John M. Murphy

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John M. Murphy
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Ed Koch
Succeeded by Guy Molinari
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr
Succeeded by Elizabeth Holtzman
Personal details
Born John Michael Murphy
(1926-08-03) August 3, 1926 (age 88)
Staten Island, New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Children John M. Murphy, Jr.

Mark Murphy

Alma mater Amherst College

John Michael Murphy (born August 3, 1926) is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Murphy was born in Staten Island, New York City, New York and attended La Salle Military Academy, Amherst College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.[1]

He served in the U.S. Army from August 1944 to July 1956, first as an enlisted man before receiving his commission after four years at West Point. During his military service he received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Bronze Star, and was discharged as a captain.[1]

He was elected as a Democrat to the 88th U.S. Congress and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1981);[1] he ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 1980 after being indicted in the Abscam bribery scandal.[2]

His son, Mark Murphy, is a real-estate developer who worked as an aide to Bill de Blasio during his tenure as New York City Public Advocate.[3] On January 19, 2012, Mark Murphy announced he would seek election to the Congressional seat his father once held.[4] On November 6, Murphy lost the election to incumbent Republican Michael Grimm, 46.2% – 52.8%.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d John M. Murphy at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ Hicks, Jonathan P. (November 5, 1997). "Republican Wins U.S. House Seat Left by Molinari". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-21. The stakes were perhaps higher for the Republicans, who had represented the district since 1981, after Guy V. Molinari defeated John M. Murphy, a nine-term incumbent whose campaign was hobbled by his indictment in the Abscam bribery scandal. 
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  5. ^ "New York – Election 2012 –". Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Elizabeth Holtzman
Preceded by
Edward I. Koch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Guy V. Molinari