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{{tnr}}'''Christopher Scott "Chris" Murphy''' (b. August 3, 1973, in White Plains, New York)  is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Connecticut]]. Murphy was first elected to the Senate in [[United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012|2012]].  
 
{{tnr}}'''Christopher Scott "Chris" Murphy''' (b. August 3, 1973, in White Plains, New York)  is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Connecticut]]. Murphy was first elected to the Senate in [[United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012|2012]].  
  
Murphy served in the [[U.S. House of Representatives]], representing [[Connecticut's 5th Congressional District]], from 2007-2013.  
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Murphy won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[Connecticut]] instead of seeking re-election in the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]].  He defeated [[Susan Bysiewicz]] in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. Murphy defeated [[Linda McMahon]] ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/CT_US_Senate_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results,'' "U.S. Senate Elections Results," accessed August 14, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Connecticut ''ABC News,'' "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
  
Murphy won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[Connecticut]] instead of seeking re-election in the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]].  He defeated [[Susan Bysiewicz]] in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. Murphy defeated [[Linda McMahon]] ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/CT_US_Senate_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results'' "U.S. Senate Elections Results" Accessed August 14, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Connecticut ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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Murphy served in the [[U.S. House of Representatives]], representing [[Connecticut's 5th Congressional District]], from 2007-2013.  
  
Murphy previously served as a member of the [[Connecticut State Senate]] from 2003 to 2006 and as a member of the [[Connecticut House of Representatives]] from 1999 to 2002.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/17189/chris-murphy#.UcHxLthjGXQ ''Project Votesmart'' "Chris Murphy" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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Murphy previously served as a member of the [[Connecticut State Senate]] from 2003 to 2006 and as a member of the [[Connecticut House of Representatives]] from 1999 to 2002.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/17189/chris-murphy#.UcHxLthjGXQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "Chris Murphy," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Murphy grew up in [[Connecticut]], and attended Williams College in [[Massachusetts]], graduating with honors and a double major in history and political science. In 2002, he graduated from UConn Law School in Hartford, [[Connecticut]]. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-2006 with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford.<ref name="biography"> [http://www.chrismurphy.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=122&Itemid=60 ''Chris Murphy'' "Biography" Accessed October 15, 2011] </ref>
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Murphy grew up in [[Connecticut]], and attended Williams College in [[Massachusetts]], graduating with honors and a double major in history and political science. In 2002, he graduated from UConn Law School in Hartford, [[Connecticut]]. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-2006 with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford.<ref name="biography">[http://www.chrismurphy.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=122&Itemid=60 ''Chris Murphy,'' "Biography," accessed October 15, 2011] </ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
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===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Murphy serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
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Murphy serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly,'' "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations]]
 
** The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs
 
** The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs
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===U.S. House of Representatives===
 
===U.S. House of Representatives===
 
====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Murphy served on the following committees:<ref name="committees"> [http://www.chrismurphy.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=123&Itemid=61 ''Chris Murphy'' "Committees" Accessed October 15, 2011] </ref>
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Murphy served on the following committees:<ref name="committees"> [http://www.chrismurphy.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=123&Itemid=61 ''Chris Murphy,'' "Committees," accessed October 15, 2011] </ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs]]
 
**Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
 
**Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
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**Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
 
**Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Legislative actions===
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===113th Congress===
====113th Congress====
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|SenTotal=15834
 
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|Ref=<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/Resumes/current.pdf ''Congressional Record,'' "Resume of Congressional Activity," August 1, 2013]</ref>
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|Ref=<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/Resumes/current.pdf ''Congressional Record'', "Resume of Congressional Activity," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
 
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====National security====
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===National security===
=====American response in Syria=====
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====Committee vote on Syria====
Murphy was one of only two [[Democrats]] to vote in the [[United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations|Senate Foreign Relations Committee]] against authorizing a strike.<ref name="syria">[http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Blumenthal-Himes-Undecided-on-Syria-Strike-Vote-222984731.html ''NBC Connecticut,'' "Blumenthal, Himes Undecided on Syria Strike Vote," accessed September 9, 2013]</ref>
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Dem Foreign Relations Committee No|Name=Murphy}}
  
