Pat Murphy (Iowa politician)

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Patrick Joseph Murphy
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
Preceded by Jackie Reeder
Succeeded by Abby Finkenauer
Personal details
Born (1959-08-24) August 24, 1959 (age 57)
Dubuque, Iowa
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Teri Murphy
Residence Dubuque, Iowa
Alma mater Loras College
Website Pat Murphy's Campaign Website

Patrick Joseph "Pat" Murphy (born August 24, 1959) was the Iowa State Representative from the 99th District and won the Democratic nomination in a five-way Democratic Primary to replace former Congressmen Bruce Braley, who ran for the US Senate. Pat is a former Speaker of the Iowa House. He also previously served as Minority Leader from 2003-07. Murphy is a Democrat and had served in the Iowa House since winning a special election in 1989.[1] He received his BA from Loras College.

Pat Murphy served 12 terms in the Iowa House of Representatives. He served on the Appropriations, Labor and Transportation committees. Throughout his term in the House, he had worked on numerous issues related to human services, health care, and appropriations. As House Speaker he has championed a number of Democratic priorities including raising the minimum wage, increasing K-12 teacher salaries to the national average, expanding preschool programs, promoting “green jobs” by encouraging the expansion of Iowa’s renewable energy industry, expanding health insurance coverage, and supporting Iowa’s veterans.[2]

Murphy was re-elected in 2012 with 10,098 votes.[3]

2014 U.S. Congressional campaign[edit]

On June 3, Murphy won the Democratic nomination in a five way primary to replace current 1st district Representative Bruce Braley. Murphy lost to Republican nominee Rod Blum in the general election on November 4.[4]


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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Dieleman
35th District
1989 – 1992
Succeeded by
Pam Jochum
Preceded by
Thomas Jochum
36th District
1992 – 2002
Succeeded by
Swati Dandekar
Preceded by
Jackie Reeder
28th District
2002 – present
Succeeded by