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'''Tim Murphy''' (b. September 11, 1952) is a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Pennsylvania]]. Murphy was first elected in 2003.  
 
'''Tim Murphy''' (b. September 11, 1952) is a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Pennsylvania]]. Murphy was first elected in 2003.  
  
Despite being ranked as the most likely Republican incumbent to lose his primary in [[Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district elections, 2012|2012]], Murphy survived a primary challenge from [[Evan Feinberg]] and advanced to the general election.<ref name="post"/>
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Despite being ranked as the most likely Republican incumbent to lose his primary in [[Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district elections, 2012|2012]], Murphy survived a primary challenge from [[Evan Feinberg]] went on to defeat [[Larry Maggi]] (D) in the general election on [[Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]].<ref name="post"/><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
  
Murphy won the general election in November 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
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Before becoming a congressman, Murphy was a state senator from 1997-2003.  
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Murphy is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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Murphy is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Murphy is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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Tim Murphy
Tim Murphy.JPG
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 18
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMichael F. Doyle (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate
1997-2003
Education
Bachelor'sWheeling Jesuit University, 1974
Master'sCleveland State University, 1976
Ph.D.University of Pittsburgh, 1979
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 11, 1952
Place of birthCleveland, OH
Net worth$736,528
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website

Tim Murphy (b. September 11, 1952) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Murphy was first elected in 2003.

Despite being ranked as the most likely Republican incumbent to lose his primary in 2012, Murphy survived a primary challenge from Evan Feinberg went on to defeat Larry Maggi (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Murphy is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Before becoming a congressman, Murphy was a state senator from 1997-2003.

Murphy is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Biography

One of eleven brothers and sisters, Murphy put himself through college and grad school. Throughout this psychology career, Murphy worked at several hospitals in western Pennsylvania before establishing his own private practice. Murphy has authored two books, the most well-known being "The Angry Child." Murphy has also evaluated numerous child abuse cases in the Pennsylvania court system. While serving in the Pennsylvania Senate from 1996 to 2002, Murphy authored the Pennsylvania Patients' Bill of Rights. Along with his work in Washington, D.C., Murphy holds two Adjunct Associate Professorships in Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Murphy is also a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves Medical Service Corps, and works with troops with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.[3]

Accident in Iraq

In 2005, Murphy and two other congressmen - Reps. Jim Marshall (D-GA) and Ike Skelton (D-MO) - were riding in a convoy in Iraq when their driver drove the vehicle off the road and it overturned. The driver swerved on purpose after suspecting the the car next to convoy was a suicide bomber. Murphy and Skelton were sent to Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad. Murphy was later flown to Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany. After suffering some neck and head injuries, Murphy made a full recovery.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Murphy serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Issues

Political positions

Voting Record

Since being elected in 2002, Murphy has missed 2 percent of all votes. The median is 2.4 percent.[6]

A February 2012 analysis by National Journal found that out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, Murphy ranks number 142 in conservative rankings. The ranking means Murphy is the 142nd most conservative member of the House. [7]

Health Care

Murphy has been a staunch opponent of President Obama's health reform bill. He voted against it in the House, and later voted to repeal it. Murphy has supported the idea of broad health care reform, but favors a plan offering tax credits to buy health insurance over the individual mandate. Murphy has also served as Co-Chair of the House Republican Doctor's Caucus since it was created in March 2009.

Excerpt: "Lawmakers have looked at ways to fund health care. They need to look at ways to fix health care. ...A public plan option is not a fair option ...We need a system that is in a position of constantly moving toward reform. I'm not convinced that a government-run program can do that."[8]

Energy

Murphy has been a long-time advocate of expanding domestic oil drilling. He also voted against Cap and Trade. Most recently, he became a vocal proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline. Murphy has also actively worked to direct investments to clean coal and nuclear power plants.

Excerpt: "Energy equals jobs. Our economy in southwestern Pennsylvania is proof-positive that developing our own energy resources leads to job creation. The Keystone XL pipeline project is the "granddaddy" of energy-related job creators. ...The Keystone pipeline project requires no taxpayer money, a far cry from the trillion dollars of our children's money wasted on a failed stimulus plan that did nothing to reduce long-term unemployment."[9]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Murphy 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. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district elections, 2014

Murphy is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district elections, 2012

Murphy ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 18th District. He defeated Evan Feinberg in the April 24, 2012 Republican Primary and defeated Larry Maggi (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.[11]

According to a March 30, 2012 article from The Washington Post, that notes the top 10 incumbents who could lose their primaries, Murphy was the most likely incumbent to lose his primary.[1] The primary battle against Feinberg, a member of the Tea Party wing of the Republican party, and being targeted by the Campaign for Primary Accountability Super PAC were the main reasons for Murphy's vulnerability.[1]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[12] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[12][13]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Larry Maggi 36% 122,146
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Murphy Incumbent 64% 216,727
Total Votes 338,873
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Murphy Incumbent 63.4% 32,854
Evan Feinberg 36.6% 18,937
Total Votes 51,791

Ads


Murphy's record on healthcare legislation, keeping jobs out of China, and veteran advocacy is the focus of ad titled "Real Life"

"Why is Larry Maggi Attacking Tim Murphy's Record?"[14]

"Rep. Tim Murphy Questions HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius"[15]

"Every Time" highlighted Murphy's record on health reform (March 26, 2012).

