introduced 5 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 704: European Energy Security and Diversification ...; S. 3265: Weir Farm National Historical Park ...; S.Res. 205: A resolution expressing the gratitude ...; S.Res. 396: A resolution designating October 2019 ...; S.Res. 716: A resolution designating the week ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Murphy’s 48 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Murphy caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked the 12th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Was 17th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Murphy missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Ranked 21st most politically left 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 25th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 465 bills that Murphy cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Murphy introduced 48 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 42: Background Check Expansion Act; S. 246: A bill to block the ...; S. 3379: A bill to block the ...; S. 4924: Keeping All Students Safe Act; S.Res. 110: A resolution keeping guns out ...; S.Res. 338: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 716: A resolution designating the week ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 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. 246: A bill to block the ...; S. 393: Supreme Court Ethics Act; S. 509: United States Coast Guard Commemorative ...; S. 704: European Energy Security and Diversification ...; S. 2230: Child Care Flex Spending Act ...; S. 3265: Weir Farm National Historical Park ...; S. 3336: Last Green Valley National Heritage ...; S. 3379: A bill to block the ...; S. 3568: Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act ...; S. 3664: Inspectors General Independence Act of ...; S. 3697: SNAP COVID-19 Anti-Hunger Restaurant Relief ...; S. 3909: Law Enforcement Identification Act; S. 4100: Supporting Children with Disabilities During ...; S. 4418: 21st Century Buy American Act; S. 4421: TREAT Act; S. 4924: Keeping All Students Safe Act; S. 5059: PAST Act; S.Res. 110: A resolution keeping guns out ...; S.Res. 360: A resolution affirming the importance ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (37th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Murphy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 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 (52nd percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Murphy cosponsored 465 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 (28th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Murphy’s bills and resolutions had 329 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (30th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.