Pat Murphy (Iowa politician)

Patrick Joseph 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
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Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
Preceded byJackie Reeder
Succeeded byAbby Finkenauer
Personal details
Born (1959-08-24) August 24, 1959 (age 61)
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Teri Murphy
ResidenceDubuque, Iowa
Alma materLoras College
WebsitePat Murphy's Campaign Website

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 campaignEdit

On June 3, Murphy won the Democratic nomination in a five-way primary to replace four-term Democrat Bruce Braley, who was giving up the seat to run for United States Senate. Murphy lost to Republican nominee and fellow Dubuque resident Rod Blum in the general election on November 4.[4] Murphy was succeeded in the state house by one of his former pages, Abby Finkenauer, who would go on to unseat Blum in 2018.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-07-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2007-01-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Democrat Pat Murphy Will Run for Braley's First Congressional Seat, Cedar Falls Patch, February 14, 2013

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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 – 2015
Succeeded by
Abby Finkenauer