Patrick Murphy (Florida politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 18th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Ileana Ros-Lehtinen|
|Born||Patrick Erin Murphy
March 30, 1983
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (2011–present)|
|Republican (Before 2011)|
|Residence||Jupiter, Florida, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Miami (B.S.)|
Patrick Erin Murphy (born March 30, 1983) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Florida's 18th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Murphy, at age 30, is the youngest current U.S. Congressman.
Early life, education, and career
Murphy was born in Miami and raised in Key Largo, spending much of his childhood on construction sites of his family-owned construction company, Coastal Construction Group (CCG). Murphy attended Palmer Trinity School in Miami from grades 7-12 before graduating from Lawrenceville School, a prep school in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, in 2002. He worked as a day laborer while going to college at University of Miami.
As a 19-year-old freshman college student in 2003, Murphy was arrested outside a Miami Beach night club on charges of disorderly intoxication and possessing a fake driver license. The arrest affidavit said Murphy and his friend were escorted from the club by security, appeared drunk and were disrupting business near the club entrance. After being warned they would be arrested if they didn't leave, Murphy and his friend left in a cab, but the cab returned with the driver complaining that the passengers were drunk and refused to pay. The intoxication charge was ultimately dropped for lack of evidence and the fake ID charge was dismissed. Murphy called the incident "the biggest mistake of my life" and the "biggest learning experience of my life".
After earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in accounting and finance, Murphy was a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte and Touche, where he served as an external auditor of Fortune 500 companies. He left Deloitte to become vice president of his family's construction business. After the 2010 BP oil spill he was tasked with creating a subsidiary of his father's company, called Coastal Environmental, that secured contracts to remove oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. House of Representatives
Murphy claims he was so taken aback by some of the things Republican incumbent Representative Allen West was saying in Congress and on television that he felt compelled to run against him. As a result, he took the campaign strategy of selling himself as a West alternative. Murphy was supported by Florida's former Republican Governor Charlie Crist and former Democratic President Bill Clinton, along with Republican Sheriff of Martin County Bob Crowder, who ran against West in the primaries. The race was the most expensive congressional races in U.S. history, and called one of the ugliest in the 2012 campaign, as well as one of the closest.
After a close vote, the state of Florida certified a Murphy victory over West, days after the election. The West campaign claimed there were errors in the vote counting process and took legal action to request a recount of disputed votes. On November 20, 2012, the West campaign conceded the election to Murphy, who won by a margin of 2429 votes.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade (Ranking Member)
Murphy was a member of the Republican party, donating the maximum individual contribution of $2,300 to Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign and $4,800 to other Republican candidates, until four months prior to announcing his candidacy for congress, at which time he switched his registration to the Democratic Party and donated $4,000 to a variety of Democratic candidates. He says he switched from being a Republican and a Mitt Romney supporter because of his disgust with the Tea Party movement. Murphy was described in The Huffington Post as a "pro-choice, pro-LGBT rights but 'not ultra-liberal' Democrat who values fiscal responsibility." He supported the Affordable Care Act and voted against its repeal in May 2013, but, six months later, became just the third Democrat to sign-on to a Republican-sponsored bill to waive the minimum coverage requirements of the act. He favors income tax increases for the wealthy, but implemented on those earning over $1 million annually rather than $250,000, as advocated by President Barack Obama. His Club For Growth score is 11%.
|2012 18th Congressional District of Florida Elections|
|Republican||Allen West (incumbent)||164,370||49.6|
|Democratic gain from Republican||Swing|
- "Patrick Murphy, Vice President, Coastal Environmental Services". Coastal Environmental Services. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- "Allen West concedes to newcomer Patrick Murphy" by Chris Moody, Yahoo! News, November 20, 2012
- "Patrick "Erin" Murphy '02 Runs for Congress". Lawrenceville School. August 8, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Patrick Murphy. "Patrick Murphy for Congress". Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- George Bennett (June 15, 2012). "Dem candidate Murphy: Drunk and disorderly incident at 19 ‘biggest mistake of my life’". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- Jennifer Bendery (August 15, 2012). "Patrick Murphy Reveals Strategy For Beating Allen West". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- Michael Mayo (November 29, 2013). "Allen West in political dogfight against newcomer Patrick Murphy". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- "Florida, 18th House District". National Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- Alex Sanz (September 12, 2012). "Clinton raises money, Crist makes appearance at South Florida fundraiser". WPTV. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- Jennifer Bendery (October 31, 2012). "Allen West's Primary Opponent 'Embarrassed' By West, Endorses Democrat Patrick Murphy". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Businessweek profile of the race between West and Murphy by Michael C. Bender, October 18, 2012]
- "Florida certifies victory for House newcomer". The Hill. November 10, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- "Allen West/Patrick Murphy race update: West could challenge District 18 results for months"
- "Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy". Politico. November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
- George Bennett (April 23, 2011). "Broward builder Patrick Murphy erects candidacy to take on conservative West". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
- Tom Howell Jr. (8 July 2013). "GOP targets Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy for Obamacare flip-flop". Washington Times.
- Alexandra Jaffe (14 November 2013). "Third House Dem backs 'keep your plan' bill". The Hill.
- Congressman Patrick Murphy official U.S. House website
- Patrick Murphy for Congress
- Patrick Murphy on the Open Directory Project
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 18th congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Baby of the United States House of Representatives
January 3, 2013 – present