Senator Mark Begich Committee Assignments In Congress

From the office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

Announces Committee Assignments for the 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement as she was sworn in to her fourth term as U.S. Senator:

“I am deeply honored to serve the people of Alaska and be entrusted with this tremendous responsibility. It is an incredibly humbling experience to be in this position and one that I do not take lightly. I thank everyone for their support, and I will continue to stand with and represent all Alaskans,” said Murkowski. “The committee assignments I retained have jurisdiction over issues significant to our state – from energy, education, and healthcare to ensuring Alaska Natives’ voices are heard. I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect and advance Alaska’s unique interests.”

(Click image to view video of Senator Murkowski taking the oath.)

Senator Murkowski is retaining her assignments on the Energy and Natural Resources, Appropriations, Indian Affairs, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees – all key positions for Alaska’s unique needs.

·         The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has jurisdiction over both the Energy Department and the Interior Department, the largest land manager in Alaska.

·         The Senate Appropriations Committee defines the nation’s agenda, goals and priorities through the direction of federal funds.

·         The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has jurisdiction on all federal policy that involves or impacts trust responsibilities, focusing on the many concerns of Alaska’s 229 federally-recognized tribes.

·         The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has a wide array of policy matters in its jurisdiction, all with a large Alaskan footprint, from health care, education, employment and retirement policies.

Committee Chairs will be selected by a vote of the members of each respective panel and then ratified by the Senate Republican Conference.


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Begich.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Begich is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2014 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Begich sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Begich was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Begich sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (23%)Transportation and Public Works (14%)Health (13%)Energy (11%)Science, Technology, Communications (11%)Taxation (11%)Education (10%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Begich’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Begich’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Nay H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Nay H.R. 514 (112th): FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
Feb 15, 2011. Bill Passed 86/12.
Yea S.Res. 8 (112th): A resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for cloture to be invoked with ...
Jan 27, 2011. Resolution Rejected 12/84.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay On the Nomination PN959: Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four ...
Jan 28, 2010. Nomination Confirmed 70/30.
Nay On the Nomination PN323: Cass R. Sunstein, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget
Sep 10, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 57/40.
Yea On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Dec 2014, Begich missed 80 of 1,839 roll call votes, which is 4.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2009 Jan-Mar11821.7%76th
2009 Apr-Jun9677.3%91st
2009 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2009 Oct-Dec9433.2%81st
2010 Jan-Mar10810.9%45th
2010 Apr-Jun9622.1%58th
2010 Jul-Sep4412.3%55th
2010 Nov-Dec5159.8%90th
2011 Jan-Mar4600.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun5800.0%0th
2011 Jul-Sep4900.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec8233.7%69th
2012 Jan-Mar6334.8%87th
2012 Apr-Jun10900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep2813.6%55th
2012 Nov-Dec5036.0%75th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9244.3%94th
2013 Apr-Jun7645.3%76th
2013 Jul-Sep4312.3%70th
2013 Oct-Dec8033.8%68th
2014 Jan-Mar9355.4%86th
2014 Apr-Jun1232217.9%94th
2014 Jul-Sep54713.0%94th
2014 Nov-Dec9633.1%68th

Primary Sources

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