Matt Murphy

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Matt Murphy
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Illinois State Senate District 27
In office
January 2007 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 8
Deputy Minority Leader
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa
J.D.John Marshall Law School
Date of birthMarch 11, 1970
Office website
Campaign website
Matt Murphy is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murphy served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations I, Minority Spokesperson
Appropriations II
Committee of the Whole
Executive, Minority Spokesperson


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Murphy served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on State Government Operations


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Murphy served on these committees:[1]


Budget, 2011

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.[2]



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.[3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Murphy Incumbent 60.6% 57,447
     Democratic David R. Page 39.4% 37,323
Total Votes 94,770


On November 4, 2008, Republican Matt Murphy won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 27 receiving 52,202 votes, ahead of Democrat Peter Gutzmer who received 37,220 votes.[6]

Illinois State Senate, District 27 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Murphy (R) 52,202
Peter Gutzmer (D) 37,220

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murphy is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Murphy raised a total of $2,702,813 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[7]

Matt Murphy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 27 Won $397,834
2010 Illinois Lt. Governor / Illinois State Senate, District 27* Defeated $1,273,335
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 27 Won $695,474
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 27 Won $336,170
Grand Total Raised $2,702,813
*In 2010, Murphy raised $1,186,812 for the Lt. Governor's seat, which he lost, and $86,523 for his Senate seat, which was not up for election.


Murphy won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $397,834.


Lt. Governor

Murphy lost the election for the Illinois Lt. Governor in 2010. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $1,186,812.

State Senate

Murphy was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $86,523.


Murphy won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $695,474.


Murphy won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $336,170.


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

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."[8][9]


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.[9]


Matt and his wife, Julie, have three children.

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