|Illinois State Senate District 27|
|January 2007 - Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 2006|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Iowa|
|J.D.||John Marshall Law School|
|Birthday||March 11, 1970|
He is currently one of three State Senators, among other candidates, running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murphy served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations I, Minority Spokesperson|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Murphy served on these committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Appropriations I, Ranking Minority Member|
|• Appropriations II|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Government Forecasting and Accountability|
- Subcommittee on State Government Operations
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Murphy served on these committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Appropriations I|
|• Appropriations II|
|• Deficit Reduction, Co-Chairman|
Both Republican and Democrat Senators were concerned that they didn't have enough time to before voting up or down the $1.2 billion in cuts to Gov. Pat Quinn’s introduced $35.4 billion budget.
As the Senate President, Sen. John Cullerton sought this vote in a time crunch that made many senators uncomfortable.
“When we make these cuts they are real, and they affect real people,” Sen. Mike Jacobs said. “So we do have to be careful and I do agree with my colleague Senator (William) Delgado that we should go through this list slowly, completely and without an eye on which constituent gets help and what constituent gets hurt, but based on numbers.”
Sen. Matt Murphy said he too was concerned about the small time frame and reiterated his concern that reductions in spending as introduced don’t go far enough.
“I don’t know that that gets us to a point where the tax increase goes away. I think the numbers, the way they run out, will not allow the tax increase to go away if we’re only at 1.2 (billion dollars),” Murphy said.
The state increased the personal and corporate income taxes earlier this year by 67 percent and 45.9 percent, respectively. The tax increases will expire in four years unless the General Assembly votes to extend them.
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
Murphy won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 27. Murphy was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20 and defeated David R. Page (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Matt Murphy Incumbent||60.6%||57,447|
|Democratic||David R. Page||39.4%||37,323|
|Illinois State Senate, District 27 (2008)|
|Matt Murphy (R)||52,202|
|Peter Gutzmer (D)||37,220|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2008, Murphy collected $695,474 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Republican State Senate Campaign CMTE of Illinois||$211,579|
|Illinois Republican Party||$139,589|
|Illinois Health Care Association||$44,041|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$43,239|
|Illinois Chamber of Commerce||$10,250|
|Bruce Vincent Rauner||$10,000|
|Operating Engineers Local 150||$10,000|
|Illinois State Medical Society||$9,000|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$9,000|
|United Republican Fund of Illinois||$8,000|
|Citizens for Frank Watson||$6,000|
|Citizens for Peterson||$6,000|
|Illinois Manufacturers Association||$5,750|
|Illinois Civil Justice League||$5,000|
|Illinois Construction Industry CMTE||$4,500|
|Illinois State Dental Society||$3,500|
Murphy represents Illinois Senate District 27. District 27 includes the Northeast Chicago suburbs of Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, and Palatine.
Matt is married to Julie Murphy. They have three children and reside in Palatine, Illinois.
Illinois Opportunity Project
The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."
Murphy received a score of 100.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A+ according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.
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- Matt Murphy's campaign website
- Profile at Illinois Senate Republicans
- Biography, bills and committees at the Illinois General Assembly
- Profile at Facebook
- Profile at Twitter
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Profile at Wikipedia
- "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
- "Senators unhappy with proposed budget," Illinois Statehouse News, May 3, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- Illinois Senate election results for 2008
- Murphy Campaign Donors
- "Illinois Chamber of * Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
- Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
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