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Patrick Murphy
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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 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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Murphy serves on the following committees:[7]


Campaign themes


Murphy's major campaign themes included: [8]

  • 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 one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[9]

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.[10]


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. [11] 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.[12]

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).[13]



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


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.[14]

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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

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


Murphy was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Frontline" program.[19][20]


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.[21]

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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:// 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., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  8. Murphy for Congress "Issues" Accessed January 2, 2012
  9. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  10. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  11. Sun "Murphy runs against `extremist’ Allen West" Accessed December 3, 2011
  12. Yahoo News "After a Recount, Allen West Loses Even Harder," November 19, 2012
  13. Tampa Bay Online "Charlie Crist backing Bill Nelson in Senate race" Accessed August 3, 2012
  14. Gov Track "Patrick Murphy," Accessed June 12, 2013
  15. GovTrack, "Patrick Murphy," Accessed March 29, 2013
  16., "Murphy, (D-Fla), 2011
  17. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  18. Open Secrets "Patrick Murphy" Accessed April 4, 2013
  19. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  20. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Patrick Murphy 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
United States House of Representatives, Florida District 18
2013 - present
Succeeded by