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Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Murkowski’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murkowski introduced 14 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 91: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; S. 131: Alaska Mental Health Trust Land ...; S. 213: Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Act ...; S. 214: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 215: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 217: A bill to amend the ...; S. 269: A bill to provide for ...; S. 346: National Volcano Early Warning and ...; S. 724: A bill to amend the ...; S. 733: Sportsmen’s Act; S. 825: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium ...; S. 1460: Energy and Natural Resources Act ...; S.Res. 55: A resolution recognizing February 26, ...; S.Res. 261: A resolution recognizing the month ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th 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 149 bills that Murkowski cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Murkowski introduced 46 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 12th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Murkowski cosponsored 149 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 Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 8 others)

2 of Murkowski’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 346: National Volcano Early Warning and ...; S. 1460: Energy and Natural Resources Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (29th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Murkowski tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 9 of Murkowski’s 46 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Murkowski missed 2.5% of votes (8 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Murkowski’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); All Senators (73rd 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. 91: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; S. 125: Foreign Spill Protection Act of ...; S. 131: Alaska Mental Health Trust Land ...; S. 214: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 269: A bill to provide for ...; S. 825: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium ...; S. 1698: Settlement Trust Improvement Act of ...; S. 1787: National Geologic Mapping Act Reauthorization ...; S. 1956: A bill to authorize the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Murkowski’s bills and resolutions had 119 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (39th 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 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murkowski cosponsored S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (74th 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 Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murkowski introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 91: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.