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Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 2015 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Murkowski’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Ranked 3rd 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

Murkowski introduced 61 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 152 bills that Murkowski cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murkowski introduced 12 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 147: Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act; S. 230: A bill to provide for ...; S. 405: Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015; S. 556: Sportsmen’s Act of 2015; S. 873: Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Act; S. 1334: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing ...; S. 1443: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; S. 1583: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 1645: Department of the Interior, Environment, ...; S. 2011: Offshore Production and Energizing National ...; S. 2012: Energy Policy Modernization Act of ...; S. 2046: A bill to authorize the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Republicans

Murkowski tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 15% of Murkowski’s 61 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (11th percentile); Senate Republicans (10th 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 6th bottom/follower compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Murkowski’s bills and resolutions had 101 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Was 17th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Murkowski missed 3.8% of votes (13 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Murkowski’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murkowski introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 230: A bill to provide for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (59th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Murkowski’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 371: A bill to remove a ...; S. 1590: Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act; S. 2056: National Volcano Early Warning and ...; S. 2360: Omnibus Territories Act of 2015

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (48th percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 230: A bill to provide for ...; S. 872: Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities ...; S. 1154: Subsistence Access Management Act of ...; S. 1312: Energy Supply and Distribution Act ...; S. 1316: Point Spencer Land Conveyance Act; S. 1358: Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act; S. 1590: Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act; S. 1849: Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of ...; S. 2421: A bill to provide for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

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


 

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 (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Murkowski cosponsored 152 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 (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murkowski supported any of 19 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. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.