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Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Alaska
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Murkowski’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Murkowski’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 237 bills that Murkowski cosponsored, 62% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Murkowski introduced 49 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to Senate Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murkowski introduced 11 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 155: A bill to designate a ...; S. 156: Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg ...; S. 157: Denali National Park Improvement Act; S. 182: Anchorage Land Conveyance Act of ...; S. 235: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ...; S. 340: Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement ...; S. 545: Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of ...; S. 736: Alaska Subsistence Structure Protection Act ...; S. 1335: Sportsmen’s Act; S. 1574: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; S. 1971: NEWS Act of 2014

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Murkowski tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 12% of Murkowski’s 49 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (11th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 13th bottom follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


 

Was 13th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Murkowski missed 7.2% of votes (47 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Murkowski’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Murkowski held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Murkowski’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murkowski supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murkowski 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murkowski cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Murkowski’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 630: FAIR Act of 2013; S. 1273: FAIR Act of 2013; S. 1570: Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations ...; S. 1600: Critical Minerals Policy Act of ...; S. 1971: NEWS Act of 2014

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murkowski introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 157: Denali National Park Improvement Act; S. 235: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Murkowski’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. 14: Southeast Alaska Native Land Conveyance ...; S. 157: Denali National Park Improvement Act; S. 181: Niblack and Bokan Mountain Mining ...; S. 182: Anchorage Land Conveyance Act of ...; S. 235: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ...; S. 361: Prompt Notification of Short Sales ...; S. 366: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1570: Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations ...; S. 1609: Federal Submerged Lands Transportation Development ...; S. 2337: Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act; S. 2684: A bill to direct the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Murkowski cosponsored 237 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Murkowski’s bills and resolutions had 152 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (34th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.