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Patrick Murphy

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Veterans, military, defense policy, politics

Patrick Murphy is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Building upon his congressional career, Murphy will continue to focus on enhancing our national security and supporting military families, making government more efficient for the American taxpayer, and leveling the playing field of gay and transgender Americans and their families.

A former U.S. Congressman and decorated U.S. Army veteran, Patrick Murphy has a long history of service to both public- and private-sector groups in the Philadelphia region, in Washington and nationally. As the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress, he represented Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives after his 2006 election. He served on the House Committee on Appropriations, House Armed Services Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Murphy was the author and chief sponsor of the bill repealing the Defense Department’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy concerning gay service members. He played a significant role in the passage of the 21st Century G.I. Bill, which provides individuals with various resources upon completion of military service. In his military career, Patrick was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve upon his college graduation and eventually branched into the Judge Advocate General, or JAG, Corps.

Murphy attended Bucks County Community College before enrolling at King’s College. He graduated from King’s College in 1996 before being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. He attended law school at the Widener University School of Law.