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Sen. Patty Murray’s 2015 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Murray’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Ranked 5th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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. 469: Women Veterans and Families Health ...; S. 497: Healthy Families Act; S. 661: Helping Working Families Afford Child ...; S. 674: 21st Century Women’s Health Act ...; S. 753: Social Security and Marriage Equality ...; S. 976: Space Resource Exploration and Utilization ...; S. 991: Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of ...; S. 1031: WIOA Technical Amendments Act; S. 1150: Raise the Wage Act; S. 1494: Children’s Recovery from Trauma Act; S. 1510: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild ...; S. 1532: Affordability Is Access Act; S. 1539: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act ...; S. 1979: Bring the Ancient One Home ...; S. 2042: WAGE Act; S. 2110: Women’s Pension Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 203 bills that Murray cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Senate Democrats (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

5 of Murray’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 660: 21 st Century Worker Tax ...; S. 661: Helping Working Families Afford Child ...; S. 1031: WIOA Technical Amendments Act; S. 1085: Military and Veteran Caregiver Services ...; S. 1731: Homeless Veterans Services Protection Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Murray cosponsored 203 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 (78th percentile); Senate Democrats (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murray introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 991: Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Democrats (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Murray’s bills and resolutions had 351 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (78th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Ranked the 11th top leader compared to Senate Democrats

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (55th percentile); Senate Democrats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murray introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 1031: WIOA Technical Amendments Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (59th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Murray introduced 33 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Murray tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 27% of Murray’s 33 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

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 (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Murray missed 1.5% of votes (5 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Murray’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murray supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murray 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murray cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (34th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.