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.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Murray.
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 Jun 16, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Patty Murray sits on the following committees:
Murray was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1199 (116th): Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019
- S. 323 (116th): Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act
- S. 318 (116th): VA Newborn Emergency Treatment Act
- S. 2046 (115th): Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017
- S. 2880 (114th): Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2016
- S. 2503 (114th): Preventing Superbugs and Protecting Patients Act
- S. 991 (114th): Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2015
Does 31 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).
Murray sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Murray’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2128: A bill to ensure the humane treatment of pregnant women by reinstating the ...
- S. 2018: A bill to require the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information ...
- S. 1965: A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve long-term care ...
- S. 1958: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the program ...
- S. 1927: CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2021
- S. 1834: Improving Training for School Food Service Workers Act of 2021
- S. 1831: A bill to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to ...
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.
From Feb 1993 to Jun 2021, Murray missed 219 of 9,437 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.6% 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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