Next in our lineup of young elected officials is Chris Murphy. Despite the aggressive and high-dollar campaign of Republican opponent Linda McMahon, Murphy and his team won the Connecticut seat formerly occupied by Senator Joe Lieberman in a decisive victory. At age 39, Murphy will swear in as the youngest Senator in the 113th Congress.
Born and raised in Wethersfield, Connecticut, Chris Murphy comes from a long line of Connecticut natives. He received his undergraduate education at New England neighbor Williams College, before heading back to his home state to attend UConn for law school. After law school, Murphy began his political career early, working in the office of retired US Senator Chris Dodd before winning election (at age 25!) to the Connecticut state legislature, where he spent two terms each in both the House and Senate.
Murphy’s experience in Washington began in 2006, when he unseated Republican incumbent Nancy Johnson to become Connecticut’s fifth district Congressional representative. During his time in office, Murphy has served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Congressional Land Conservation Caucus.
For his leadership in the House, Murphy receives consistently positive scores from various progressive and union groups. He has worked tirelessly for healthcare and education reform, and as an advocate for LGBT and women’s rights, supporting the 2010 repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Having proven his commitment to both his constituents and to a strong set of Democratic ideals during his time in the House, Murphy earned the highly-visible endorsement of President Obama in his campaign for re-election. We wish Chris the best in representative the people of Connecticut in his first term as US Senator, and look forward to his success in the years to come. Welcome (back) to Washington!