Patty (Patty) Murray (D)

US Senator Patty Murray

Patty (Patty) Murray (D)
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Capitol: 866.481.9186
FAX: 202.224.0238
District: 425.259.6515
Room 154 RSOB- Russell Senate Office Building 2 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-4704
950 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402-4450
Residence:Seattle, WA

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
ChairmanSenate Nuclear Waste Cleanup Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberSenate Native American Caucus
FC MemberSenate Produce Caucus
FC MemberSenate Special Operations Forces Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Impact Aid Coalition
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
MemberSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
MemberSenate Committee on Budget
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
FC MemberSenate Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberSenate Working Forests Caucus
FC MemberSenate Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberSenate Community College Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Defense
FC MemberSenate Women's Caucus on Burma
FC MemberSenate Army Caucus
FC MemberSenate Hunger Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Children and Families
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on WMD Terrorism (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberSenate Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Cranberry Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease


As Washington state's senior Senator, Patty Murray has a proven track record spanning more than two decades of fighting for Washington state 2012 - PM Official Photo - Colorfamilies in the United States Senate. Serving as a member of Senate Democratic leadership since 2007, Patty has established herself as a tireless and effective leader on education, transportation, budget issues, port security, healthcare, women, and veterans issues. In addition to being the first female Senator from Washington state, Patty served as the first female Chair of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee during the 112th Congress and served as the first female Chair of the Senate Budget Committee during the 113th Congress. She is currently Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Patty was born and raised in Bothell, Washington. Her dad ran a five and dime store on Main Street, where she and her siblings all worked growing up. As a twin and one of seven children, she quickly learned the value of a strong work ethic and a country that supports those who fall on hard times when her father fell ill when she was 15. Patty's father - a World War II veteran and a Purple Heart recipient - was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and in a few short years, his illness got so bad he couldn't work anymore. Patty's mother, who had stayed home to raise their family, had to take care of him while also working to support their family. She found some work, but it didn't pay enough to support Patty and her six brothers and sisters-and a husband with growing medical bills. Thankfully, they lived in a country where the government didn't just say "tough luck." Patty's family received some help from the VA for their father's medical care, but for several months her family had to rely on food stamps. However, thanks to a program established by the federal government, Patty's mother was able to go back to school in order to find a better paying job. And thanks to federal grants and student loans, Patty and her siblings were all able to attend college. While attending Washington State University, Patty took an internship in the psychiatric ward of the Seattle VA. It was there she personally witnessed the sacrifices of young Vietnam War veterans. Never planning to enter politics, in the 1980's a state politician told her she "couldn't make a difference" when she went to Olympia as a parent to advocate for a local preschool program targeted by state budget cuts. Patty responded by organizing a grassroots coalition of 13,000 parents that fought successfully to save the program. Patty went on to serve on the Shoreline School Board, and in 1988 was elected to the Washington State Senate. In 1992, she ran for the United States Senate as a voice for Washington families who were not being heard. Dramatically outspent, Patty ran a grassroots campaign of family, friends, supporters, and public interest groups to beat a 10-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives. Patty was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010. As a unique voice in the United States Senate, Patty is known for her down-to-earth, determined style. She's been called "a workhorse, not a show horse" by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for her intense, behind-the-scenes efforts to get the job done. She has also been described as "tenacious" in her work to address Washington state's needs by the Seattle Times. Patty is often looked to by colleagues and the media in Washington D.C. for her ability to articulate how complex issues affect every day American families. Recently, Patty reflected on her life experiences and how that impacts the decisions she makes as a U.S. Senator today- "I know the support we got from our government was the difference between seven kids who might not have graduated from high school or college-and the seven adults we've grown up to be today-all college graduates, all working hard and paying taxes, and all doing our best to contribute back to our communities. So this is the primary prism I view our nation's budget through. And it's what guides me as I work in the Senate to impact the choices we make. Not that government can or should solve every problem-of course it shouldn't, and it can't. But that we are a nation that has always come together to stand with families like mine. To invest in our people, our communities, our future-and to build the most robust middle class the world has ever seen." Patty met her husband of over 40 years, Rob Murray, while attending Washington State University. They have two grown children, Sara and Randy. Patty enjoys fishing, exploring Washington state's great outdoors and spending time with her family.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1992    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Robert Randall Murray   DOB: 10/11/1950