Chris Murphy (Connecticut)

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Christopher S. Murphy
Christopher S. Murphy.jpg
U.S. Senator, Connecticut
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut, District 5
Connecticut State Senate, 16th District
Connecticut House of Representatives, 81st District
High schoolWethersfield High School
Bachelor'sWilliams College
J.D.University of Connecticut School of Law
Date of birthAugust 3, 1973
Place of birthWhite Plains, New York
Office website
Campaign website
Christopher S. Murphy campaign logo
Christopher Scott "Chris" Murphy (b. August 3, 1973) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Connecticut. Murphy was first elected to the Senate in 2012.

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

Murphy won the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Connecticut instead of seeking re-election in the U.S. House. Murphy won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[1] Murphy defeated Susan Bysiewicz in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. Murphy defeated Linda McMahon (R) in the general election.[2][3]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Murphy was a "rank-and-file Democrat" while in the U.S. House.[4]


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.[5]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Murphy serves on the following Senate committees[6]:


Murphy served on the following committees:[7]


Campaign themes


Murphy's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • 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."

Specific votes

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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]



U.S. Senate

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 won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[10] Murphy defeated Susan Bysiewicz in the primary election on August 14, 2012.[2] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 12, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Murphy defeated Linda McMahon (R) and Paul Passarelli (L) in the general election.[11]


Murphy received endorsements from The Connecticut American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on June 26, 2012.[12] In addition, Murphy has received endorsements from:[12]

Murphy Hedge Fund accusations

On July 19, 2012 Susan Bysiewicz began airing an ad that takes aim at her rival for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, Murphy.[13] The problem was, Bysiewicz made an error and was actually attacking Murphy based on information about former Congressman Scott Murphy (D-NY).[13]

The ad accuses Murphy of taking “more hedge fund money than any Democrat in Congress.”[13] In 2010, the top Democratic recipient of hedge fund contributions was Scott Murphy (D-NY), but not Murphy (D-CT) as the ad falsely claims.[13]


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.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, 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



Christopher Murphy v. Linda McMahon
Poll Christopher S. Murphy Linda McMahonUndecided/Other candidateMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(July 26-29, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports
(August 21, 2012)
Quinnipiac University
(August 22-26, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports
(October 9, 2012)
Siena Research Institute
(October 17, 2012)
(October 15-17, 2012)
Qunnipiac University
(October 24, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports
(October 29, 2012)
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
Connecticut's Democratic Senate Primary Candidates
Poll Christopher Murphy Susan BysiewiczMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(May 29-June 3, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(July 26-29, 2012)
AVERAGES 49.5% 26% +/-3.75 1,089.5
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Campaign donors


Christopher S. Murphy (2012) [15] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 13, 2012$2,486,080.24$855,486.06$(274,049.48)$2,967,516.82
Pre-Convention [17]April 30, 2012$2,967,516.82$130,037.78$(94,974.14)$3,002,580.46
July Quarterly[18]July 14, 2012$3,002,580.45$1,078,302.67$(946,794.18)$3,134,088.94
Pre-Primary[19]August 2, 2012$3,134,088.94$180,617.37$(786,673.18)$2,528,033.13
Running totals

In a July 10, 2012 press release from his campaign, Murphy's campaign for U.S. Senate raised more than $1.2 million in the 2nd fundraising quarter of 2012, bringing the campaign's fundraising total to over $5.45 million since the beginning of the year.[20] The campaign also reported over $3.1 million cash on hand and over 1,700 new contributors from just the 2nd quarter.[20]


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

Murphy won re-election to the U.S. House of Representativesin 2010. During that re-election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $3,034,971 and spent $3,079,678.[21]


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 ranks 35th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 170th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Connecticut ranks 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.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[23]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Christopher S. Murphy voted with the Democratic Party 92 of the time, which ranked 111 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[24]


On August 18, 2007, Congressman Murphy married Cathy Holahan, a legal aid attorney who represents children in need in New Britain and Waterbury. Chris, Cathy, and their son Owen reside in Cheshire, Connecticut. [5]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Huffington post "Rep. Chris Murphy announces Connecticut Senate candidacy," Accessed January 4, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Results "U.S. Senate Elections Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  3. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  4. Gov Track "Murphy" Accessed May 15, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Chris Murphy "Biography" Accessed October 15, 2011
  6. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chris Murphy "Committees" Accessed October 15, 2011
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Huffington post "Rep. Chris Murphy announces Connecticut Senate candidacy," Accessed January 4, 2012
  11. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Chris Murphy for Senate "Press Release: Over 200,000 Working Men & Women Endorse Chris Murphy for Senate" Accessed June 27, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate "Another Bysiewicz Disaster: Attack Ad Hits Wrong Murphy" Accessed July 20, 2012
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. FEC Reports "Chris Murphy Summary Reports" Accessed July 11, 2012
  16. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 11, 2012
  17. FEC Reports "Pre-Convention" Accessed July 11, 2012
  18. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed August 23, 2012
  19. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed August 23, 2012
  20. 20.0 20.1 Christopher Murphy for Senate "Post-Convention Momentum Swells for Murphy, $1.2 Million Raised for 2nd Quarter" Accessed July 11, 2012
  21. Open Secrets "Christopher S. Murphy 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
  22. LegiStorm "Christopher Murphy"
  23., "Murphy, (D-Conn), 2010"
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Lieberman (I)
U.S. Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nancy Johnson
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 5
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Esty (D)
Preceded by
Connecticut State Senate, 16th District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Connecticut House of Representatives, 81st District
Succeeded by