Rick Murphy

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Rick Murphy
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Arizona State Senate District 21
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State House of Representatives
2004-2010
Personal
Place of birthPhoenix, AZ
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Rick Murphy is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Murphy served in the Arizona House of Representatives, representing the 9th District from 2005 to 2011.

Biography

Murphy's professional experience includes working as a small business owner and realtor.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murphy served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice Chair
Education
Judiciary, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Murphy served on these committees:

Issues

Murphy's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2274 - paycheck deductions; political purposes; limitation
  • HB 2372 - tax credit; pollution control equipment
  • HB 2400 - partial-birth abortions; definition
  • HB 2426 - enhanced driver licenses; prohibition

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Campaign themes

Murphy's website lists the following issues:

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "It is an established fact of economics that any activity that is taxed will be performed less often. Taxing productivity (income) is counterproductive in the long term and always harms the economy."
  • Children
Excerpt: "CPS has historically been one of the most inept, mismanaged and ineffective agencies in state government. It routinely fails to meet the needs of parents and the children it is charged with protecting."
  • Crime
Excerpt: "The three-strikes law in California has been successful in getting violent and “career” offenders off the streets and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Arizona should enact a similar measure."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Parents who prefer private school for their children should get a credit of $5,000 to use at the non-public school of their choice."
  • Health insurance
Excerpt: "Widen availability of health insurance through the private sector for chronically ill persons so that they can move from AHCCCS/public assistance to being as self-sufficient and productive as their condition allows."[1]

Scorecards

Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.[2]

2012

Murphy received a score of 73 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of A- according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was the same as his score on the 2011 report card. Murphy’s 73 in 2012 was tied for the 4th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Murphy won election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 21. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Arizona State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Murphy Incumbent 59.6% 44,369
     Democratic Michael Tarrats 40.4% 30,087
Total Votes 74,456

2010

See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Murphy was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He instead ran for the district 9 seat of the Arizona State Senate. He defeated Democrat Sheri Van Horsen and Libertarian Michael Patti in the November 2 general election.[5]

Arizona State Senate, District 9 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Murphy (R) 32,895
Sheri Van Horsen (D) 20,215
Michael Patti (L) 2,920

2008

On November 4, 2008, Murphy and Debbie Lesko were elected to the 9th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents Sheri Van Horsen (D) and Shawn Hutchinson (D).[6]

Murphy raised $21,810 for the campaign, Lesko raised $74,042, Van Horsen raised $73,107, and Hutchinson raised $36,543.[7]

Arizona State House, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Lesko (R) 37,762
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Murphy (R) 35,912
Sheri Van Horsen (D) 28,683
Shawn Hutchinson (D) 28,425

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murphy is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Murphy raised a total of $105,793 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[8]

Rick Murphy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 21 Won $7,791
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 9 Won $32,809
2008 Arizona State House, District 9 Won $21,810
2006 Arizona State House, District 9 Won $13,008
2004 Arizona State House, District 9 Won $30,375
Grand Total Raised $105,793

2012

Murphy won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $7,791.
Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rick Murphy's campaign in 2012
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry$500
Damico, Joseph L$424
Apollo Group$424
Beckler, Matthew$424
Swartz, Brian L$424
Total Raised in 2012$7,791
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Murphy won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $32,809.

2008

Murphy won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $21,810.

2006

Murphy won re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $13,008.

2004

Murphy won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Murphy raised a total of $30,375.

Personal

Murphy and his wife Penny have two children.

He has served as past Chair of the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers Association Committee, bible study leader at Christ's Church of the Valley, and former board member/founding member/counselor at the Hemophilia Association.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Yarbrough (R)
Arizona State Senate District 21
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Robert Burns
Arizona State Senate District 9
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Steve Farley (D)
Preceded by
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Arizona State House District 9
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Rick Gray