Erin Murphy (politician)

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Erin Murphy
Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
January 8, 2013 – January 6, 2015
Preceded by Matt Dean
Succeeded by Joyce Peppin
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 64A district
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Matt Entenza
Personal details
Born (1960-03-13) March 13, 1960 (age 58)
Columbus, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joe Faust
Children 2
Education University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (BS)
St. Catherine University (MA)

Erin Murphy (born March 13, 1960) is a Minnesota politician and the former Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 64A, which includes the Summit Hill neighborhood of the city of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She is a former executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association and is a registered nurse.[1]


Murphy graduated from high school in Janesville, Wisconsin, and later attended the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, receiving her B.S. in nursing in 1984. She earned her M.A. in organizational leadership in health care at the College of St. Catherine in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2005, and also attended the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota from 2005 to 2006 as a policy fellow.[1]

Career and community service[edit]

Murphy is a former executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association and has also worked for the organization as a lobbyist and organizer. She previously worked in state government as legislative director for former Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III, and as community relations director for the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning. She was also an operating room nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.[2]

Murphy served on the board of directors of Citizens for a Safer Minnesota from 1999 to 2001, and as a member of the board of trustees of the American Nurses Association political action committee. She was also an executive board member of the Minnesota chapter of the AFL–CIO.[2]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Murphy in 2016

Murphy was first elected in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. She currently serves on the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee and previously served on the Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee, the Taxes Committee, the Finance Subcommittee for Health Care and Human Services Finance Division, and the Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Subcommittee for the Licensing Division.[1]

After the 2012 elections, Murphy was elected by the DFL House caucus to be Majority Leader.[3]

2018 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Murphy announced her candidacy for Governor of Minnesota on November 17, 2016.[4] Murphy has stated that her top priorities in office would be ensuring proper care for Minnesota's aging population, lessening the educational achievement gap, reducing racial disparities among Minnesotans, and bringing more jobs to Minnesota.[5] Murphy supports a statewide single-payer healthcare system.[6] Murphy earned the endorsement of the Minnesota DFL at its annual convention in Rochester, MN on June 2, 2018, after seven rounds of voting. She will go on to challenge U.S. Representative Tim Walz and Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson in the DFL primary contest on August 14. Swanson announced her candidacy after the DFL convention, where she lost the endorsement for Attorney General.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Murphy, Erin". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Project Vote Smart - Representative Erin Murphy - Biography". Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Scheck, Tom (November 8, 2012). "Thissen and Murphy to lead House DFL". Capitol View. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "St. Paul Rep. Erin Murphy announces run for MN governor". 17 November 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2018. 
  5. ^ "About Erin - The Work Ahead". Murphy for Minnesota Governor. Retrieved September 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Erin Murphy: Minnesota can lead the way on health care". Pioneer Press. August 3, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Erin Murphy gets DFL backing for governor, as Tim Walz plans primary run". Pioneer Press. June 2, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2018. 

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Minnesota House of Representatives
Preceded by
Matt Entenza
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from District 64A

Preceded by
Matt Dean
Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Joyce Peppin