Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today submitted the following remarks to the Congressional Record in honor of Senator Murray (D-WA) casting 9,000 roll call votes. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks as submitted:
As the Senate proceeds today on its long string of roll call votes, I rise at this moment to note that this one is different from the rest.
Because with this vote, our friend Senator Murray has now reached 9,000 roll call votes over the course of her career.
A history-making accomplishment from a truly history-making public servant.
Senator Murray was elected to this chamber in 1992, the Year of the Woman. She began her tenure alongside Senator Feinstein—who will also hit this significant milestone later today—and two other women in a year that tripled the number of women who served in this chamber – from two to six.
Over the course of her career, she was the first woman to serve in a number of positions of senate leadership, including chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Chair of the Senate Budget Committee.
In her time, she has been a leading voice on the biggest issues, from health care, to the environment, to labor rights, pensions, standing up for families and workers everywhere, possessing the rare gift of explaining and presenting complex policy with extraordinary clarity.
As a close member of my leadership team, she has been a valued and trusted partner and a dear friend.
So let us take this moment to recognize Sen. Murray, a public servant of extraordinary skill, and a member we have all been honored to serve alongside for all these years.