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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]


Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[9] For more information pertaining to Murphy's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On September 5, 2013, Murphy said he had not decided whether to support President Barack Obama‘s request for Congress to authorize military strikes in Syria in response to Bashar Assad‘s use of chemical weapons.[11]

“I’m truly undecided,” Murphy said. “I am more in favor of a more limited resolution (than Obama first proposed) with a more narrow time frame and no ground troops, but I still have reservations."[11]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Murphy voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Murphy declined to accept his salary while the government is in a shutdown[14]

Closing of congressional gym

Murphy and Bill Foster (D-IL) wanted the congressional gym closed until the shutdown impasse was over, and circulated a letter that asked House Speaker John Boehner to deem the House spa non-essential for the duration of the shutdown.[15]

“Members of Congress should not enjoy access to their exclusive gym and spa while Capitol police go without pay, children are being turned away from Head Start and veterans are left wondering if their benefits will come in the mail on November 1st,” said Foster in a statement.[15]

“Despite Speaker Boehner’s refusal to reopen the government by bringing a clean CR to the House floor, he believes members of Congress should still receive congressional perks,” the duo wrote to colleagues on October 9, 2013. “He has deemed the congressional spa used by Members of the House of Representatives to be ‘essential’ during the shutdown...Not only are members still able to access the taxpayer-funded gym, sauna and steam room while tens of thousands of federal employees remain furloughed, janitorial staff are still required to clean the gym and restock it with towels and other ‘essential items,’” Murphy and Foster said in the letter.[15]

The two members needed to introduce the Shutdown Prioritization Act, or the SPA Act, that would prohibit the Architect of the Capitol from keeping the congressional gym open.[15]

Eva Malecki, a communications officer for the Architect of the Capitol, said: “When Members join the gym they are given key fobs that permit them to access the facility. The decision not to lock Members out was made because they keep personal items there, but Members have been made aware that the facility will be unstaffed until the government reopens, as its employees are paid with appropriated funds, which are unavailable during the shutdown.”[15]

Many members sleep in their offices when Congress is in session and use the House gym to shower rather than obtaining a Washington D.C. apartment.[15]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[12]


Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Murphy voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Murphy voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Murphy voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Murphy voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[12]

Campaign themes


Murphy's major campaign themes included: [16]

  • 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



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

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Murphy is 1 of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]


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. [20] 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.[21]

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).[22]



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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

Patrick Murphy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$271,625.75$557,912.39$(157,524.63)$672,013.51
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$672,013.51$530,963.05$(169,090.24)$1,033,886.32
October QuarterlyOctober 13, 2013$1,033,886.32$529,482.25$(156,997.52)$1,406,371.05
Running totals

Murphy was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program.[32][33]


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.[34] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Murphy spent $26.95 per vote received in 2012.

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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. 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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Post on Politics, "Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy on Syria: ‘I’m truly undecided’," accessed September 11, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 Project Votesmart, "Patrick Murphy Key Votes," accessed September 26, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Politico, "Democrats demand House gym’s closing," accessed October 9, 2013
  16. Murphy for Congress "Issues" Accessed January 2, 2012
  17. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  18. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  19. The Hill "Murphy raises $520k in second quarter" Accessed July 9, 2013
  20. Sun Sentinel.com "Murphy runs against `extremist’ Allen West" Accessed December 3, 2011
  21. Yahoo News "After a Recount, Allen West Loses Even Harder," November 19, 2012
  22. Tampa Bay Online "Charlie Crist backing Bill Nelson in Senate race" Accessed August 3, 2012
  23. Gov Track "Patrick Murphy," Accessed June 12, 2013
  24. OpenCongress, "Rep. Patrick Murphy," Accessed July 31, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Patrick Murphy," Accessed March 29, 2013
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Murphy, (D-Fla), 2011
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. Open Secrets "Patrick Murphy" Accessed April 4, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Patrick Murphy 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commmission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  33. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Patrick Murphy 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  35. 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