Chris (Chris) Murphy (D)

US Senator Chris Murphy

Chris (Chris) Murphy (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.4041
FAX: 202.224.9750
District: 860.549.8463
Room 136 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-0705
120 Huyshope Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-2847
Residence:Cheshire, CT

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Children and Families
FC MemberFriends of Portugal
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
Co-ChairCongressional Land Conservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
Co-Vice ChairSenate Ukraine Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
FC MemberSenate Aerospace Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
MemberSenate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
MemberSenate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
MemberSenate Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
FC MemberSenate Defense Communities Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Defense
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Tourette Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
FC MemberSenate Law Enforcement Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberSenate Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberJoint Strike Fighter Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberDairy Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


Chris Murphy, the junior United States Senator for Connecticut, has dedicated his career to public service as an advocate for Connecticut families. Senator Murphy has been a strong voice in the Senate fighting for job creation, affordable health care, education, sensible gun laws, and a forward-looking foreign policy. As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) Senator Murphy has worked to make college more affordable and ensure that our public education system works to serve all students. Senator Murphy also led a bipartisan effort to reform our mental health system, working across the aisle to craft the first comprehensive mental health bill in the Senate in decades. Senator Murphy has laid out a forward-thinking foreign policy vision for the United States. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, he has been an outspoken proponent of diplomacy, international human rights and the need for clear-eyed American leadership abroad. Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Senator Murphy became one of the leading proponents of commonsense reforms to reduce gun violence. He has championed a number of bipartisan bills aimed at expanding background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murphy has fought to increase investments in Connecticut manufacturing and promote procurement of world-class national defense products made in the state. He has fought to expand American manufacturing and create jobs through his Buy American initiative, which urges the U.S. government to spend taxpayer dollars on American-made goods. Additionally, Senator Murphy has worked in partnership with local city and town leaders to rehabilitate former brownfield and factory sites so that they can be developed into new community spaces and businesses. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Murphy served Connecticut's Fifth Congressional District for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his time in the House, Murphy worked to improve access to housing for homeless veterans, foster job creation and advocate for affordable healthcare for all Americans. Murphy authored the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act to revitalize housing programs for people with disabilities. The bill was signed into law by the president in 2010. Before getting elected to Congress, Murphy served for eight years in Connecticut General Assembly where he was the author of the state's historic stem cell investment legislation and the state's workplace smoking ban. Senator Murphy grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and attended Williams College in Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law and practiced real estate and banking law with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford, Connecticut. He is married to Catherine Holahan, an attorney. They have two sons, Owen and Rider, as well as two cats and two guinea pigs.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Catherine Holahan   DOB: 8/3/1973