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Rep. Tim Murphy’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 18th District
Republican
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Oct 21, 2017


These statistics cover Murphy’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Murphy’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.

 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Murphy cosponsored 176 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 2093: Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Was 32nd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Murphy missed 1.2% of votes (15 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Ranked 45th most politically right 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 76th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Got the 103rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Murphy’s bills and resolutions had 372 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murphy introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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

Murphy introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murphy introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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: H.R. 2093: Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act ...; H.R. 2703: Family Health Care Accessibility Act ...; H.R. 2957: Behavioral Health Information Technology Act ...; H.R. 3717: Helping Families in Mental Health ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Murphy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 176 bills that Murphy cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murphy supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Murphy 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.