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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
Cost per vote$12.22 in 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, in Cleveland, Ohio) 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 and 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 his 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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Murphy's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Murphy voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Murphy voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Murphy voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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]

Voting Record

Since being elected in 2002, Murphy has missed 2 percent of all votes. The median is 2.4 percent.[11]

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. [12]

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."[13]
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."[14]

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 Republican Primary on April 24, 2012, and defeated Larry Maggi (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[15]

According to an article from The Washington Post, on March 30, 2012, 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.[16] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[16][17]

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?"[18]

"Rep. Tim Murphy Questions HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius"[19]

"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 targeted Murphy with two 15-second negative ads. The campaign consisted of a $38,000 media buy in the Pittsburgh market. [20]
  • The Campaign for Primary Accountability Super PAC spent over $100,000 against Murphy.[21]. The campaign included TV, mail and online advertising.[22]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

Tim Murphy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2013$121,283.08$318,250.03$(91,144.45)$348,388.66
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$348,388.66$181,529.81$(103,785.60)$426,132.87
October Quarterly[33]October 13, 2013$426,132.87$196,826.45$(72,310.82)$550,648.50
Running totals
$696,606.29$(267,240.87)

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.[34] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Murphy spent $12.22 per vote received in 2012.

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.[36]

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" as of June 2013.[37]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[38]

Murphy most often votes with:

Murphy least often votes with:

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. [39]

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.[40]

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, 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.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[42]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Murphy ranked 174th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[43][44]

2011

Murphy was ranked 162nd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[45]

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.[46]

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.[47]

Personal

Murphy is married to Nan Missig. They have one child.

Recent news

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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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Tim Murphy Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. govtrack.us "Rep Tim Murphy" Accessed April 7, 2012
  12. National Journal "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House" Accessed March 26, 2012
  13. Washington Post "WhoRunsGov" Accessed March 26, 2012
  14. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Build the Keystone XL pipeline" Accessed March 26, 2012
  15. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  16. 16.0 16.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  17. Pennsylvania Dept of State "2012 Official Primary Results"
  18. YouTube channel
  19. YouTube channel
  20. PoliticsPA "Club for Growth Targets Murphy in TV Ads" Accessed March 26, 2012
  21. Open Secrets "Campaign for Primary Accountability Independent Expenditures," Accessed April 29, 2012
  22. PoliticsPA "Super PAC Prepares to Spend $200K Each Against Holden, Murphy" Accessed March 27, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. PoliticsPA "Murphy Internal Poll Shows 74-12 Lead Over Feinberg" Accessed March 26, 2012
  29. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tim Murphy," Accessed April 18, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Tim Murphy 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Murphy April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Tim Murphy July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Tim Murphy's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Tim Murphy 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  37. Gov Track, "Tim Murphy," accessed June 19, 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "Rep. Tim Murphy," accessed August 22, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Tim Murphy," Accessed April 17, 2013
  40. LegiStorm, "Tim Murphy," Accessed September 24, 2012
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Tim Murphy (R-Pa), 2011"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Tim Murphy (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  43. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  44. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. 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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