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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
Cost per vote$26.95 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
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$3,185,011
Office website
Campaign website
Patrick Erin Murphy (b. March 30, 1983, in Miami, FL) 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 general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

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

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.[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Murphy serves on the following committees:[7][8]

Key votes

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

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


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.[11]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Murphy voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Murphy joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Murphy voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Murphy voted for HR 2775.[23]

Pay during government shutdown

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

Murphy declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[24]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

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.[11]


Morton Memos 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.[11]


Healthcare 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.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Murphy voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[11]

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.[11]


On The Issues Vote Match

Patrick Murphy's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Murphy is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Murphy received a score of 60 percent on social issues and 21 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

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.[27]

“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."[27]


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.[28]

“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.[28]

“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.[28]

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.[28]

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.”[28]

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.[28]

Campaign themes


Murphy's major campaign themes included:[29]

  • Expanding Job Creation and Promoting Business Growth
  • Reducing National Debt
  • Protecting Social Security and Medicare
  • Protecting Healthcare 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 one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32]


See also: Florida's 18th Congressional District elections, 2012

Murphy ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 18th District. Murphy won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[33] 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 general election on November 6, 2012.[34]

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).[35]

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.[36]

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.[37]

Murphy was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program.[46][47]


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.[48] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[49]

Cost per vote

Murphy spent $26.95 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Murphy's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,034,022 to $5,336,000. That averages to $3,185,011, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Murphy ranked as the 102nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2011 and 2012, Murphy's calculated net worth[51] increased by an average of 1,449 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

Patrick Murphy Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:1,449%
Average annual growth:1,449%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.



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 July 24, 2014. This was the same rating Murphy received in June 2013.[55]

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.[56]

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 17 of 1,081 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[57]

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.


Murphy ranked 190th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[58]


Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Murphy voted with the Democratic Party 82.6 percent of the time, which ranked 183rd among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[59]


Murphy voted with the Democratic Party 85.2 of the time, which ranked 188th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[60]

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  2. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Politico, "Allen West falls further behind," accessed November 18, 2012
  4. Boston Globe, "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money," accessed May 13, 2013
  5. Patrick Murphy for Congress Facebook Page, "Info," accessed June 28, 2012
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  8. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
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  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
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  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Patrick Murphy Vote Match," accessed June 24, 2014
  26. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Post on Politics, "Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy on Syria: ‘I’m truly undecided’," accessed September 11, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 Politico, "Democrats demand House gym’s closing," accessed October 9, 2013
  29. Murphy for Congress, "Issues," accessed January 2, 2012
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  32. The Hill, "Murphy raises $520k in second quarter," accessed July 9, 2013
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  34. Yahoo News, "After a Recount, Allen West Loses Even Harder," accessed November 19, 2012
  35. Tampa Bay Online, "Charlie Crist backing Bill Nelson in Senate race," accessed August 3, 2012
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  37. Federal Election Commission, "Patrick Murphy 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commmission "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Patrick Murphy July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Patrick Murphy Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Patrick Murphy October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Patrick Murphy Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
  46. Boston Globe, "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money," accessed May 13, 2013
  47. Boston Globe, "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money," accessed May 13, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Patrick Murphy 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 22, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  50. OpenSecrets, "Patrick Murphy (D-FL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  55. GovTrack, "Patrick Murphy," accessed July 24, 2014
  56. OpenCongress, "Rep. Patrick Murphy," accessed July 24, 2014
  57. GovTrack, "Patrick Murphy," accessed July 24, 2014
  58. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 23, 2014
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
United States House of Representatives, Florida District 18
2013 - present
Succeeded by