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Philip Murphy

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Philip Murphy
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North Dakota State Senate District 20
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$152/day
Per diemUp to $1,351/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedDecember 20, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. John's University
Master'sNorth Dakota State University
Office website
Philip M. Murphy is a Democratic member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 20. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2010 to replace Elroy Lindaas, who resigned on December 1, 2010.[1]


Murphy earned his B.A. in History and Education from St. John's University and his M.A. in Counseling from North Dakota State University. Murphy has been a high school teacher focusing on economics, history, government, geography and psychology.

Committee assignments


North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources
Industry, Business and Labor


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Murphy served on these committees:



See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Murphy ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 20. Murphy ran unopposed. He defeated Melvin Erdmann in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

North Dakota State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Murphy Incumbent 53.7% 3,307
     Republican Melvin Erdmann 46% 2,833
     Other Write-in 0.2% 15
Total Votes 6,155


Murphy was appointed in December 2010 to replace Elroy Lindaas.[1]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murphy is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Murphy raised a total of $6,859 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[3]

Philip Murphy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State Senate, District 20 Won $6,859
Grand Total Raised $6,859


Murphy won re-election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $6,859.


North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization, published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[4] Murphy received a score of 45.45% on policy legislation and voted against 2.25% of state spending. On policy, Murphy was ranked 36th and on spending was ranked 37th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[5]


Murphy and his wife, Michelle, have three children. They currently reside in Portland, North Dakota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elroy Lindaas
North Dakota State Senate District 20
Succeeded by