 
He said the downside risks of military action for U.S. interests and the Syrians outweigh potential benefits.<ref name="syria"/>
 
He said the downside risks of military action for U.S. interests and the Syrians outweigh potential benefits.<ref name="syria"/>
  
=====Committee vote on Syria=====
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====John Brennan CIA nomination====
: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Support vote}} Murphy voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/17189/chris-murphy/?p=3#.Ul7OLlN0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Chris Murphy Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
  
{{Dem Foreign Relations Committee No|Name=Murphy}}
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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{Senate Farm Bill Dem No|Name=Murphy}}
  
=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
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====2014 Budget====
{{Support vote}} Murphy voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/17189/chris-murphy/?p=3#.Ul7OLlN0I7I ''Project Votesmart,'' "Chris Murphy Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Senate Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Murphy}}
  
====Economy====
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====Government shutdown====
=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
  
{{Support vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Murphy voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Support vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Murphy voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
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====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013====
{{Support vote}} Murphy voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Support vote}} Murphy voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====2013 Senate Budget Proposal=====
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====2013 Senate Budget Proposal====
 
{{Support vote}} Murphy voted in favor of the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.<ref name="votes"/> On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Murphy was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} Murphy voted in favor of the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.<ref name="votes"/> On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Murphy was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.<ref name="votes"/>
  
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The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.
 
The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.
  
====Immigration====
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===Immigration===
=====Mexico-U.S. border=====
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====Mexico-U.S. border====
 
{{Oppose vote}} Murphy voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} Murphy voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Social Issues====
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===Social issues===
=====Violence Against Women (2013)=====
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====Violence Against Women (2013)====
 
{{Support vote}} Murphy voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} Murphy voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Previous congressional sessions====
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===Previous congressional sessions===
=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Support vote}}
 
{{Support vote}}
Murphy voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Murphy voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s060_000.gif|right|290px|thumb|Chris Murphy's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Murphy is a '''Liberal Populist.''' Murphy received a score of 59 percent on personal issues and 2 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Murphy|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Chris_Murphy.htm ''On The Issues'', "Chris Murphy Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Unknown
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes=Favors
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|Citizenship=Unknown
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|Free Trade= Strongly Opposes
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|United Nations=Strongly Opposes
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|Military=Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Favors
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|Energy=Strongly Favors
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|Marijuana=Neutral
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|Stimulus=Strongly Favors
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Murphy's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.chrismurphy.com/issues/ Campaign website, Issues]</ref>
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Murphy's campaign website listed the following issues:<ref>[http://www.chrismurphy.com/issues/ ''Campaign website'', "Issues," accessed August 2012]</ref>
  
 
*'''Jobs & The Economy
 
*'''Jobs & The Economy
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===Controversy===
 
===Controversy===
 
====Murphy Hedge Fund accusations====
 
====Murphy Hedge Fund accusations====
On July 19, 2012 [[Susan Bysiewicz]] began airing [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvTlNnk578o an ad] that took aim at her rival for the [[Democratic]] nomination for the [[United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012|U.S. Senate]], Murphy.<ref name="hedge"/> The problem was, [[Susan Bysiewicz|Bysiewicz]] made an error and was actually attacking Murphy based on information about former [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Scott Murphy]] ([[Democratic|D]]-[[New York|NY]]).<ref name="hedge">[http://www.chrismurphy.com/news/entry/release-another-bysiewicz-disaster-attack-ad-hits-wrong-murphy/ ''Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate'' "Another Bysiewicz Disaster: Attack Ad Hits Wrong Murphy" Accessed July 20, 2012]</ref>  
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On July 19, 2012, [[Susan Bysiewicz]] aired [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvTlNnk578o an ad] that took aim at Murphy, her rival for the [[Democratic]] nomination for the [[United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012|U.S. Senate]].<ref name="hedge"/> The problem was, [[Susan Bysiewicz|Bysiewicz]] made an error and was actually attacking Murphy based on information about former [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Scott Murphy]] ([[Democratic|D]]-[[New York|NY]]).<ref name="hedge">[http://www.chrismurphy.com/news/entry/release-another-bysiewicz-disaster-attack-ad-hits-wrong-murphy/ ''Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate,'' "Another Bysiewicz Disaster: Attack Ad Hits Wrong Murphy," accessed July 20, 2012]</ref>  
  
