Jim Murphy (Texas)

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Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy.jpg
Texas House of Representatives, District 133
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives, District 133
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas-Austin
BirthdayDecember 08, 1957
Place of birthHouston, TX
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Murphy is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 133. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006, but left office after the 2008 elections and rejoined the chamber after the 2010 elections.[1]


Murphy attended the University of Texas-Austin.[1] He is a consultant for the Westchase District.[1]

"Murphy was recently appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to represent Texas on The US Energy Council, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Communications and E-commerce, and the NCSL Committee on Budget and Revenue."[2][3]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murphy served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic & Small Business Development
Higher Education


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Murphy served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Campaign themes


Murphy's website highlights the following campaign themes:[4]

Expanding Our Economy

  • Excerpt: "My 25 years in economic development have taught me that common sense government policies -- a fair and predictable regulatory environment and tax structure -- can attract new investment and jobs to our state. I will build upon my success in this field so all Texans can enjoy a future of unlimited economic opportunities."

Controlling Government Spending

  • Excerpt: "Government is not the answer to our problems. Washington-style spending in Texas will lead to higher taxes and reduced economic growth. Where practical we must cut, cap, and eliminate programs that are wasting taxpayer money."

Supporting Quality Public Education

  • Excerpt: "Today's students are tomorrow's workforce, taxpayers, and leaders. It is our responsibility to ensure schools are adequately funded, held accountable, and our tax dollars are used to provide students the quality education they deserve."

Planning for the Future

  • Excerpt: "Our infrastructure needs are tremendous -- and growing. Highways and major water supply projects are just two areas in which significant investment is needed to preserve our quality of life and robust economy. I will work with my colleagues and local governments to develop and implement long term projects addressing our state's critical infrastructure needs."

Controlling Our Border

  • Excerpt: "Our current State budgetprovides over $200 million for increased Border Security, but that is not enough. We must encourage the Federal government to fulfill its role in the enforcement of immigration laws. I will work to promote greater use of new technology and development of multi-agency coordination to help stretch our limited funds and increase our effectiveness."


Murphy's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Brecheen on state priorities

Economy and Job Creation

Excerpt:"I will put my 25 years of success in economic development to work to ensure the greatest possible opportunities for Texas workers, companies, and their customers. Texas continues to reap the rewards of our relatively low taxes, sensible regulation, and an environment that rewards innovation and hard work. Competition will be an important factor as we face these tough economic times."

Limited Government and Spending

Excerpt:"Our government has a propensity for growth regardless of the party in power. That is why I strongly support spending caps, appraisal caps, and revenue limits to ensure taxpayers have a voice in the process - and tax increases are the very last resort."

Better schools

Excerpt:"To compete and win in our global economy, Texas needs a growing and better educated work force. Yet we have too many dropouts and students who graduate from high school unable to perform college-level work. As a result, they have limited opportunities in today's high tech work force. As a board member at the Houston Community College, and as a teacher, I've seen firsthand what works - and what doesn't - in our classrooms. We need to focus on performance, not paperwork, to achieve the success we all want."

Fighting Crime

Excerpt:"Public safety is government's first responsibility. If we are not safe in our homes, little else matters. I worked in Austin to create tough new laws to combat our growing crime problem. I was a co author of HB 1887 that increased the criminal penalty for repeat offenders for motor vehicle burglary. I also authored and passed HB 3225 to reduce auto theft in Texas. I have continued to work with Operation Westside success and the West Houston Security Coalition to ensure I am ready to represent our needs in Austin.


Brecheen on state priorities

Excerpt:"Border protection may be a federal obligation, but border enforcement can be addressed at the state level. While I served you in Austin, we provided $100 million in new funds for stronger border security. I will continue fighting this battle for our state until we have results we want as Texans."[1]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Jim Murphy was unopposed in the Republican primary. Laura Nicol was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Nicol will face Murphy in the general election.[5][6][7]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Murphy won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 133. Murphy defeated Ann Witt in the May 29 primary election and defeated Gerald W. LaFleur (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 133, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Murphy Incumbent 85% 52,050
     Libertarian Gerald LaFleur 15% 9,210
Total Votes 61,260
Texas House of Representatives District 133 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Murphy Incumbent 61.1% 11,443
Ann Witt 38.9% 7,279
Total Votes 18,722


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Murphy won election to Texas House of Representatives District 133. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated incumbent Democratic candidate Kristi Thibaut and Alfred Montestruc (L) in the November 2 general election.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 133
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Murphy (R) 15,120 56.26%
Kristin Thibaut (D) 11,403 42.43%
Alfred Montestruc (L) 349 1.29%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murphy is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Murphy raised a total of $2,089,437 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[9]

Jim Murphy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 133 Won $453,112
2010 Texas State House, District 133 Won $702,573
2008 Texas State House, District 133 Defeated $425,800
2006 Texas State House, District 133 Won $507,952
Grand Total Raised $2,089,437


Murphy won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $453,112.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Murphy's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$32,500
Conservative Republicans Of Harris County$14,366
Texas Association Of Realtors$12,523
Perry, Doylene$7,500
Farmers Insurance Group$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$453,112
Source:Follow the Money


Murphy won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $702,573.


Murphy lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $425,800.


Murphy won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $507,952.


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[10] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Murphy received a score of 50.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B+ that Murphy received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Jim Murphy received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Murphy was named a "2011 Taxpayer Advocate," which is "An award presented to by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their strong rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."


Murphy and his wife, Kathleen, have two children.


  • 2011 Champion of Free Enterprise Award, Texas Association of Business:
The Champion of Free Enterprise is given to Texas legislators by the Texas of Association Business based on voting records of each legislative session. The award goes to lawmakers that promote a strong business climate for the state.[2]

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Preceded by
Kristi Thibaut (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 133
Succeeded by