U.S. House of Representatives (D-8th/PA)
Patrick J. Murphy is an Iraq war veteran, former West Point professor, and criminal prosecutor. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, his father was a Philadelphia police officer and his mother a career legal secretary. On November 7, 2006, Murphy was elected to represent Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District. The district includes all of Bucks County, a tiny portion of Montgomery County, and parts of Northeast Philadelphia. Murphy serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
As the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress, Murphy took on a leadership role in the debate on Iraq and Afghanistan. In his first month in Congress, Congressman Murphy introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007, with then Senator Barack Obama.
As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Murphy has been a strong proponent for fiscal responsibility and small business benefits. He is an original co-sponsor of the Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007. This bill would allow small businesses to more easily afford large capital expenses by extending and increasing section 179 small business expensing. It would also extend and enhance the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides incentives to employers to hire individuals from targeted groups that frequently experience barriers to work.
A proponent of civil liberties, Murphy voted in favor of requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in the US and establishing quarterly audits by the Department of Justice's Inspector General over the government’s surveillance programs. He has co-sponsored legislation to restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror.
First Elected: 2006
Committees: Appropriations; Intelligence
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: no prior elected office
Education: King's College, 1993; JD Widener University, PA