 
The ad accused Murphy of taking “more hedge fund money than any Democrat in Congress.”<ref name="hedge"/> In [http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=F2700&recipdetail=H&sortorder=A&cycle=2010 2010], the top [[Democratic]] recipient of hedge fund contributions was [[Scott Murphy]] ([[Democratic|D]]-[[New York|NY]]), but not Murphy ([[Democratic|D]]-[[Connecticut|CT]]) as the ad falsely claimed.<ref name="hedge"/>
 
The ad accused Murphy of taking “more hedge fund money than any Democrat in Congress.”<ref name="hedge"/> In [http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=F2700&recipdetail=H&sortorder=A&cycle=2010 2010], the top [[Democratic]] recipient of hedge fund contributions was [[Scott Murphy]] ([[Democratic|D]]-[[New York|NY]]), but not Murphy ([[Democratic|D]]-[[Connecticut|CT]]) as the ad falsely claimed.<ref name="hedge"/>
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012]]''
  
Murphy won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[Connecticut]] instead of seeking re-election in the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]].  Murphy defeated [[Susan Bysiewicz]] in the primary election on August 14, 2012.<ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/CT_US_Senate_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results'' "U.S. Senate Elections Results" Accessed August 14, 2012]</ref> Murphy defeated [[Linda McMahon]] ([[Republican|R]]) and [[Paul Passarelli]] (L) in the general election.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Connecticut ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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Murphy won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[Connecticut]] instead of seeking re-election in the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]].  Murphy defeated [[Susan Bysiewicz]] in the primary election on August 14, 2012.<ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/CT_US_Senate_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results,'' "U.S. Senate Elections Results," accessed August 14, 2012]</ref> Murphy defeated [[Linda McMahon]] ([[Republican|R]]) and [[Paul Passarelli]] (L) in the general election.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Connecticut ''ABC News,'' "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
 
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=====Endorsements=====
 
=====Endorsements=====
Murphy received endorsements from The Connecticut American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on June 26, 2012.<ref name="murphy">[http://www.chrismurphy.com/news/entry/press-release-over-200000-working-men-women-endorse-chris-murphy-for-senate/ ''Chris Murphy for Senate'' "Press Release: Over 200,000 Working Men & Women Endorse Chris Murphy for Senate" Accessed June 27, 2012]</ref> In addition, Murphy received endorsements from:<ref name="murphy"/>
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Murphy received endorsements from The Connecticut American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on June 26, 2012.<ref name="murphy">[http://www.chrismurphy.com/news/entry/press-release-over-200000-working-men-women-endorse-chris-murphy-for-senate/ ''Chris Murphy for Senate,'' "Press Release: Over 200,000 Working Men & Women Endorse Chris Murphy for Senate," accessed June 27, 2012]</ref> In addition, Murphy received endorsements from:<ref name="murphy"/>
  
 
*Connecticut Democratic Party  
 
*Connecticut Democratic Party  
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
====U.S. House====
 
====U.S. House====
On November 2, 2010, Murphy won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R), John Pistone (I) and Elmon Smith (I) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>  
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On November 2, 2010, Murphy won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R), John Pistone (I) and Elmon Smith (I) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk,'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," November 2, 2010]</ref>  
  
 
{{Election box 2010
 
{{Election box 2010
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|year=2006
 
|year=2006
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00027566&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Chris Murphy," Accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00027566&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Chris Murphy," accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Democratic
 
|party=Democratic
 
|totalraised2012=10543456
 
|totalraised2012=10543456
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===2012===
 
===2012===
Murphy won election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $10,543,456 and spent $10,436,219.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00027566&cycle=2012&newMem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Chris Murphy 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013]</ref> This is more than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets,'' "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013]</ref>
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Murphy won election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $10,543,456 and spent $10,436,219.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00027566&cycle=2012&newMem=Y ''Open Secrets'', "Chris Murphy 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref> This is more than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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===2010===
 
