Peter Murphy (politician)

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Peter Murphy
Peter Murphy 2007.jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 28th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2007
Preceded by William Daniel Mayer
Personal details
Born (1949-07-15) July 15, 1949 (age 67)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic Party
Children Mollie and Katie
Residence Bryans Road, Maryland
Religion Christian

Peter Murphy (born July 15, 1949) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who represents district 28 in the Maryland House of Delegates. In 2014, he was elected President of the Charles County Board of Commissioners.[1]


Murphy was born in Washington, D.C., on July 15, 1949. He has both a B.A. and an M.A. from the American University, and an Ed.S. Degree in Counseling from George Washington University. He began his non-political career as a microbiologist for the National Institutes of Health. There he developed a strong interest in teaching and education and went on to teach science and math at General Smallwood Middle School in Indian Head, Maryland. He later directed a large educational testing program at George Washington University.[2][3]

In the legislature[edit]

Member of House of Delegates since January 10, 2007. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 2007- (education subcommittee, 2007-; transportation subcommittee, 2007-).[4]

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted for the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[5]
  • voted in favor of increasing the sales tax by 20% - Tax Reform Act of 2007 (HB2)[6]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)[7]
  • sponsored House Bill 30 in 2007, allowing the state to confiscate unused portions of gift certificates after 4 years.[8]


Murphy is openly gay.[9] He is one of eight openly LGBT members of the Maryland General Assembly, alongside Sen. Rich Madaleno (D–Kensington) and Dels. Anne Kaiser (D–Burtonsville), Heather Mizeur (D–Takoma Park), Maggie McIntosh (D–Baltimore), Mary L. Washington (D–Baltimore), Bonnie Cullison (D–Silver Spring) and Luke Clippinger (D–Baltimore).

He is a divorced father of two daughters.[4]


  1. ^ "Murphy, Robinson, Stewart, Davis, Rucci win in Charles County". Southern Maryland News. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Elect Peter Murphy". 
  3. ^ "Local Elections 2006: Peter Murphy (D)". The Washington Post. 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Peter F. Murphy". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "House Bill 359". Maryland General Assembly. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tax Reform Act of 2007" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "House Bill 6, 2007". Maryland General Assembly. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "House Bill 30, 2007". Maryland General Assembly. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Naff, Kevin (9 March 2011). "Md. lawmaker comes out". Washington Blade. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 

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