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Sen. Patty Murray’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murray introduced 4 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 323: Recognizing Achievement in Classified School ...; S. 1199: Poison Center Network Enhancement Act ...; S.Res. 38: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 355: A resolution designating the week ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (27th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Senate Party Leaders

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Senate Democrats (40th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to Senate Party Leaders

Murray missed 1.6% of votes (7 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Murray’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Murray’s 33 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Murray caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Murray’s bills and resolutions had 593 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Party Leaders (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Murray cosponsored 280 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 Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 4 others)

3 of Murray’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 319: Women Veterans and Families Health ...; S. 648: Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant ...; S. 2008: Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 18th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 18 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. 270: Paycheck Fairness Act; S. 318: VA Newborn Emergency Treatment Act; S. 319: Women Veterans and Families Health ...; S. 402: SASCA; S. 627: SAFE Act of 2019; S. 648: Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant ...; S. 789: Higher Education Access and Success ...; S. 840: Healthy Families Act; S. 1082: BE HEARD in the Workplace ...; S. 1306: Protecting the Right to Organize ...; S. 1382: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild ...; S. 1492: Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment ...; S. 1735: Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s ...; S. 1941: Child Summer Hunger Act of ...; S. 2101: Wage Theft Prevention and Wage ...; S. 2836: Put Patients First Act; S.Res. 262: A resolution affirming the importance ...; S.Con.Res. 18: A concurrent resolution supporting reproductive ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 20th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 280 bills that Murray cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 24th top leader compared to 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murray’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Senate Democrats (69th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murray introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 323: Recognizing Achievement in Classified School ...; S. 1199: Poison Center Network Enhancement Act ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (51st 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 33 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (31st percentile); All Senators (50th 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 Party Leaders (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (67th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.