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Matt Murphy

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Matt Murphy
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Illinois State Senate District 27
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 12, 2013
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Website Senate website
Matt Murphy is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate. Murphy was first elected in November of 2006 with his term expiring in 2010.

He is currently one of three State Senators, among other candidates, running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois.



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.[1]

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


In 2008, Murphy collected $695,474 in donations.[2]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
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
Luke Praxmarer $5,508
Comcast $5,500
Rita Canning $5,000
Illinois Civil Justice League $5,000
Caterpillar $5,000
Illinois Construction Industry CMTE $4,500
Illinois State Dental Society $3,500

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Murphy has been appointed to these committees:


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


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.[4]

District 27

Murphy represents Illinois Senate District 27. District 27 includes the Northeast Chicago suburbs of Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, and Palatine[5].


Matt is married to Julie Murphy. They have three children and reside in Palatine, Illinois.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Illinois Senate District 27
Succeeded by