Matt Murphy (Illinois politician)

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Matt Murphy
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 27th district
In office
January 2007 (2007-Jan) –  2016 (2016-September 15)
Preceded by Wendell E. Jones
Succeeded by Tom Rooney
Personal details
Born (1970-03-11) March 11, 1970 (age 48)
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Murphy
Children Four
Residence Palatine, Illinois
Alma mater John Marshall Law School (J.D.)
University of Iowa (B.S.)
Profession Attorney

Matt Murphy (born March 11, 1970) was a Republican former member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 27th district from 2007 until his resignation in September 2016. The 27th district includes parts of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Palatine, Wheeling, Prospect Heights and South Barrington.[1]

On August 11, 2016, Murphy announced his resignation from the Illinois Senate to take a position with Mac Strategies Group.[2]

Early life & career[edit]

Murphy 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. In 2003, Murphy was elected to the Harper College Board of Trustees for a six-year term.[3] He resides in Palatine with his wife, Julie, and their four children.

Illinois Senate[edit]

Murphy was elected to the Illinois Senate on November 7, 2006, defeating Peter Gutzmer to succeed retiring Republican Senator Wendell E. Jones. Murphy won the Republican primary on March 21, 2006, defeating Mayor of Palatine 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.[4] In 2013, Murphy declined to run to become the Chair of the Illinois Republican Party.[5]

In 2013, Murphy became the deputy Republican leader in the Illinois Senate, a position he held until his resignation, making him the second highest ranking Republican in the Senate.[6][7]

On August 12, 2016, in a surprise move, Murphy announced he would resign from the Illinois Senate in order to take a position with Mac Strategies Group.[2] His resignation would be effective on September 15.[2]


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