Kathleen J. Murphy

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Kathleen J. Murphy
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Virginia House of Delegates, District 34
In office
January 8, 2015-present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 0
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionJanuary 6, 2015
First electedJanuary 6, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmerican University
Office website
Kathleen J. Murphy is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 34. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on January 6, 2015.[1]


Murphy received a B.A. from American University.[2] She was a Senior Adviser in the U.S. Department of Commerce and a former aide to Congressman Charlie Wilson. Murphy was involved in the creation of Salute Our Services and Kids Serve Too. She is currently the President of the consulting firm Johnson Murphy & Associates.[3]


Campaign themes


Murphy's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Education for the 21st Century Economy

"I will make sure our schools have the funding, staff, and commitment to excellence we demand as a community. Now is the time to invest in our future. We must ensure that our Community Colleges are partnering with local business to ensure that the education our children receive will lead to jobs."

  • Protecting Women's Rights

"I support issues important to ensuring women’s equality: equal pay, workplace flexibility, and the right to make the important choices about their own bodies and access to prescriptive medications. We must realize that women’s issues are about so much more than just health care, rather they are economic issues. Limiting women’s rights and access to health care will not only hurt women, but will also hurt our state economically."

  • Transportation

"I will fight for a permanent funding source for transportation in the budget and end the game of pitting our children’s future against the infrastructure we desperately need."

  • Protecting the Virginia Voter

"Five hour long lines, broken voting machines, vague ID laws, and loss of absentee ballots are just some of the problems our voters encountered in 2012. Additionally the Republican party in Richmond is eager to gerrymander much of the state to give themselves a permanent hold on the State House and mute the voice of our voters. I will fight to improve the process of our elections so that the voice of our people is heard."

  • Protecting Our Children

"I support President Obama’s initiative to make our streets, schools, and homes safer through common sense gun regulation. The gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase firearms with no background check, must be closed. We must institute universal background checks for all firearm sales."



See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2015

Kathleen J. Murphy (D) defeated Craig A. Parisot (R) in the special election on January 6, 2015.[5][1]

The seat was vacant following Barbara Comstock's (R) election to the the 10th Congressional District of Virginia.[6]

A special election for the position of Virginia House of Delegates District 34 was called for January 6. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was November 16, 2014.[6]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Murphy ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 34. Murphy ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. She was defeated by incumbent Barbara Comstock (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 34 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Comstock Incumbent 50.6% 14,962
     Democratic Kathleen Murphy 49.2% 14,540
     Other Write-in 0.2% 51
Total Votes 29,553

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Barbara Comstock (R) won re-election to the House of Delegates for a second term, but first won election by only a little over 400 votes and held on to her seat with just shy of 55 percent of the vote in 2011. This suburban and exurban district split evenly between President Barack Obama (D) and presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) in 2012, and Democrats forwarded a bid to win it again with a consulting firm president and former federal employee Murphy. However, Comstock's fundraising abilities made her difficult to beat; she raised nearly $900,000 for her re-election bid in 2011. Democracy for America endorsed Murphy, and had donated $8,000 to her campaign as of early September 2013.[8][9][10][11]


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In 2013, Murphy’s endorsements included the following:

  • The Farm Team[12]
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia[13]
  • Virginia Education Association[14]
  • EMILY's List[15]
  • LGBT Democrats of Virginia[16]


Murphy and her husband, Bill, currently reside in McLean, Virginia.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 WTVR, "Murphy, Preston win special elections in 34th, 63rd House of Delegates districts," January 6, 2015
  2. https://www.facebook.com/KathleenMurphyforDelegate/info Murphy for Delegate Facebook page," accessed May 17, 2013]
  3. 3.0 3.1 About, Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," accessed May 17, 2013
  4. Issues, Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," accessed May 17, 2013
  5. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official candidate list," accessed November 21, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Washington Post, "Democrat and two Republicans lining up to replace Comstock in Va. House of Delegates," November 11, 2014
  7. Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
  8. University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
  9. Daily Kos, "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013
  10. Leesburg Today, "Loudoun Again Cited As Key Battleground For State Races," September 9, 2013
  11. Democracy for America, "Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013
  12. The Farm Team, "Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," July 7, 2013
  13. Elizabeth Miller for Delegate, "NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Announces Endorsements in House of Delegates Elections," August 26, 2013
  14. Tysons Corner Patch, "Virginia House Elections: Kathleen Murphy Endorsed by VEA but Behind in Money Race," August 8, 2013
  15. Virginia House Democrats, "EMILY’s List Endorses Democrat Kathleen Murphy For Virginia's 34th District House of Delegates Seat," March 21, 2013
  16. Falls Church News Press, "LGBT Dems Endorse Simon, Kory, Murphy," July 11, 2013
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Preceded by
Barbara Comstock (R)
Virginia House of Delegates, District 34
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