Patty Murray

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Patricia Lynn Murray is the Senior Senator for the state of Washington. She is a Democrat and was first elected in 1992.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Murray voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.
For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Tribal Campaign Contributions and Jack Abramoff

Murray "received more than $40,000 in contributions from out-of-state Indian tribes represented by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff campaign finance reports show.

"Murray's total places her ninth among lawmakers - and second among Democrats - who received campaign donations from tribes associated with Abramoff, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C.-based group that tracks money in politics. The money was received from 1999 to 2005, the group said in a report posted on its Web site,," KOMO 1000 TV News reported January 4, 2006.

"Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has been spotlighted by The Associated Press for not giving away to charity $41,000 received from Abramoff's tribal clients. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., also apparently is not giving back $10,000 in similar contributions".[1]

Criticism of the Architect of the Capitol

Murray had harsh criticism for Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers following an investigation in to asbestos in utility tunnels under the Hill. After a work team had been exposed to the carcinogen, Ayers allegedly pressured the workers to not report the problems and refused reimbursement for asbestos-related independent medical evaluations. Murray wrote in mid-March 2007, that Ayers may have been more concerned about his "legal liabilities in this matter than providing the best care possible for these men." Murray held a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee hearing on the issue earlier that month. [1]






STEM education

Research and Development (R&D)



Murray was born October 11, 1950 in Bothell, Washington to Irish-American parents. Murray received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University in 1972. She was a preschool teacher for several years and taught at Shoreline Community College from 1984 to 1987.

As a citizen-lobbyist for environmental and educational issues, she was once told that she couldn't make a difference because she was just a "mom in tennis shoes." The phrase stuck, and she later used it in her successful campaigns for Shoreline School District Board of Directors (1985-1989), Washington State Senate (1989-1993), and United States Senate (1993-present).

Senate Career

Her first Senate race in 1992 she faced Rep. Rod Chandler and beat him handily, 54% to 46%, in part riding Bill Clinton's coattails. In 1998 she won reelection by beating Rep. Linda Smith, 58% to 42%. In 2004 she faced yet another Republican Representative, George Nethercutt, who she defeated 55% to 43%, making her only the fourth Washington senator to win 3 consecutive terms. Following the 2006 midterm elections, Murray was named the secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference.

Murray's official Senate website states she was "Originally known for her work on education and children's issues, [and] has become a leading figure on transportation, border and port security, healthcare, and economic development."[2]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Microsoft Corp$ 256,037
EMILY's List$ 197,856
University of Washington$ 111,489$ 104,300
Boeing Co$ 98,635$ 40,515
State of Washington$ 40,050
Amgen Inc$ 35,900
K&L Gates$ 34,175
Second Avenue Partners$ 33,850
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 Patty Murray
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

Patty Murray's escalating campaign budgets reflect the fact that reelection isn't getting any easier for the three-term Democratic senator from Washington state. Murray's elections have never been runaways; she's won three close races. Her high water mark was 1998, when she won with 58% of the vote.

Since her first campaign for the Senate in 1992, Murray has raised nearly $18 million – putting her in the top ranks of congressional fundraisers. Her list of top overall contributors includes a mixture of local employers – Microsoft, Boeing, and the University of Washington chief among them – as well as a long roster of labor unions, a traditional ally of Democrats. Her top contributor by far, however, has been EMILY's List, the PAC that supports pro-choice female Democrats, and that encourages its members to bundle contributions independently to its top-priority races.

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)


More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Patty Murray. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 448 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-2621 Fax: 202-224-0238
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District offices
  • 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 903, Everett, WA 98201
    Ph: 425-259-6515 Fax: (none entered)
  • 2988 Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98174
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  • 601 West Main Avenue, Suite 1213, Spokane, WA 99201
    Ph: 509-624-9515 Fax: (none entered)
  • 950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 650, Tacoma, WA 98402
    Ph: 253-572-3636 Fax: (none entered)
  • The Marshall House, 1323 Officer's Row, Vancouver, WA 98661
    Ph: 360-696-7797 Fax: (none entered)
  • 402 East Yakima Avenue, Suite 390, Yakima, WA 98901
    Ph: 509-453-7462 Fax: (none entered)
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