Patrick Murphy

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Patrick Murphy, an Iraq War veteran, former West Point professor, criminal prosecutor, and Congressman. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia. Murphy, a member of the Democratic Party, defeated GOP freshman U.S. House Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania's 8th District, Bucks County and a small slice of Philadelphia suburbs. (See Pennsylvania U.S. House election, 2006.) Murphy is one of the Fighting Dems.

Worked his way through high school and college, delivering newspapers, waiting tables, as a factory worker. Started out at Bucks County Community College in 1991, went on to King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, became a cadet in the Army ROTC program, captain of the hockey team, and student body presidentc, graduated with a double major, commissioned as an officer with the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Went to Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and president of the St. Thomas More Society, worked in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic, served as the legislative aide to Representative Thomas Tangretti, a Democrat from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

He has lectured at the U.S. Air Force Academy and at the International Institute for Humanitarian Rights in San Remo, Italy. also taught American government as an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary College, currently lectures at the Widener University School of Law, and volunteers his time as a mentor to college and law school students. He most recently practiced law at Cozen O’Connor.

Served two deployments after 9/11 — the first to Bosnia in 2002 and the second to Baghdad, Iraq in 2003-2004 as a paratrooper with the 82d Airborne Division.

In Iraq, Captain Murphy advised on offensive operations, initiated reconstruction efforts within the justice system, trained the new Iraqi Civil Defense Corps on the rules of engagement and was instrumental in the prosecution of Sheik Moyad, a radical lieutenant of Muqtada Sadr. For his service, Patrick earned the Bronze Star and his unit earned the Presidential Unit Citation.

Murphy was elected in 2006 as part of the D-Day Revolution.

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