Pat Murphy is serving his 12th term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He serves on the Appropriations, Labor and Transportation committees. Throughout his term in the House, he has worked on numerous issues related to human services, health care, and appropriations. As House Speaker he has championed a number of Democratic priorities including raising the minimum wage, increasing K-12 teacher salaries to the national average, expanding preschool programs, promoting “green jobs” by encouraging the expansion of Iowa’s renewable energy industry, expanding health insurance coverage, and supporting Iowa’s veterans.
Pat Murphy was born on August 24, 1959, the ninth of ten children in the family of Larry and Eileen Murphy. He was born, raised and educated in Dubuque where his father worked for U.S. West and AT&T.
Pat graduated from Wahlert High School in 1977 and received his B.A. from Loras College in 1980 in speech communication with minors in political science and history. In addition to operating his own business, he has worked in various capacities at Mercy Health Center, CyCare Systems Inc. as a quality assurance analyst/document specialist, and Hillcrest Family Services as a youth care worker. He most recently served on the faculty at Northeast Iowa Community College.
Pat married Teri Ann Gulick in 1980. Teri was most recently employed as an emergency room nurse at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. They have four children, all of whom attended St. Joseph’s grade school in Dubuque: Jacob, John, Joe and Natalie. They attend St. Joseph’s the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque. He also has six grandchildren.
Pat has been a state representative since winning a special election in 1989. He was the ranking Democratic member of the House Appropriations Committee from 1995-2003 and was elected Democratic leader in 2003. As leader of the House Democrats, he directed the 2004 legislative campaign that picked up three additional Democratic seats in the House and the 2006 legislative campaign that took back the majority with 54 Democratic seats. He was elected as Speaker of the Iowa House in January, 2007 and was re-elected as Speaker in 2008 after Democrats picked up several more seats.
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