Matt Murphy (Illinois politician)
|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 27th district
January 2007 – 2016
|Preceded by||Wendell Jones|
|Succeeded by||Tom Rooney|
March 11, 1970 |
Mount Prospect, Illinois
|Alma mater||John Marshall Law School (J.D.)
University of Iowa (B.S.)
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.
On August 11, 2016, Murphy announced his resignation from the Illinois Senate to take a position with Mac Strategies Group.
Early life & career
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. He resides in Palatine with his wife, Julie, and their four children.
Murphy was elected to the Illinois Senate on November 7, 2006 defeating Peter Gutzmer to succeed retiring Republican Senator Wendell 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. In 2013, Murphy declined to run to become the Chair of the Illinois Republican Party.
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. His resignation would be effective on September 15.
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- Biography, bills and committees at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
- Matt Murphy's campaign website
- Profile at Illinois Senate Republicans
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
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