U.S. Senate

Patrick Murphy

  • Marital Status: Single
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, University of Miami
    • Recent Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida’s 18th district, 2013-2016
  • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida’s 18th district, 2013-2016
  • Vice President, Coastal Environmental Services, 2010-2012
  • Auditor, Deloitte & Touche, 2007-2010
  • Previous races


    U.S. House of Representatives, District 18 (2013 – Present)

    Other Political Experience

  • Committee on Financial Services
  • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
  • Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Subcommittee on Department of Defense, Intelligence and Overhead Architecture
  • Subcommittee on the NSA and Cybersecurity
  • Should Congress pass a law requiring background checks for gun purchases made at gun shows, over the Internet or between private individuals?
    Yes. We need commonsense measures to prevent gun violence. Along with most Floridians, I support background checks for online, gun show, and private gun purchases. I am also strongly in favor of closing the terrorist gun loophole and preventing suspected terrorists from purchasing guns. When I was first elected to Congress, I attended a new member orientation. There were 80 of us from both parties when one of the new members stands up, with tears in her eyes, and runs out of the room. All of a sudden we start getting news alerts on our phones. The shooting at Sandy Hook had just happened, and she was the new member of Congress from that district. After the tragic shooting in Orlando, Floridians are crying out for members of Congress to come together on these types of reasonable solutions to prevent this violence. This goes to the fundamental responsibility of elected officials to keep their constituents safe and this will be a top priority for me in the U.S. Senate.
    Do you favor a pathway to legal status or citizenship for any of the estimated 11 million people who are in the U.S. illegally?
    Yes. We are a nation of immigrants. In Florida, immigrants are our neighbors and friends, they live and work here, they pay taxes and contribute to the economy. I support comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers who have otherwise observed the law. This will strengthen our economy, keep families together, and make sure our communities are safe. The DREAM Act provides a pathway to citizenship for students who graduate U.S. high schools to attend college or join the military. I support this bill because it ensures that bright students who want to contribute to our country, are able to do so.
    Aside from about 300 Special Forces troops now assisting in Syria, are more U.S. ground troops needed to defeat ISIS?
    Arab nations need to provide the resources and the boots on the ground necessary to win this fight. I do not believe that putting U.S. ground troops back in harm’s way is the answer. This threat is in their backyard and it is past time that our allies step up to the plate with the ground troops needed to defeat ISIS. We need a multifaceted approach to counter ISIS. We have to work with coalition partners to bomb ISIS strongholds, cut off their funding, and support our allies on the ground. We also need to strengthen our cyber capabilities to cut off their ability to recruit online. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I understand the threats we face as a nation and I have no greater priority than keeping our country safe. Recently, I passed three amendments to the Intelligence Authorization bill aimed at protecting Americans. These amendments will help secure our ports, enforce the Iran deal, and improve our cyber capabilities.
    Do you favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act?
    No. The Affordable Care Act is a huge step forward for our country and one of the crowning achievements of President Obama’s time in office. I am proud to have his endorsement and I am proud to support the ACA, which I am opposed to repealing. The ACA already provides healthcare to more than a million Floridians, makes prescription drugs more affordable for seniors, and prohibits insurance companies from charging women more just for being women. It also ensures Floridians with pre-existing conditions will receive the care they need. We can build on this progress by expanding Medicaid in Florida to cover one million Floridians without health insurance. While there are of course improvements we can make to the ACA, the law has had a hugely positive impact on Florida and the country. We should work to build off its success and I will always oppose Republican attempts to tear it down.
    Do you support higher payroll taxes to extend the life of Social Security beyond 2034 and Medicare beyond 2028?
    After a lifetime of paying into Social Security and Medicare, our seniors have a right to these vital programs and I will always fight to strengthen and protect them. I support raising the cap on income that is taxed by Social Security, so the wealthy pay their fair share and our nation can keep its promise to our seniors. I was proud to introduce the House companion bill to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s SAVE Benefits Act. This bill will provide seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities a one-time emergency increase in benefits to compensate for 2016, when Social Security did not provide a cost-of-living adjustment. Seniors should continue having the freedom to choose their own doctor, health plan, and pharmacy. I oppose cuts to Social Security, including privatization, raising the retirement age, means testing, and cutting cost-of-living adjustments.
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