Christopher Murphy

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U.S. Senator

Christopher Murphy




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Candidates for the CT-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

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Chris Murphy, a Democrat, has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007.


Record and controversies

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League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce not avail. not avail.

Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Murphy grew up in Connecticut, and attended Williams College in Massachusetts before earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut. He then went to work as an attorney.[1]

Murphy began his political career as the campaign manager for Charlotte Koskoff’s near upset of Nancy Johnson in 1996. From 1997 to 1998 he worked for State Senate Majority Leader George Jepsen. In 1998, he unseated a fourteen year incumbent to be elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives, where he served two terms. In 2002, he was elected to the Connecticut State Senate, where he rose to the position of assistant majority leader.[2]

2006 elections

Murphy successfully challenged Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson in the 2006 congressional elections, winning the election 56%-44% [3].

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Connecticut superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Christopher Murphy, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)$ 112,864
Yale University$ 69,851
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance$ 53,500
League of Conservation Voters$ 46,988
Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder$ 44,916
Travelers Companies$ 43,500
Comcast Corp$ 38,500
General Electric$ 38,000
Sullivan & Cromwell$ 37,000
Silver, Golub & Teitell$ 35,083
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Christopher Murphy
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data

Background information on Nancy Johnson, whom Christopher Murphy challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


DC office
  • B40a Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-4041 Fax: 202-225-5933
    Webform email
District offices
  • 1 Grove St., New Britain, CT 06053
    Ph: (860) 223-8412 Fax: (none entered)
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