Matt Murphy (Illinois politician)

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Matt Murphy
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 2007
Preceded by Wendell Jones
Personal details
Born (1970-03-11) March 11, 1970 (age 44)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Murphy
Alma mater University of Iowa
John Marshall Law School,
Religion Roman Catholicism

Matt Murphy is a Republican Illinois State Senator, representing the 27th district since 2007. The district includes parts of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Palatine, Wheeling, Prospect Heights and South Barrington.

Murphy was elected to the Illinois Senate on November 7, 2006 defeating Democrat Peter Gutzmer to succeed retiring Republican Senator Wendell Jones. Murphy won the Republican primary on March 21, 2006 defeating Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins. He was re-elected in 2008.

Murphy was narrowly defeated in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois on February 2, 2010, by Jason Plummer.[1]

He resides in Palatine with his wife, Julie, and their four children. He grew up in Mt. Prospect and attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He has served as a Harper College Trustee and as a Trustee of the Greater Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a practicing attorney with Brian J. McManus & Associates, a law firm devoted to representing claimants in personal injury lawsuits.


  1. ^ Plummer officially GOP nominee for lt. gov. Rockford Register Star, Gatehouse News Service, February 4, 2010

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