Patrick J. Murphy (Pennsylvania)
|Former Attorney General Candidate|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||King’s College in Wilkes-Barre|
|J.D.||Widener University School of Law|
|Profession||Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP|
Murphy, an officer in the U.S. Army, is a practicing attorney and teacher of law.
Murphy grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, where his father, a Navy vet, served as a police officer for 22 years. While at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Murphy displayed an inclination toward service, which he reportedly inherited from his father, by enrolling in the Army ROTC program. He was later commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. After earning his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, where he provided free legal aid working at the Civil Law Clinic, Murphy taught Constitutional Law and Military Law at West Point as an assistant professor in the Academy's Law Department.
Murphy volunteered for combat after September 11, 2001. Following a stint in Bosnia, Murphy was deployed to Iraq in 2003 as a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Patrick was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Baghdad, where he prosecuted two winning cases against suspected terrorists for the Central Criminal Court.
Murphy is currently a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia and still teaches at Widener Law. He was appointed by the President to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy at West Point. His legal experience prior to entering politics also included work as a Judge Advocate and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- Bachelor's degree, King's College in Wilkes-Barre
- J.D., Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg
2012 Attorney General Election
Murphy made an unsuccessful bid for Pennsylvania attorney general in 2012. Initially the favorite to win the Democratic nomination in the April 24, 2012, primary, he was ultimately overtaken by Lackawanna prosecutor Kathleen Kane. Despite the expensive mudslinging that took shape during the final weeks of the primary campaign season between the two Democrats, Murphy proceeded to offer Kane his support in the general election against Republican nominee David Freed. He announced the endorsement on May 15, and acknowledged the competitive nature of the contest which led him to that point. He called the race "a family fight" and urged Democrats to rally behind Kane in the general election.
U.S. House of Representatives (2006-2010)
Murphy is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives. He represented Pennsylvania's 8th District. Murphy made a name for himself by championing the repeal efforts of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the House. He lost his bid for re-election to the very man he unseated in 2006, Republican Mike Fitzpatrick, in 2010.
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State (accessed April 25, 2012).|
- Photo ID Bill
Concurring with his Democratic counterparts, Murphy told the Associated Press on March 9, 2012 that he was opposed to Pennsylvania's intensified voter identification legislation on the grounds that it infringes on the rights of elderly, poor, and minority voters, who are most unlikely to possess photo identification. Purportedly to curb voter-fraud, the photo-ID bill has already adopted by 15 states according to the National State Conference of Legislatures. Calling it a "blatant attempt by those in power to maintain their power," Murphy says that as AG he would uphold the law no matter, but still intends to support others' efforts to get the bill overturned in the courts.
- Ultrasound Bill
Although the mandatory ultrasound proposal was stalled in the House during election season, the issue was food for debate for the 2012 attorney general candidates. Murphy made the bill a focus of his campaign, calling it “blatantly unconstitutional,” and prompted both his primary opponent Kathleen Kane and Republican candidate David Freed, to engage in the discussion. Implying that Kane was not taking a strong enough stance on the bill by merely vocalizing her opposition, Murphy told the press two weeks before the April 24 primary election that an AG would have to go beyond soft-talk concerning something as critical as the mandatory ultrasound bill. If elected, he pledged not to enforce the bill, and to "fight it every step of the way.”
Murphy cited cracking down on child sex-abuse as one of his chief priorities. While serving in Congress, he helped pass a law to curb internet sex predation; Now he is encouraging Pennsylvania to adopt his proposals for improving information sharing among law enforcement jurisdictions to promote knowledge about the locations and residences of sex-abusers. Murphy said he would build up the Child Predator Unit and the specialized police units that target child sex predators.
Pennsylvania has become an epicenter for environmental controversy since the discovery of the state's natural gas supply in Marcellus Shale. The extraction process, commonly known as fracking, carries high reward in terms of boosting the state's economy, hence Gov. Corbett's eager invitation to gas companies to set up shop where they see fit. But it also carries high risk. There have been reports of fracking chemicals contaminating the groundwater in certain regions and poisoning residents. Murphy vowed to protect Pennsylvanians from polluters who "will no longer get a slap on the wrist when I’m Attorney General – I will hold them accountable."
- President Obama's political strategist David Axelrod
- The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- Emily's List
- Philadelphia Democratic Committee
- Philadelphia Democratic Committee chairman Rep. Bob Brady
- Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
- District Attorney Seth Williams
- Pennsylvania Young Democrats
- Bucks County Democratic Committee
- Council 13 AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
- Liberty City Democratic Club
- Capital Area Stonewall Democrats
- The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
Murphy received more than $700,000 from beyond Pennsylvania's borders for his re-election campaign. Murphy faced Republican Mike Fitzpatrick, a former congressman whom Murphy unseated in 2006.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 8 Election, 2010|
|Republican||Michael G. Fitzpatrick||53.5%||130,759|
|Democratic||Patrick J. Murphy Incumbent||46.5%||113,547|
Patrick lives in Bristol, Pennsylvania with his wife Jenni, his daughter Maggie, his son Jack and their dog Chloe.
PO Box 2020
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Office Phone: (215) 383-0230
- Attorney General of Pennsylvania
- Current Attorney General of PA Linda Kelly
- Pennsylvania attorney general election, 2012
- Pennsylvania attorney general candidate is eligible for office, despite controversy
- Pennsylvania candidate keeps us guessing, March 14, 2012
- Murphy for PA AG, "Meet Patrick," accessed February 13, 2012
- Cumberland Link, "Murphy backs Kane for PA attorney general," May 15, 2012
- The Advocate, "Rep. Patrick Murphy loses seat," November 2, 2010
- National State Conference of Legislatures, "Voter Identification," March 12, 2012
- Associated Press-The Republic, "Pa. photo ID bill divides candidates for state attorney general along party lines," March 11, 2012
- WITF.org, "Mandatory ultrasound bill still animates AG race," April 12, 2012
- WFMZ.com, "Democrats for PA Attorney general outline qualifications," April 21, 2012
- PoliticsPA, "Philly Dems line up behind Murphy," February 2, 2012
- Bucks County Courier Times, "Bucks Democrats endorse candidates," February 7, 2012
- Bradenton Herald, "AFSCME Council 13 Endorses McCord, Murphy, DePasquale and Casey," March 14, 2012
- PoliticsPA "LGBT groups endorse in 2012 primaries," March 29, 2012
- The Scranton Times-Tribune, "Clinton backs Kane but AFL-CIO goes for Murphy," Marc 27, 2012
- "Incumbents Raking In Out-Of-State Cash For Campaigns: Democrats benefit most," Pennsylvania Independent October 22, 2010
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
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