Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Murkowski’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2017. The statitics were updated to correct a problem in the way we counted enacted laws.

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.

 

Ideology Score

2nd most liberal among 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 22nd most conservative out of 46
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Senate Republicans 2nd most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 47th most liberal out of 100
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

4th most bipartisan among Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 248 bills that Murkowski cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 10th most bipartisan out of 45 11
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 21st most bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

5th most bills among All Senators

Murkowski introduced 82 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 5th most bills out of 46 8
140 bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th most bills out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 5th most bills out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

6th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murkowski introduced 16 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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: North American Energy Security and ...; S. 2018: A bill to convey, without ...; S. 2046: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 2360: Omnibus Territories Act of 2015; S. 2421: A bill to provide for ...; S. 3068: Department of the Interior, Environment, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 5th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 46 0
36 bills View All
Senate Republicans 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 6th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

11th fewest cosponsors among Serving 10+ Years

Murkowski’s bills and resolutions had 190 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years 11th fewest cosponsors out of 46 11
989 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 22nd fewest cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 39th fewest cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Working with the House

13th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 1346: E-Prize Competition Pilot Program Act ...; S. 1358: Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act; S. 1590: Pregnancy Discrimination Amendment Act; S. 1849: Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of ...; S. 2046: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 2421: A bill to provide for ...; S. 3185: A bill to provide that ...; S. 3204: King Cove Road Land Exchange ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 18th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 46 1
40 bills View All
Senate Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 32nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

15th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

Murkowski cosponsored 248 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 46 74
426 bills View All
Senate Republicans 15th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 50th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

17th most absent among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Murkowski missed 4.2% of votes (21 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Murkowski’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 9th most absent out of 46 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators 17th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Leadership Score

19th worst score among Senate Republicans

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 17th worst score out of 46
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Senate Republicans 19th worst score out of 54
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All Senators 44th worst score out of 100
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Laws Enacted

14th most bills among All Senators; tied with 13 others

Murkowski introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 230: A bill to provide for ...; S. 1316: Point Spencer Land Conveyance Act; S. 1334: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing ...; S. 1645: Department of the Interior, Environment, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 10th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 46 0
14 View All
Senate Republicans 11th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 54 0
14 View All
All Senators 14th most bills (tied w/ 13) out of 100 0
14 View All

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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

20th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 3 others

Murkowski tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14 of Murkowski’s 82 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 46 0
49 bills View All
Senate Republicans 22nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 40th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

31st most bills among All Senators; tied with 6 others

6 of Murkowski’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 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; S. 2610: A bill to approve an ...; S.Res. 562: A resolution expressing support for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 19th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 46 0
19 bills View All
Senate Republicans 18th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 31st most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

29th least supportive among All Senators; tied with 15 others

GovTrack looked at whether Murkowski supported any of 22 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years 14th least supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 46 0
11 points View All
Senate Republicans 16th most supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators 29th least supportive (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Murkowski’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 7th highest score (tied w/ 22) out of 46 0
12 points View All
Senate Republicans 7th highest score (tied w/ 8) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 10th highest score (tied w/ 24) out of 100 0
16 points View All

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.

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 114th Congress) 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.