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Sen. Patty Murray’s 2017 Report Card

Assistant Senate Minority Leader
Senior Senator from Washington
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Murray’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Murray was busy being Assistant Senate Minority Leader, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Murray’s bills and resolutions had 439 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 197 bills that Murray cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murray introduced 3 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S.Res. 44: A resolution designating February 6 ...; S.Res. 113: A resolution recognizing and celebrating ...; S.Res. 277: A resolution designating the week ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (24th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (76th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 636: Healthy Families Act; S. 682: SAVINGS Act; S. 700: Women Veterans and Families Health ...; S. 819: Paycheck Fairness Act; S. 954: Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment ...; S. 1122: Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness ...; S. 1143: Freedom from Discrimination in Credit ...; S. 1488: Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform ...; S. 1652: Wage Theft Prevention and Wage ...; S. 1795: Higher Education Access and Success ...; S. 1806: Child Care for Working Families ...; S. 1985: Protect Access to Birth Control ...; S. 2046: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Murray introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Murray introduced 28 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (50th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Murray’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 591: Military and Veteran Caregiver Services ...; S. 682: SAVINGS Act; S. 700: Women Veterans and Families Health ...; S. 2131: VA Newborn Emergency Treatment Act; S.Res. 44: A resolution designating February 6 ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); Senate Democrats (67th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Murray’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (37th percentile); All Senators (39th 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 Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Murray cosponsored 197 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 Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Murray missed 0.9% of votes (3 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Murray’s Profile »

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


 

Government Transparency

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 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.