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Sen. Patty Murray’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Washington
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Murray’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Murray’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Of the 258 bills that Murray cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (2nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (5th percentile); Senate Democrats (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 8th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Murray supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murray 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murray cosponsored S. 994: DATA Act; S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 14th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Murray tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 26% of Murray’s 54 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (25th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 13th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

3 of Murray’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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: S. 665: Protecting America’s Workers Act; S. 1356: Workforce Investment Act of 2013; S. 1719: Poison Center Network Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 17th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murray introduced 10 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 112: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and ...; S. 131: Women Veterans and Other Health ...; S. 383: A bill to amend the ...; S. 404: Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection ...; S. 1243: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...; S. 1356: Workforce Investment Act of 2013; S. 1719: Poison Center Network Act; S. 2438: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...; S. 2578: Protect Women’s Health From Corporate ...; S.Con.Res. 8: An original concurrent resolution setting ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (66th percentile); Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Introduced the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Murray introduced 54 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 of Murray’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. 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: S. 112: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and ...; S. 383: A bill to amend the ...; S. 404: Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection ...; S. 1159: Freedom from Discrimination in Credit ...; S. 1719: Poison Center Network Act; S. 1880: A bill to provide that ...; S. 1949: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild ...; S. 2243: Military and Veteran Caregiver Services ...; S. 2305: Social Security and Marriage Equality ...; S. 2366: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act ...; S. 2859: PACE Act; S. 2952: Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (66th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Murray introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 404: Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection ...; S. 1719: Poison Center Network Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).

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.


 

Missed Votes

Murray missed 2.6% of votes (17 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Murray’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Murray’s bills and resolutions had 295 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Murray held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Murray’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Murray cosponsored 258 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.