Mike Murphy

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Mike Murphy
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Washington Treasurer
Former officeholder
In office
President, Western State Treasurers Association
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2004
First electedNovember 1996
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSeattle University (1969)
Master'sPacific Lutheran University (1978)
Place of birthSeattle, Washington
ProfessionAuditor, Administrator
Office website
Michael J. "Mike" Murphy is an American politician and a former Democratic State Treasurer of Washington. He was first elected to the state executive position in 1996 and served for three terms. He was succeeded by James McIntire (D), who won election in November 2008.[1]


Murphy was born in Seattle, Washington, the eldest son of a family of 11 children. He attended St. Edward Seminary in Kenmore, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Seattle University in 1969. After completing a tour of duty in the military, Murphy began work as a civil servant for the Office of the Washington State Treasurer (OST) in 1972. During his 15 years working for the OST, Murphy's assignments included administrator of the Public Deposit Protection Commission and internal auditor. In 1978, while working full-time for the OST, he completed his Master of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University.[2]


  • St. Edward Seminary
  • B.A. History, Seattle University (1969)
  • M.B.A. Pacific Lutheran University (1978)

Political career

State Treasurer (1997-2009)

In 1996, Murphy ran for State Treasurer. He won that election, as well as his races for re-election in 2000 and 2004. In 2004, Murphy received 60% of the vote, followed by Republican Oscar S. Lewis who received 36%.[3]

Murphy is past President of the Western State Treasurers Association. He was one of ten voting members of the Washington State Investment Board, served as chair for the Board's Audit Committee and is also a member of the Board's Private Markets Committee. As State Treasurer, he also chaired the State Finance Committee, which oversees the issuance and management of the state's debt which totals nearly $10 billion and is responsible for investments of more than $9 billion in the treasury portfolio, including $5 billion in the Local Government Investment Pool.[4] He is also one of twelve people appointed by the governor to the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC).[5]

Thurston County Treasurer

In 1987, Murphy was appointed to serve as treasurer of Thurston County, the state's eighth-largest county. Later that year, he was elected to that office. He was re-elected in 1990 and 1994.



On November 2, 2004, Mike Murphy won re-election to the office of Washington Treasurer. He defeated Oscar S. Lewis (R) and John Sample (L) in the general election.

Washington Treasurer, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Murphy Incumbent 60.3% 1,575,499
     Republican Oscar S. Lewis 36% 941,754
     Libertarian John Sample 3.7% 96,144
Total Votes 2,613,397
Election Results Via: Washington Secretary of State


On November 7, 2000, Mike Murphy won re-election to the office of Washington Treasurer. He defeated Diane Rhoades (R) and Tim Perman (L) in the general election.

Washington Treasurer, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Murphy Incumbent 55.8% 1,266,969
     Republican Diane Rhoades 39.9% 905,401
     Libertarian Tim Perman 4.3% 96,910
Total Votes 2,269,280
Election Results Via: Washington Secretary of State


Murphy and his wife, Teri Smith Murphy, live in Olympia on their sailboat.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Washington Treasurer
Succeeded by
James McIntire (D)