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[[File:Christopher Murphy 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Murphy's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Christopher Murphy 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Murphy's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
Murphy won re-election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $3,034,971 and spent $3,079,678.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00027566&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Christopher S. Murphy 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011]</ref>
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Murphy won re-election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $3,034,971 and spent $3,079,678.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00027566&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Christopher S. Murphy 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 8, 2011]</ref>
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants. <br>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Murphy's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-29,993 and $194,998. That averages to '''$82,502''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Murphy ranked as the 97th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027566&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Christopher S. Murphy (D-Conn), 2012," accessed March 4, 2013]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Murphy was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]" while serving in the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/christopher_murphy/412194 ''Gov Track'' "Murphy" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Murphy was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]" while serving in the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/christopher_murphy/412194 ''Gov Track,'' "Murphy," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412194_Christopher_Murphy ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Chris Murphy," Accessed August 2, 2013]</ref>
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412194_Christopher_Murphy ''OpenCongress'', "Rep. Chris Murphy," accessed August 2, 2013]</ref>
 
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
  
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Murphy missed 0 of 92 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013.  This amounts to 0.00%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/christopher_murphy/412194 ''GovTrack,'' "Chris Murphy," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Murphy missed 0 of 92 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013.  This amounts to 0.00%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/christopher_murphy/412194 ''GovTrack'', "Chris Murphy," accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Murphy paid his congressional staff a total of $924,533 in 2011.  He ranked 35th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 170th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Connecticut]] ranked 4th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/855/Rep_Chris_Murphy.html LegiStorm "Christopher Murphy"]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Murphy paid his congressional staff a total of $924,533 in 2011.  He ranked 35th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 170th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Connecticut]] ranked 4th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/855/Rep_Chris_Murphy.html ''LegiStorm'', "Christopher Murphy," accessed August 6, 2012]</ref>
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Murphy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$79,994 and $94,998. That averages to $7,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth decreased by 91.71% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027566&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Murphy, (D-Conn), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Murphy's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-28,992 and $209,998. That averages to $90,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027566&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Murphy, (D-Conn), 2010"]</ref>
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Murphy ranked 103rd in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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On August 18, 2007, Murphy married Cathy Holahan, a legal aid attorney who represents children in need in New Britain and Waterbury. Chris, Cathy and their son reside in Cheshire, [[Connecticut]].<ref name="biography"/>  
  
The first concert he attended was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1991.<ref>[http://hoh.rollcall.com/take-five-sen-christopher-s-murphy/ ''Roll Call'', "Take Five: Sen. Christopher S. Murphy", accessed November 4, 2013]</ref>
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Latest revision as of 07:51, 10 July 2014

Christopher S. Murphy
Christopher S. Murphy.jpg
U.S. Senate, Connecticut
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJoe Lieberman (I)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$12.57 in 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$19,196,198
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut, District 5
2007-2013
Connecticut State Senate, 16th District
2003-2006
Connecticut House of Representatives, 81st District
1999-2002
Education
High schoolWethersfield High School
Bachelor'sWilliams College
J.D.University of Connecticut School of Law
Personal
BirthdayAugust 3, 1973
Place of birthWhite Plains, New York
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$82,502
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Christopher S. Murphy campaign logo
Christopher Scott "Chris" Murphy (b. August 3, 1973, in White Plains, New York) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Connecticut. Murphy was first elected to the Senate in 2012.

Murphy won the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Connecticut instead of seeking re-election in the U.S. House. He defeated Susan Bysiewicz in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. Murphy defeated Linda McMahon (R) in the general election.[1][2]

Murphy served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, from 2007-2013.

