Jim Murphy (Texas)
|Texas State House, District 133|
|2011 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Birthday||December 08, 1957|
|Place of birth||Houston, TX|
"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."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murphy served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Economic & Small Business Development|
|• Higher Education|
Murphy served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Economic & Small Business Development|
|• Ways & Means|
- Consultant, Westchase District 
- Texas House Representative for District 133, 2006-2008
- UT Austin
Murphy outlines five issues central to his candidacy on his campaign site:
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."
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."
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.Immigration
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."
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.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 133, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jim Murphy Incumbent||85%||52,050|
|Texas House of Representatives District 133 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jim Murphy Incumbent||61.1%||11,443|
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.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 133 |
2010 General election results
|Jim Murphy (R)||15,120||56.26%|
|Kristin Thibaut (D)||11,403||42.43%|
|Alfred Montestruc (L)||349||1.29%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Murphy raised a total of $702,573 in 2010. Below are Murphy's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Associated Republicans of Texas||$70,000|
|Perry, Bob J.||$57,500|
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$42,404|
|Republican Party of Texas||$25,000|
In his failed 2008 election bid, Murphy raised a total of $425,800.
His four largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Perry, Bob J||$45,000|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$30,000|
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$16,270|
|3 Donors, Each Donating $5,000||$5,000|
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
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." Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
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. 
- Official Campaign website
- Official Facebook Page
- Candidate Twitter Page
- Jim Murphey YouTube Channel
- Texas House GOP YouTube Channel
- Texas House of Representatives Page
- Official Campaign Contributions-Personal
- Official Campaign Contributions-Campaign
- Contributions, Follow the Money
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Texas Tribune Profile
- Imagine Election Profile
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Power Engineering, "REP. JIM MURPHY RECEIVES TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS "CHAMPION FOR FREE ENTERPRISE" AWARD", November 2, 2011
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Murphy campaign site
- ↑ Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
- ↑ Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- ↑ Official Texas Election Results
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
- ↑ Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Advocates
Kristi Thibaut (D)
|Texas House of Representatives District 133
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