ICYMI: Murkowski Named One of the Most Effective Republican Lawmakers in the 116th Congress
Senators Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Representative Don Young All Named to Senate and House Top Ten Lists
The Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) recently released their Legislative Effectiveness Scores (LES) and rankings for the most effective lawmakers in Congress. The CEL named U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as the fourth most effective Senate Republican lawmaker in the 116th Congress for her efforts to shepherd critical pieces of legislation across the finish line. Also, Senator Murkowski was listed as the most effective Republican Senator on energy policy.
CEL is a non-partisan, joint partnership between the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University which provides an in-depth look at the effectiveness of individual lawmakers in Congress. Scores are calculated by “the combination of fifteen metrics regarding the bills that each member of Congress sponsors, how far they move through the lawmaking process, and how substantial their policy proposals are”. Leadership positions for each member as well as whether the lawmaker has served in the majority or minority also factor into scoring.
“Throughout my time in the Senate, I’ve worked hard to always put Alaskans first—to find solutions to our state’s most pressing issues and ensure that the needs of Alaskans are strongly represented at the federal level. I am one who encourages bipartisanship and working together to reach commonsense solutions. It is my longstanding belief that working across the aisle—with a willingness to find compromise—is the approach that best serves our constituents in Alaska and across the nation. Finding areas of common ground instead of focusing on our division allows us to work toward real, lasting solutions,” said Senator Murkowski. “As we move forward in the 117th Congress, know that I will continue to ensure Alaskans have a voice in our nation’s most important policy decisions, and I will work to advance legislative solutions that best meet the their needs.”
During the 116th Congress, Senator Murkowski served as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee where she secured the enactment of legacy policies, including the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a sweeping lands package that included more than 120 measures benefiting often-rural communities and public lands across the country. Murkowski also worked to advance the Energy Act, the first comprehensive modernization of our nation’s energy policies in 13 years which fosters innovation on a range of technologies critical to our energy and national security, our long-term economic competitiveness, and the protection of our environment. She also helped to shepherd the Great American Outdoors Act over the finish line, which provided a multi-billion down payment to address deferred maintenance on our nation’s public lands. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murkowski secured vital funding to provide new economic opportunities, bolster Alaska’s strategic national defense, improve access to healthcare, and invest in infrastructure. Senator Murkowski also made significant progress in addressing the issue of missing, murdered, and trafficked Indigenous women and girls through the Not Invisible Act and Savanna’s Act – two bills focused on curbing violence against Native women and girls and in seeking justice for victims.
Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Representative Don Young (R-AK) joined Senator Murkowski on the respective Senate and House top ten lists, demonstrating incredible effectiveness of the Alaska Congressional Delegation as a whole.