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Sen. Patty Murray’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Murray’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Murray’s bills and resolutions had 560 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Murray cosponsored 331 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 Democrats (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murray introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 991: Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of ...; S. 2503: Preventing Superbugs and Protecting Patients ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 20 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 ...; S. 2267: Higher Education Access and Success ...; S. 2697: Wage Theft Prevention and Wage ...; S. 2729: Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform ...; S.Res. 462: A resolution urging the United ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 331 bills that Murray cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 17th most liberal compared to All Senators

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Murray’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 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 ...; S. 2719: SCRA Enhancement and Improvement Act ...; S. 2991: Methow Headwaters Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd 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 (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murray supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murray 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murray cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Murray introduced 53 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); All Senators (74th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Laws Enacted

Murray introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 991: Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of ...; S. 1031: WIOA Technical Amendments Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Murray tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14 of Murray’s 53 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Murray missed 1.2% of votes (6 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Murray’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (37th 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 114th Congress) 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.