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Murphy worked as an construction executive and accountant prior to serving in the [[U.S. House]].<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M001191 ''Bioguide,'' "Patrick Murphy," accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
Murphy worked as a construction executive and accountant prior to serving in the [[U.S. House]].<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M001191 ''Bioguide,'' "Patrick Murphy," accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
==Committee assignments==
==Committee assignments==

Revision as of 10:18, 11 September 2013

Patrick Murphy
Patrick Murphy (Florida).jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 18
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,752,054
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami
Date of birthMarch 30, 1983
Place of birthMiami, Florida
ProfessionVice President of Coastal Environmental Services
Net worth$130,006
Office website
Campaign website
Patrick Erin Murphy (b. March 30, 1983, in Miami, Florida) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 18th Congressional District of Florida. Murphy was first elected in 2012. [1]

Murphy defeated incumbent Allen West (R) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after the November 6, 2012 general election.[2][3]

Murphy is running for re-election in 2014 and is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program.[4][5]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Murphy is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.



  • University of Miami, Finance, Accounting


Murphy worked as a construction executive and accountant prior to serving in the U.S. House.[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Murphy serves on the following committees:[8]


Campaign themes


Murphy's major campaign themes included: [9]

  • Expanding Job Creation and Promoting Business Growth
  • Reducing National Debt
  • Protecting Social Security and Medicare
  • Protecting Health Care and Patient Rights
  • Oil Independent, Environmental Protection, and Green Technology
  • Equality for Gays and Lesbians
  • Protecting Women's Productive Rights
  • Removing Bureaucracy and Smarter Governing
  • Withdrawal from Iraq
  • Ending the war in Afghanistan
  • Protecting the State of Israel
  • Ending the Threat from Iran
  • Immigration Reform and Border Security
  • Defending Public Education

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[10] For more information pertaining to Murphy's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]



See also: Florida's 18th congressional district elections, 2014

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Murphy is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[12]

Murphy is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[13]

According to reports from July 2013, Murphy raised more than $520,000 in the second quarter, bringing his cash on hand to more than $1 million for his re-election fight in 2014. Murphy raised more than $1.07 million in 2013, making him one of the top House fundraisers.[14]


See also: Florida's 18th congressional district elections, 2012

Murphy ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 18th District. Murphy won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. [15] The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Murphy defeated Jerry Lee Buechler, Jim Horn in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1] Murphy won election by defeating incumbent Allen West (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[16]

U.S. House, Florida District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Murphy 50.3% 166,257
     Republican Allen West Incumbent 49.7% 164,353
     Write-In Marilyn Davis Holloman 0% 55
Total Votes 330,665
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist announced August 1, 2012 that he would be backing Murphy in his bid to unseat incumbent Allen West (R).[17]



Patrick Murphy V. Allen West
Poll Patrick Murphy Allen WestUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Frederick Polls
(October 17, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(October 25-26, 2012)
AVERAGES 47.5% 47% 5.5% +/-4.5 482
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.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Murphy is a "centrist Democratic follower," as of June 12, 2013.[18]

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.[19]

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 1 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Murphy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $38,012 and $222,000. That averages to $130,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 184.15% from 2010.[21]

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. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party


Patrick Murphy voted with the Democratic Party 85.2 of the time, which ranked 188 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[22]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murphy is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Murphy raised a total of $4,752,054 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[23]

Patrick Murphy (Florida)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 18) Won $4,752,054
Grand Total Raised $4,752,054


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Murphy's reports.[24]

Patrick Murphy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]4/15/2013$271,625.75$557,912.39$(157,524.63)$672,013.51
July Quarterly[26]7/15/2013$672,013.51$530,963.05$(169,090.24)$1,033,886.32
Running totals

Murphy was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program.[27][28]


Breakdown of the source of Murphy's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Murphy won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $4,752,054 and spent $4,480,428.[29] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[30]

Cost per vote

Murphy spent $26.95 per vote received in 2012.

Recent news

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  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. [http:// www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84017.html Politico "Allen West falls further behind," November 18, 2012]
  4. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  5. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  6. Patrick Murphy for Congress Facebook Page "Info" Accessed June 28, 2012
  7. Bioguide, "Patrick Murphy," accessed September 11, 2013
  8. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  9. Murphy for Congress "Issues" Accessed January 2, 2012
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  13. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  14. The Hill "Murphy raises $520k in second quarter" Accessed July 9, 2013
  15. Sun Sentinel.com "Murphy runs against `extremist’ Allen West" Accessed December 3, 2011
  16. Yahoo News "After a Recount, Allen West Loses Even Harder," November 19, 2012
  17. Tampa Bay Online "Charlie Crist backing Bill Nelson in Senate race" Accessed August 3, 2012
  18. Gov Track "Patrick Murphy," Accessed June 12, 2013
  19. OpenCongress, "Rep. Patrick Murphy," Accessed July 31, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Patrick Murphy," Accessed March 29, 2013
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Murphy, (D-Fla), 2011
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  23. Open Secrets "Patrick Murphy" Accessed April 4, 2013
  24. http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do#3 Federal Election Commission "Patrick Murphy 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013]
  25. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commmission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  27. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  28. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Patrick Murphy 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
United States House of Representatives, Florida District 18
2013 - present
Succeeded by