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Sen. Patty Murray

Assistant Senate Majority Leader and Senator for Washington

pronounced PA-tee // MER-ee

Murray is the senior senator from Washington and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 5, 1993. Murray is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

She is also Assistant Senate Majority Leader, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.

Photo of Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Murray.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Murray is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Murray has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to May 12, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Patty Murray sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Murray was the primary sponsor of 34 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 34 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Murray sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (33%) Health (21%) Education (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Agriculture and Food (5%) Immigration (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Murray recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

As Assistant Senate Majority Leader, Murray may be focused on her responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting her party, and brokering deals.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Murray voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

Murray voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 60/38 on Jun 24, 2015.

This was the Senate's final vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally …

Murray voted Yea

Bill Passed 62/37 on May 22, 2015.

This vote turned what was a bill regarding administrative appeals of IRS determinations into the Trade Act of 2015, which included Trade Promotion Authority for …

Murray voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Murray voted Nay

Murray voted Nay

Bill Passed 86/12 on Feb 15, 2011.

Murray voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Missed Votes

From Feb 1993 to May 2022, Murray missed 234 of 9,900 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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