The American Chemistry Council spent more than $500,000 for a TV and radio ad supporting Murphy in December, 2011

Endorsements

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • PA Pro-Life Federation
  • Former PA Governor Tom Ridge
  • National Rifle Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police of Allegheny County

Targeted

  • The conservative Club for Growth is targeting Murphy with two 15-second negative ads. The campaign consists of a $38,000 media buy in the Pittsburgh market. [16]
  • The Campaign for Primary Accountability Super PAC spent over $100,000 against Murphy.[17]. The campaign included TV, mail, and online advertising.[18]

Full history


Polls

2012 Election

A Public Opinion strategies internal Murphy poll, conducted January 15-16 2012, showed Rep. Murphy with a strong, 62-point lead over Feinberg.[24]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 12, 2012
Poll Tim Murphy (R) Evan Feinberg (R)Margin of ErrorSample Size
[1]
(January 15-16, 2012)
74%12%+/-5.66300
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.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murphy is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Murphy raised a total of $9,816,247 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[25]

Tim Murphy (Pennsylvania)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 18) Won $2,386,295
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 18) Won $1,841,766
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 18) Won $1,825,275
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 18) Won $1,609,248
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 18) Won $1,229,326
2002 US House (Pennsylvania, District 18) Won $924,337
Grand Total Raised $9,816,247

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tim Murphy's reports.[26]

Tim Murphy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$121,283$318,250$(91,144)$348,388
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$348,388$181,529$(103,785)$426,132
Running totals
$499,779$(194,929)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Murphy's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Murphy won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $2,386,295 and spent $2,649,101.[29]

2010

Murphy won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Murphy's campaign committee raised a total of $1,841,766 and spent $1,493,262.[30]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Murphy is a "rank-and-file Republican".[31]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Murphy missed 152 of 7,680 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. [32]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Murphy paid his congressional staff a total of $918,914 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[33]

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, Murphy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $234,056 and $1,239,000. That averages to $736,528, which is significantly lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 4.10% from 2010.[34]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Murphy's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $249,055 to $1,287,000. That averages to $768,027.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[35]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: 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. In 2012, Murphy ranked 174th among Republican Representatives in the conservative rankings.[36][37]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. In 2011, Murphy was ranked 162nd among Republican members of the U.S. House in the conservative rankings.[38]

Voting with party

2013

Tim Murphy voted with the Republican Party 96.0% of the time, which ranked 113th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[39]

2011

Tim Murphy voted with the Republican Party 92.8% of the time, which ranked 147 among the 1295 House Republican members as of November 2011.[40]

Recent news

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Personal

Tim Murphy is married to Nan Missig. They have 1 child.

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Washingotn Post "The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries" Accessed April 1, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. Official campaign website "Biography" Accessed March 26, 2012
  4. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Rep. Murphy hurt in Iraq convoy crash" Accessed April 12, 2012
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. govtrack.us "Rep Tim Murphy" Accessed April 7, 2012
  7. National Journal "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House" Accessed March 26, 2012
  8. Washington Post "WhoRunsGov" Accessed March 26, 2012
  9. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Build the Keystone XL pipeline" Accessed March 26, 2012
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  13. Pennsylvania Dept of State "2012 Official Primary Results"
  14. YouTube channel
  15. YouTube channel
  16. PoliticsPA "Club for Growth Targets Murphy in TV Ads" Accessed March 26, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Campaign for Primary Accountability Independent Expenditures," Accessed April 29, 2012
  18. PoliticsPA "Super PAC Prepares to Spend $200K Each Against Holden, Murphy" Accessed March 27, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. PoliticsPA "Murphy Internal Poll Shows 74-12 Lead Over Feinberg" Accessed March 26, 2012
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tim Murphy," Accessed April 18, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Tim Murphy Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Murphy April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Tim Murphy July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Tim Murphy's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Tim Murphy 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  31. Gov Track "Murphy" Accessed June 19, 2013
  32. GovTrack, "Tim Murphy," Accessed April 17, 2013
  33. LegiStorm, "Tim Murphy," Accessed September 24, 2012
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Tim Murphy (R-Pa), 2011"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Tim Murphy (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  36. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  37. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael F. Doyle (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania District 18
2003–present
Succeeded by
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