Meet the Freshmen: Senator-Elect Chris Murphy (D-CT)

In this series of “Meet the Freshmen” blog posts, we will introduce the seven newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation.  During the week of November 19, we’ll take a look at the newly-elected members of the Senate.  During the week of November 26, we’ll introduce the newest members of the House.  NEC members can read about all seven new members of our region’s delegation in a special edition Weekly Washington Report in the Members Only section of our website.

Chris Murphy is currently completing his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives and will switch chambers in January. In launching his bid for Senate, Mr. Murphy said he will continue to focus on jobs and restarting the American Economy. He has a record of supporting labor and manufacturing jobs and in 2010 founded the Buy American Caucus to highlight the off-shoring of jobs by the government, specifically the Department of Defense. He says investment in infrastructure, education and science must be maintained while cutting the debt and the deficit. He has supported the Democratic agenda and an overhaul of the tax code that would increase taxes on the nation’s highest income brackets. He is also an advocate of the 2010 health care reform and says he would like to see filibuster reform in the Senate. Obtaining 55 percent of the vote, Murphy beat Republican contender Linda McMahon to take the seat of retiring independent Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). It was Mrs. McMahon’s second bid for the Senate. Mr. Murphy has previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives and the Connecticut Senate. At 39, Mr. Murphy will be the youngest Senator in the 113th Congress. See Murphy’s Campaign Website or Murphy’s House of Representatives Website.

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