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Patrick Murphy (Iowa)

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Patrick Murphy
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Iowa House of Representatives District 28
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2013
Years in position 25
Speaker of the House, Iowa State House of Representatives
Minority Leader, Iowa State House of Representatives
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLoras College, 1980
BirthdayAugust 24, 1959
Place of birthDubuque, IA
Office website
Personal website
Patrick Murphy (b. August 24, 1959) is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 28th District since 1989. He has served as Speaker of the House and was Minority Leader from 2003-2007.

Murphy worked for Hillcrest Family Services in 1991, was a Quality Assurance Analyst/Document Specialist with Cycare Systems Inc from 1988-1990, Quality Assurance Analyst/Document Specialist with Mercy Health Center from 1975-1988, and was an Instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College.

He is a member of the Birth Defects Advisory Committee, Boy Club Boosters, Community Advisor with the Dubuque Area Labor/Management Council, Mental Health Association Board, and Saint Joseph's Church.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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

  • Administration and Rules
  • Legislative Council (Vice Chair)
  • Subcommittee on Administration
  • Subcommittee on Service (Chair)
  • Subcommittee on Studies (Chair)



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Murphy won re-election to the 28th District seat against Paul Kern (R). Murphy had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[2]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 28 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Murphy (D) 5,188
Paul Kern (R) 4,825


On November 4, 2008, Murphy was re-elected to the 28th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Darren D. White (R). [3] Murphy raised $590,368 for his campaign, while White raised $2,978. [4]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 28
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Murphy (D) 9,518
Darren D. White (R) 4,227

Campaign donors


In 2010 Murphy collected $434,155 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[5]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patrick Murphy (Iowa)'s campaign in 2010
Peninsula Gaming$20,000
Iowa Credit Union League$19,500
Medved, Patrick J$13,000
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$10,500
Iowa Health Care Association$10,500
Total Raised in 2010 $434,155


In 2008 Murphy collected $590,368 in donations.[6]

His four largest donors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa State Education Association $95,755
Service Employees Local 199 $25,000
Peninsula Gaming $23,352
Iowa Credit Union League $20,000

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