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 unless re-elected.
She is also Assistant Senate Minority Leader, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2019 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 6, 2015 to Sep 29, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Patty Murray sits on the following committees:
Murray was the primary sponsor of 30 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1199: Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019
- S. 323: Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees 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
- S. 1031 (114th): WIOA Technical Amendments Act
Does 30 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. 4739: A bill to amend the Arms Export Control Act to provide for better ...
- S. 4740: A bill to support public health infrastructure.
- S. 4738: A bill to provide a right to flexibility and to broaden and increase ...
- S. 4363: Toxic Exposure Safety Act of 2020
- S. 4307: Protecting Benefits for Elderly Refugees and Refugees with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act of ...
- S. 4246: Protect Access to Birth Control Act
- S. 4253: Second Look at Drug Patents Act of 2020
As Assistant Senate Minority 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 Sep 2020, Murray missed 203 of 9,101 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% 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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