Patty Murray

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Patty Murray
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U.S. Senate, Washington
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBrockman Adams (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWashington State University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 11, 1950
Place of birthBothell, WA
Net worth$674,508
Websites
Office website
Patty Murray (b. October 11, 1950) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Washington. Murray was first elected to the Senate in 1992.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Murray is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

Biography

Murray, née Johns, was born in 1950 in Bothell, WA. She graduated from Washington State University.[2]

Career

  • 1985-1989: Shoreline School District Board of Directors
  • 1988-1992: Washington State Senate
    • 1990-1992: Democratic whip
  • 1992-Present: U.S. Senate

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Murray is on the following committees[3]:

2011-2012

Murray is on the following committees[4]:

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Murray voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Elections

Full history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Patty Murray won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Dino Rossi (R) in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate, Washington General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatty Murray incumbent 52.4% 1,314,930
     Republican Dino Rossi 47.6% 1,196,164
Total Votes 2,511,094

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murray is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Murray raised a total of $30,147,102 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[10]

Patty Murray's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Washington) Won $17,124,667
2004 U.S. Senate (Washington) Won $13,022,435
Grand Total Raised $30,147,102

2010

Breakdown of the source of Murray's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Murray won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Murray's campaign committee raised a total of $17,124,667 and spent $17,279,813.[11]

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Murray missed 144 of 6,813 roll call votes from February 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[12]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Murray paid her congressional staff a total of $2,633,861 in 2011. She ranks 22nd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranks 59th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Washington ranks 25th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Murray's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $64,019 and $1,284,998. That averages to $674,508, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth decreased by 26.40% from 2010.[14]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Murray's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $513,018 and $1,320,000. That averages to $916,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[15]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Murray ranked 5th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[16]

2011

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. Murray was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 22nd in the liberal rankings.[17]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Murray voted with the Democratic Party 90.9% of the time, which ranked 40 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[18]

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Personal

Murray is married to Rob Murray. They have two children and one grandchild.[2]

External links


References


Political offices
Preceded by
Brock Adams
U.S. Senate - Washington
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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