Rep. John Murtha

Former Representative from Pennsylvania’s 12th District, Democrat

Murtha, a Democrat, was the representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district from 1973 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. John Murtha [D-PA12, 1973-2010]

Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Murtha sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Murtha is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Murtha was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Murtha sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) International Affairs (14%) Law (14%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (10%) Education (10%) Labor and Employment (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Murtha’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Murtha’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
Nay H.R. 3058 (110th): Public Land Communities Transition Act of 2007
Jun 5, 2008. Failed 218/193.
Nay H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Feb 2010, Murtha missed 1,813 of 21,734 roll call votes, which is 8.3%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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