Murphy previously served as a member of the Connecticut State Senate from 2003 to 2006 and as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Murphy is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Murphy grew up in Connecticut, and attended Williams College in Massachusetts, graduating with honors and a double major in history and political science. In 2002, he graduated from UConn Law School in Hartford, Connecticut. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-2006 with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Murphy serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

U.S. House of Representatives

2011-2012

Murphy served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Murphy's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

Committee vote on Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Voted "No" On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[9][10]

The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.[11]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that make up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[11] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Murphy was one of the two Democrats who opposed the authorization.[12]

He said the downside risks of military action for U.S. interests and the Syrians outweigh potential benefits.[13]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[14]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[15] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Murphy was one of nine Democratic senators who voted against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Murphy voted with the Democratic party in favor of the bill.[17][18]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Murphy voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[21]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[14]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[14] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Murphy was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[14]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Murphy voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[14]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Chris Murphy's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Murphy is a Liberal Populist. Murphy received a score of 59 percent on personal issues and 2 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Neutral
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[23]

Campaign themes

2012

Murphy's campaign website listed the following issues:[24]

  • Jobs & The Economy
Excerpt: "Chris believes in common-sense ways to grow businesses and get people back to work in Connecticut. He developed his approach by listening to Connecticut’s employees and employers."
  • Buy American Laws
Excerpt: "Manufacturing has made the American economy the most vibrant and successful in the world. American manufacturers are known throughout the world to have highest quality goods, made by the best workers. These manufacturing jobs are the back bone of the American middle class, and have provided an economic ladder to millions of American families here in Connecticut."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "I support health care reform because I believe that quality, affordable health care coverage should be a right, not a privilege available only to those who can afford it. I truly believe that a national system of health care can insure every American and cost us less than our current bloated and inefficient “sick care” system."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I believe all children deserve an opportunity to attend quality public schools and to be taught by quality teachers. A sound system of public education is not only America’s promise to its citizens but the foundation of its economic prosperity. "
  • Women’s Health and Equality
Excerpt: "Despite all the successes achieved by the fight for gender equality during the last 100 years, social conservatives have now renewed their fight to roll back gains made for women’s health and economic equality. The right to choose is under attack, access to affordable quality healthcare and reproductive services is out of reach for a growing number of American women, gender-based violence persists, and women are still paid less than their male counterparts."

Controversy

Murphy Hedge Fund accusations

On July 19, 2012, Susan Bysiewicz aired an ad that took aim at Murphy, her rival for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.[25] The problem was, Bysiewicz made an error and was actually attacking Murphy based on information about former Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY).[25]

The ad accused Murphy of taking “more hedge fund money than any Democrat in Congress.”[25] In 2010, the top Democratic recipient of hedge fund contributions was Scott Murphy (D-NY), but not Murphy (D-CT) as the ad falsely claimed.[25]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012

Murphy won the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Connecticut instead of seeking re-election in the U.S. House. Murphy defeated Susan Bysiewicz in the primary election on August 14, 2012.[1] Murphy defeated Linda McMahon (R) and Paul Passarelli (L) in the general election.[26]

U.S. Senate, Connecticut General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Murphy 55.2% 830,221
     Republican Linda McMahon 43.1% 647,776
     Libertarian Paul Passarelli 1.7% 25,059
     N/A Write-ins 0% 112
Total Votes 1,503,168
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Election Results fro United States Senator"
U.S. Senate, Connecticut Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Murphy 67.5% 93,634
Susan Bysiewicz 32.5% 45,065
Total Votes 138,699
Endorsements

Murphy received endorsements from The Connecticut American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on June 26, 2012.[27] In addition, Murphy received endorsements from:[27]

2010

U.S. House

On November 2, 2010, Murphy won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R), John Pistone (I) and Elmon Smith (I) in the general election.[28]

U.S. House,Connecticut District 5, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher S. Murphy Incumbent 53.7% 118,231
     Republican Sam S.F. Caligiuri 46.3% 102,092
     Independent John Pistone 0% 20
     Independent Elmon Smith 0% 2
Total Votes 220,345

Polls

2012

Christopher Murphy v. Linda McMahon
Poll Christopher S. Murphy Linda McMahonUndecided/Other candidateMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(July 26-29, 2012)
50%42%8%+/-3.5771
Rasmussen Reports
(August 21, 2012)
46%49%6%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University
(August 22-26, 2012)
49%46%4%+/-2.61,472
Rasmussen Reports
(October 9, 2012)
51%46%3%+/-4.5500
Siena Research Institute
(October 17, 2012)
46%44%8%+/-4.2552
RealClearPolitics
(October 15-17, 2012)
44%44%12%+/-4625
Qunnipiac University
(October 24, 2012)
49%43%8%+/-4.5500
Rasmussen Reports
(October 29, 2012)
51%45%4%
AVERAGES 48.25% 44.88% 6.63% +/-3.48 615
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Connecticut's Democratic Senate Primary Candidates
Poll Christopher Murphy Susan BysiewiczMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(May 29-June 3, 2012)
50%20%+/-2.61,408
Public Policy Polling
(July 26-29, 2012)
49%32%+/-4.9771
AVERAGES 49.5% 26% +/-3.75 1,089.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murphy is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Murphy raised a total of $19,196,198 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[29]

