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Rep. Patrick Murphy’s 2016 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Murphy’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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; H.R. 4988: Protection of Social Security Benefits ...; H.R. 5463: SMASH Act; H.R. 5492: SMASH Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to Florida Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 388 bills that Murphy cosponsored, 37% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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 4th most often compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Murphy supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Murphy 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murphy cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to Florida Delegation

Murphy cosponsored 388 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 Florida Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 30th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 12 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Murphy’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murphy introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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

Murphy introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murphy introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Murphy’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: H.Res. 432: Expressing support for designating February ...; H.R. 456: Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education ...; H.R. 614: SAVE Act; H.R. 4117: TRUST Act of 2015

Compare to all Florida Delegation (59th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

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. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Murphy’s bills and resolutions had 306 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 »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (30th percentile); House Sophomores (32nd percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (30th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (37th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Murphy missed 3.5% of votes (46 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (52nd percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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.


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 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.