|Arizona State Senate District 21|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Arizona State House of Representatives|
|Place of birth||Phoenix, AZ|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
Murphy is currently a small business owner and realtor.
He has served as past Chair of the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers Association Committee, bible study leader at Christ's Church of the Valley, and former board member/founding member/counselor at the Hemophilia Association.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murphy served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations, Vice Chair|
|• Judiciary, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Murphy served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Government Reform, Chair (2012)|
|• Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform, Vice Chair|
|• Public Safety and Human Services, Vice Chair|
|• Audit, Chair|
|• Capital Review|
Murphy's sponsored bills include:
- HB 2274 - paycheck deductions; political purposes; limitation
- HB 2372 - tax credit; pollution control equipment
- HB 2400 - partial-birth abortions; definition
- HB 2426 - enhanced driver licenses; prohibition
For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.
- See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012
|Arizona State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Rick Murphy Incumbent||59.6%||44,369|
Murphy was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead ran for the district 9 seat of the Arizona State Senate. He defeated Democrat Sheri Van Horsen and Libertarian Michael Patti in the November 2 general election.
|Arizona State Senate, District 9 General Election (2010)|
|Rick Murphy (R)||32,895|
|Sheri Van Horsen (D)||20,215|
|Michael Patti (L)||2,920|
Murphy's website lists the following issues:
- Excerpt: "It is an established fact of economics that any activity that is taxed will be performed less often. Taxing productivity (income) is counterproductive in the long term and always harms the economy."
- Excerpt: "CPS has historically been one of the most inept, mismanaged and ineffective agencies in state government. It routinely fails to meet the needs of parents and the children it is charged with protecting."
- Excerpt: "The three-strikes law in California has been successful in getting violent and “career” offenders off the streets and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Arizona should enact a similar measure."
- Excerpt: "Parents who prefer private school for their children should get a credit of $5,000 to use at the non-public school of their choice."
- Health insurance
- Excerpt: "Widen availability of health insurance through the private sector for chronically ill persons so that they can move from AHCCCS/public assistance to being as self-sufficient and productive as their condition allows."
Murphy raised $21,810 for the campaign, Lesko raised $74,042, Van Horsen raised $73,107, and Hutchinson raised $36,543.
|Arizona State House, District 9 (2008)|
|Debbie Lesko (R)||37,762|
|Rick Murphy (R)||35,912|
|Sheri Van Horsen (D)||28,683|
|Shawn Hutchinson (D)||28,425|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Murphy raised $32,809 in contributions. 
No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.
Below are Murphy's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|AZ Assoc of Realtors||$1,600|
|Salt River Valley Water Users Assoc||$900|
|AZ Medical Assoc||$700|
|AZ Dental Assoc||$500|
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Murphy received a score of 73 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of A- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was the same as his score on the 2011 report card. Murphy’s 73 in 2012 was tied for the 4th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.
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- Arizona Senate Medicaid battle leaves GOP majority split - ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)
- Arizona Senate gives initial OK to Medicaid plan - KTAR.com
- PUPC gives state legislators failing grades - newszap.com
- Political Insider: Brewer says Medicaid battle will end soon - Arizona Republic
- Ariz. Senate debating Medicaid expansion - Arizona Daily Star
- Senate Medicaid battle leaves GOP majority split - Danbury News Times
- Arizona lawmakers propose more requirements to put referendums on ballots - East Valley Tribune
- Arizona Senate passes budget with Medicaid - Seattle Post Intelligencer
- Free tuition for Arizona foster kids advances - azcentral
- Common Core Standards Draw Praise, Pejoratives - AzJournal.com
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Murphy and his wife Penny have two children.
- Rick Murphy's campaign website
- Senate website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart bio
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Rick Murphy on Twitter
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Murphy
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State - Primary candidate list
- ↑ C-SPAN/Associated Press, "August 28, 2012 Primary Results - Arizona," accessed August 28, 2012
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ Rick Murphy's campaign website, Issues
- ↑ 2008 general election results, Arizona
- ↑ Arizona House spending, 2008
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
Steve Yarbrough (R)
|Arizona State Senate District 21
| Succeeded by|
|Arizona State Senate District 9
| Succeeded by|
Steve Farley (D)
|Arizona State House District 9
| Succeeded by|