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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 5
State Senate Minority Caucus Leader, North Dakota State Senate
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/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] He currently serves as Minority Caucus Leader in the 2015 session.


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

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Murphy served on the following committees:

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Energy and 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][3]

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.[4]

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 State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Philip Murphy's campaign in 2012
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Education Association$659
Boilermakers Local 647$650
North Dakota Long Term Care Association$600
North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives$500
Total Raised in 2012$6,859
Source: Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

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In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.


In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[5] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", 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.[6] 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.[7]


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