Chris Murphy (Connecticut)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US Senate (Connecticut) Won $10,543,456
2010 US House (Connecticut, District 5) Won $3,034,971
2008 US House (Connecticut, District 5) Won $3,080,818
2006 US House (Connecticut, District 5) Won $2,536,953
Grand Total Raised $19,196,198

2012

Murphy won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $10,543,456 and spent $10,436,219.[30] This is more than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[31]

Cost per vote

Murphy spent $12.57 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Murphy's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Murphy won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $3,034,971 and spent $3,079,678.[32]

U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, 2010 - Chris Murphy (Connecticut) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,034,971
Total Spent $3,079,678
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,269,420
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,258,199
Top contributors to Chris Murphy (Connecticut)'s campaign committee
Hartford Financial Services$30,550
Northeast Utilities$22,100
Travelers Companies$18,750
Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder$17,600
General Electric$16,950
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$308,748
Lawyers/Law Firms$204,913
Health Professionals$196,228
Securities & Investment$132,600
Insurance$117,650

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Murphy's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-29,993 and $194,998. That averages to $82,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Murphy ranked as the 97th most wealthy senator in 2012.[33] Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[34]

Chris Murphy Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2006$-37,013
2012$82,502
Growth from 2006 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[35]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Murphy was a "rank-and-file Democrat" while serving in the U.S. House.[36]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[37]

Murphy most often votes with:

Murphy least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Murphy missed 0 of 92 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.00%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving as of March 2013.[38]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Murphy paid his congressional staff a total of $924,533 in 2011. He ranked 35th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 170th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Connecticut ranked 4th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[39]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Murphy ranked 114th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[40]

2011

Murphy ranked 103rd in the liberal rankings.[41]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Murphy has voted with the Democratic Party 95.2& of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.

Personal

On August 18, 2007, Murphy married Cathy Holahan, a legal aid attorney who represents children in need in New Britain and Waterbury. Chris, Cathy and their son reside in Cheshire, Connecticut.[4]

The first concert he attended was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1991.[42]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results, "U.S. Senate Elections Results," accessed August 14, 2012
  2. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Chris Murphy," accessed June 19, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Chris Murphy, "Biography," accessed October 15, 2011
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chris Murphy, "Committees," accessed October 15, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  10. USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named syriacommitteevote
  12. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named syria
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Project Vote Smart, "Chris Murphy Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 )," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 On The Issues, "Chris Murphy Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  24. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 2012
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate, "Another Bysiewicz Disaster: Attack Ad Hits Wrong Murphy," accessed July 20, 2012
  26. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  27. 27.0 27.1 Chris Murphy for Senate, "Press Release: Over 200,000 Working Men & Women Endorse Chris Murphy for Senate," accessed June 27, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," November 2, 2010
  29. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Chris Murphy," accessed March 25, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Chris Murphy 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Christopher S. Murphy 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 8, 2011
  33. OpenSecrets, "Christopher S. Murphy (D-Conn), 2012," accessed March 4, 2013
  34. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  35. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  36. Gov Track, "Murphy," accessed June 19, 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Rep. Chris Murphy," accessed August 2, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Chris Murphy," accessed March 29, 2013
  39. LegiStorm, "Christopher Murphy," accessed August 6, 2012
  40. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  42. Roll Call, "Take Five: Sen. Christopher S. Murphy," accessed November 4, 2013
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Joe Lieberman (I)
U.S. Senate
2013-present
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Nancy Johnson
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 5
2007–2013
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Elizabeth Esty (D)
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Connecticut State Senate, 16th District
2003-2006
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Connecticut House of Representatives, 81st District
1999-2002
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