Murphy was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2017.
Murphy is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Murphy sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.
Murphy was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1950 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 West Pike Street in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, as the “Police Officer Scott Bashioum Post Office …
- H.R. 3988 (112th): Generic Drug and Biosimilar User Fee Act of 2012
- H.R. 3825 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 770 Trumbull Drive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the “Clayton J. Smith Memorial Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 3256 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3038 West Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the “Congressman James Grove Fulton Memorial Post …
Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Murphy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (73%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Energy (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Murphy recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 3545 (115th): Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act
- H.Res. 428 (115th): Expressing support for the designation of “National Eating Disorders Awareness Week” and …
- H.Res. 320 (115th): Expressing support for the designation of May 2017 as “Mental Health Month”.
- H.R. 1950 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at …
- H.R. 1122 (115th): SPARC Act
- H.R. 6120 (114th): SPARC Act
- H.Res. 850 (114th): Recognizing suicide as a public health problem and expressing support for designation …
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2003 to Oct 2017, Murphy missed 188 of 10,669 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 2017. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||5||0||0.0%||0th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills