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Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Murkowski’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 most politically left 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th 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 330 bills that Murkowski cosponsored, 56% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Murkowski’s bills and resolutions had 485 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

11 of Murkowski’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 227: Savanna’s Act; S. 903: Nuclear Energy Leadership Act; S. 1317: American Mineral Security Act; S. 1857: Federal Energy and Water Management ...; S. 2541: Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations ...; S. 2556: PROTECT Act of 2019; S. 2657: Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act ...; S. 2786: Arctic Shipping Federal Advisory Committee ...; S.Res. 100: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...; S.Res. 212: A resolution celebrating the 100th ...; S.Res. 251: A resolution recognizing 2019 as ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 40 of Murkowski’s 58 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Murkowski caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked the 11th top leader compared to 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murkowski’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 12th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Murkowski cosponsored 330 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 Republicans (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 17th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murkowski introduced 21 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 47: John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, ...; S. 133: Merchant Mariners of World War ...; S. 224: A bill to provide for ...; S. 227: Savanna’s Act; S. 903: Nuclear Energy Leadership Act; S. 1317: American Mineral Security Act; S. 1857: Federal Energy and Water Management ...; S. 2399: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2556: PROTECT Act of 2019; S. 2580: Department of the Interior, Environment, ...; S. 2610: Tribal Energy Reauthorization Act; S. 2657: Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act ...; S. 2786: Arctic Shipping Federal Advisory Committee ...; S. 2799: NEWS Act of 2019; S. 3099: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium ...; S. 3100: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ...; S. 3948: A bill to amend the ...; S.Res. 100: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...; S.Res. 212: A resolution celebrating the 100th ...; S.Res. 565: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...; S.Res. 677: A resolution designating August 16, ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Was 18th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Murkowski missed 6.9% of votes (50 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Murkowski’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murkowski introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 47: John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, ...; S. 133: Merchant Mariners of World War ...; S. 227: Savanna’s Act; S. 2580: Department of the Interior, Environment, ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); All Senators (57th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Murkowski introduced 58 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 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. 126: Native American Millennium Challenge Demonstration ...; S. 133: Merchant Mariners of World War ...; S. 224: A bill to provide for ...; S. 903: Nuclear Energy Leadership Act; S. 1177: SEAL Act; S. 2459: Justice for Servicemembers Act; S. 2533: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2879: Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and ...; S. 3615: Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Extension ...; S. 3948: A bill to amend the ...; S. 4333: Tribal Economic Development Act of ...; S. 4696: University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation ...; S. 4891: Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities ...; S.Res. 100: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...; S.Res. 565: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (51st 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 (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.