Murphy was the representative for New York’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1980.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1972.
Murphy is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Murphy sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Murphy was the primary sponsor of 68 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 6665 (96th): Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships
- H.R. 6554 (96th): Maritime Appropriation Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 1981
- H.R. 5451 (96th): Maritime Education and Training Act of 1979
- H.R. 3748 (96th): A bill to provide for a uniform national three-year statute of limitations in actions to recover damages for personal injury or death, arising out of a maritime …
- H.J.Res. 551 (96th): A joint resolution authorizing and requesting the President of the United States to issue a proclamation designating the seven calendar days beginning October 5, 1980, as “National …
- H.R. 6613 (96th): Maritime Labor Agreements Act of 1980
- H.R. 6666 (96th): A bill to revise the laws relating to the Coast Guard Reserve.
Does 68 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Murphy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (19%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) International Affairs (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Environmental Protection (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Education (8%)
Some of Murphy’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8239 (96th): A bill to amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to …
- H.R. 8218 (96th): A bill relating to the effective date of the amendment contained in …
- H.R. 7587 (96th): A bill to repeal section 506 of the Communications Act of 1934.
- H.R. 7395 (96th): A bill to amend the Act to authorize appropriations for the fiscal …
- H.R. 7386 (96th): A bill to amend title VI of the Federal Land Policy and …
- H.J.Res. 551 (96th): A joint resolution authorizing and requesting the President of the United States …
- H.R. 7191 (96th): A bill to establish the Snug Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.
From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Murphy missed 1,722 of 7,362 roll call votes, which is 23.4%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills