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Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Murkowski’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd 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 257 bills that Murkowski cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to Senate Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Murkowski supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murkowski 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murkowski cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Murkowski missed 3.0% of votes (18 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Murkowski’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Murkowski cosponsored 257 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 (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Murkowski introduced 8 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 91: Indian Employment, Training and Related ...; S. 214: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 215: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 724: A bill to amend the ...; S. 825: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium ...; S. 2325: Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce ...; S. 2503: Department of Energy Research and ...; S. 3673: Department of Energy Quantum Information ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (88th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murkowski introduced 23 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 884: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1149: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1460: Energy and Natural Resources Act ...; S. 1787: National Geologic Mapping Act Reauthorization ...; S. 2325: Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce ...; S. 2503: Department of Energy Research and ...; S. 3073: Department of the Interior, Environment, ...; S. 3673: Department of Energy Quantum Information ...; S.Res. 55: A resolution recognizing February 26, ...; S.Res. 261: A resolution recognizing the month ...; S.Res. 444: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...; S.Res. 608: A resolution designating August 16, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Murkowski introduced 57 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Got the 12th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Murkowski’s bills and resolutions had 215 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Murkowski’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 346: National Volcano Early Warning and ...; S. 1460: Energy and Natural Resources Act ...; S. 2503: Department of Energy Research and ...; S. 3422: Nuclear Energy Leadership Act; S. 3673: Department of Energy Quantum Information ...; S.Res. 444: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

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. 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. 1179: Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act; S. 1698: Settlement Trust Improvement Act of ...; S. 1787: National Geologic Mapping Act Reauthorization ...; S. 1956: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 2325: Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Murkowski’s 57 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Murkowski caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); All Senators (39th 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 (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (66th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (46th 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 115th Congress) 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.