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Rep. Patrick Murphy’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 18th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Murphy’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives 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 Murphy’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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

2nd highest % of bills among House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 73% of Murphy’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Florida Delegation 2nd highest % of bills out of 14 4
75% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 4th highest % of bills out of 20 19
77% of bills View All
House Sophomores the highest % of bills out of 36 8
73% of bills View All
House Democrats 2nd highest % of bills out of 92 0
75% of bills View All
All Representatives 11th highest % of bills out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

2nd most bipartisan among Florida Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 263 bills that Murphy cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Florida Delegation 2nd most bipartisan out of 27 9
65% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 10th most bipartisan out of 55 2
72% of bills View All
House Sophomores 9th most bipartisan out of 73 5
59% of bills View All
House Democrats 42nd most bipartisan out of 192 5
72% of bills View All
All Representatives 43rd most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

4th most absent among Competitive House Seats

Murphy missed 4.5% of votes (32 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Murphy’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Florida Delegation 7th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 27 0
11% missed votes View All
Competitive House Seats 4th most absent out of 55 0
8% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 12th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 73 0
23% missed votes View All
All Representatives 86th most absent (tied w/ 5) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

 

Bills Cosponsored

5th most bills among Competitive House Seats

Murphy cosponsored 263 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
Florida Delegation 5th most bills out of 27 83
540 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 5th most bills out of 55 59
381 bills View All
House Sophomores 18th most bills out of 73 87
480 bills View All
House Democrats 69th most bills out of 192 41
651 bills View All
All Representatives 77th most bills out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

4th most bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 3 others

4 of Murphy’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: H.Res. 432: Expressing support for designating February ...; H.R. 456: Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education ...; H.R. 614: SAVE Act; H.R. 4117: Tracking Reputations Upgrades Societal Trust ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 27 0
7 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 4th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 7th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats 28th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 192 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 61st most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

7th most liberal among Competitive House Seats

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 Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Florida Delegation 9th most liberal out of 27
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Competitive House Seats 7th most liberal out of 55
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House Sophomores 26th most liberal out of 73
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House Democrats 54th most conservative out of 192
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All Representatives 139th most liberal out of 440
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Government Transparency

6th most supportive among Competitive House Seats; tied with 5 others

GovTrack looked at whether Murphy supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Murphy 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Florida Delegation 3rd most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 27 0
8 points View All
Competitive House Seats 6th most supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 55 0
4 points View All
House Sophomores 16th most supportive (tied w/ 12) out of 73 0
6 points View All
House Democrats 60th least supportive (tied w/ 66) out of 192 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 79th most supportive (tied w/ 77) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Cosponsors

10th most cosponsors among Competitive House Seats

Murphy’s bills and resolutions had 252 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Florida Delegation 9th most cosponsors out of 27 0
464 cosponsors View All
Competitive House Seats 10th most cosponsors out of 55 0
695 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 19th most cosponsors out of 73 1
1,020 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 56th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 192 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 118th most cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Working with the Senate

7th most bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 7 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 230: To amend the Water Resources ...; H.R. 231: To amend the Water Resources ...; H.R. 2276: Seismic Moratorium Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 27 0
5 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 7th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 11th most bills (tied w/ 13) out of 73 0
7 bills View All
House Democrats 29th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 192 0
9 bills View All
All Representatives 67th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

17th most bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 3 others

Murphy introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 14th fewest bills out of 27 3
54 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 17th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 55 2
27 bills View All
House Sophomores 31st most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 73 1
39 bills View All
House Democrats 81st most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 192 1
65 bills View All
All Representatives 178th most bills (tied w/ 19) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

41st best score among House Democrats

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 Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Florida Delegation 13th best score out of 27
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Competitive House Seats 16th best score out of 55
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House Sophomores 21st best score out of 73
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House Democrats 41st best score out of 192
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All Representatives 152nd best score out of 440
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Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murphy introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 14 others out of 27 0
7 bills View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 30 others out of 55 0
5 bills View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 35 others out of 73 0
9 bills View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 126 others out of 192 0
5 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 203 others out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Murphy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, 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 Murphy’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Florida Delegation lowest score along with 11 others out of 27 0
5 points View All
Competitive House Seats lowest score along with 28 others out of 55 0
6 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 46 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 72 others out of 192 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 168 others out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Murphy introduced 0 bills 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 23 others out of 27 0
1 laws View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 44 others out of 55 0
2 laws View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 62 others out of 73 0
3 laws View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 163 others out of 192 0
2 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

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 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.