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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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

the least bipartisan among 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 »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs the least bipartisan out of 40 14
70% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 2nd least bipartisan out of 53 14
70% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 3rd least bipartisan out of 53 12
48% of bills View All
All Senators 3rd least bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

3rd most liberal among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 3rd most liberal out of 41
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Senate Democrats 10th most liberal out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 5th most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 11th most liberal out of 100
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Government Transparency

8th most supportive among All Senators; tied with 8 others

GovTrack looked at whether Murray supported any of 8 government transparency 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.

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 3rd most supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 41 0
8 points View All
Senate Democrats 6th most supportive (tied w/ 8) out of 53 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 4th most supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 54 0
8 points View All
All Senators 8th most supportive (tied w/ 8) out of 100 0
8 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

12th most bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th most bills out of 41 51
375 bills View All
Senate Democrats 21st most bills out of 53 95
449 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 17th most bills out of 54 51
375 bills View All
All Senators 32nd most bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

14th lowest % of bills among 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.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 14th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 35 8
57% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 17th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 49 8
61% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 14th lowest % of bills out of 51 8
65% of bills View All
All Senators 33rd lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

13th fewest bills among 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 41 0
20 bills View All
Senate Democrats 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 53 0
20 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 54 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

17th most bills among 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 a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 41 0
30 bills View All
Senate Democrats 13th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
30 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
30 bills View All
All Senators 17th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

22nd most bills among All Senators; tied with 2 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 7
107 bills View All
Senate Democrats 20th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 9
107 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 17th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 7
107 bills View All
All Senators 22nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

18th most bills among All Senators; tied with 18 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 41 0
7 laws View All
Senate Democrats 11th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 53 0
7 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 54 0
7 laws View All
All Senators 18th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

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.

 

Leadership Score

27th best score among All Senators

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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 13th best score out of 41
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Senate Democrats 20th best score out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 20th best score out of 54
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All Senators 27th best score out of 100
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Working with the House

25th most bills among All Senators; tied with 5 others

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 41 0
25 bills View All
Senate Democrats 19th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 53 0
32 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 25th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

30th most cosponsors among All Senators

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 13th most cosponsors out of 41 9
894 cosponsors View All
Senate Democrats 22nd most cosponsors out of 53 23
894 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 20th most cosponsors out of 54 9
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 30th most cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

42nd most absent among All Senators; tied with 2 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 19th most absent out of 41 0
20% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 54 0
17% missed votes View All
All Senators 42nd most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Murray’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Democrats 5th highest score (tied w/ 15) out of 53 0
16 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th highest score (tied w/ 26) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 10th highest score (tied w/ 26) out of 100 0
16 points View All

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.

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.