Scott Murphy

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Scott Murphy
Scott Murphy official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th district
In office
April 29, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Kirsten Gillibrand
Succeeded by Chris Gibson
Personal details
Born Matthew Scott Murphy
(1970-01-26) January 26, 1970 (age 47)
Columbia, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennifer
Children 3
Residence Glens Falls, New York
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Entrepreneur/venture capitalist
Religion Methodist[1]

Matthew Scott Murphy[2] (born January 26, 1970) is an entrepreneur and a former U.S. Representative for New York's 20th congressional district, having served a portion of one term from April 2009 until January 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.[3] He was defeated in his attempt to attain election to a full term on November 2, 2010. Prior to re-districting after the 2010 census, the 20th district centered on much of the eastern portion of New York's Capital District.

Early life, education and career[edit]

The son of a teacher and mail carrier, Murphy graduated from the David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, in 1988,[4][5] He later graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Murphy worked for Bankers Trust for two and a half years in the early 1990s before becoming an entrepreneur. In 1994, he co-founded an interactive media company, Small World Software. In 1998 the company, which had grown to 25 employees, was purchased by the internet-consulting company iXL.[6] He then served as one of the heads of the purchased entity, rebranded "iXL New York". iXL later went bankrupt in 2002 during the end of the dot-com bubble. In 2001 Murphy joined Advantage Capital Partners, a venture capital partnership.[citation needed]

He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Upstate Venture Association of New York, Inc.[7] He worked as an aide, Deputy Chief of Staff, and fundraiser for former Governors of Missouri Mel Carnahan and Roger B. Wilson.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Major votes[edit]

On November 7, 2009, Murphy voted against the Affordable Care Act.[8] Murphy opposed the Stupak Amendment which proposed to restrict federal funding and subsidies for plans that cover elective abortion.[9]

In March 2010, Murphy supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[10]

Committee assignments[edit]

Rep. Murphy served on the same two committees as his predecessor, now-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:

Political campaigns[edit]

2009 special election[edit]

Scott Murphy and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at a campaign stop on March 29, 2009.[11]

On January 22, 2009, Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat representing New York's 20th congressional district, was appointed by Governor David Paterson to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, who assumed the office of United States Secretary of State in the Obama administration.[12]

On February 1, 2009, Murphy was chosen by a unanimous vote of ten Democratic county chairs to be their party's nominee for 2009 special election to fill Gillibrand's seat in the House.[13][14]

Murphy ran against Republican nominee Jim Tedisco from Schenectady, who, until April 2009, was the Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly. Murphy was endorsed by President Barack Obama and Senator Gillibrand.[15]

The initial count from the election had Murphy leading by approximately 60 votes out of more than 150,000 cast.[16][17] However, by April 24, after re-tallies and absentee ballot counting, Murphy was ahead by 399 votes,[18] and Tedisco conceded the election.[19] Murphy was sworn in on April 29.[20]


In 2010, Murphy ran for a full two-year term representing the 20th district. He lost the election to the Republican nominee, Chris Gibson.


Murphy reportedly considered a campaign to return to Congress from the open New York's 21st congressional district, where Murphy now lives, which was being vacated by Democrat Bill Owens at the end of his term.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Murphy is married to Jennifer Hogan, a native of Washington County.[2] They have three children.


  1. ^ "Bio: Rep. Scott Murphy (D-New York) biography". Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ a b "WEDDINGS; Jennifer Hogan, Scott Murphy". 2000-03-12. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Our People: Scott Murphy". Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Class of 1988 David H. Hickman High School". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  5. ^ "The One Hundred Twelfth Commencement Exercises" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  6. ^ New partners commit $30 million to iXL, Elizabeth Vaeth, Atlanta Business Chronicle, January 23, 1998
  7. ^ "Board of Directors 2008—2009". Upstate Venture Association of New York, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  8. ^ Hossain, Farhana; Tse, Archie (2009-11-08). "House Democrats Who Voted Against the Health Care Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  9. ^ "House Vote 884 - Restricts Federal Funding for Abortion". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  10. ^ "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 165" (XML). Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  11. ^ Liu, Irene Jay (2009-03-28). "Gillibrand campaigns for Murphy". Times Union. Albany, NY: Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  12. ^ "99th in Senate, Gillibrand Faces Many Challenges". Times Union. Albany, NY: Hearst Corporation. 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  13. ^ Hutchins, Ryan; Liu, Irene Jay (2009-02-01). "6 Democrats Make Party's Cut". Times Union. Albany, NY: Hearst Corporation. p. C1. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  14. ^ DeMare, Carol (2009-02-02). "Democrats tap new face in 20th District". Times Union. Albany, NY: Hearst Corporation. p. A1. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  15. ^ "President Obama Endorses Scott Murphy for Congress" (Press release). 2009-02-25. 
  16. ^ "Absentee Ballots to Decide N.Y. House Race". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ "Unofficial Combined Machine and Paper Results for NY 20th Congressional District" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  19. ^ Liu, Irene Jay; Hornbeck, Leigh (2009-04-25). "Murphy Going to Congress". Times Union. Albany, NY: Hearst Corporation. p. A1. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  20. ^ "Murphy sworn in surrounded by his 'very large family'". Times Union. Albany, NY: Hearst Corporation. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  21. ^ [2][dead link]

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kirsten Gillibrand
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Chris Gibson