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Phone: (412) 344-5583

Address: 504 Washington Road, Pittsburgh PA 15228-2817

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Phone: (724) 850-7312

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Address: 2040 Frederickson Place, Greensburg PA 15601-9688

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Tim Murphy Biography
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  • Elected: 2002, 6th term.
  • District: Pennsylvania 18
  • Born: Sep. 11, 1952, Cleveland, OH
  • Home: Upper St. Clair
  • Education:

    Wheeling Jesuit U., B.S. 1974, Cleveland St. U., M.S. 1976, U. of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. 1979

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing psychologist, 1976-2002; author.

  • Political Career:

    PA Senate, 1996-2002

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Nan); 1 children

Republican Tim Murphy, elected in 2002, has used his background as a psychologist and his seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee to play a role in debates over health care. He is a fairly reliable Republican, but occasionally shows some independence and draws just enough backing from labor unions to hold off Democratic challenges. Read More

Republican Tim Murphy, elected in 2002, has used his background as a psychologist and his seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee to play a role in debates over health care. He is a fairly reliable Republican, but occasionally shows some independence and draws just enough backing from labor unions to hold off Democratic challenges.

Murphy grew up in Cleveland, Ohio in a family of 11 children. He took up the guitar as a teenager, becoming accomplished enough to play in bands that opened for folk legend John Hartford and banjo master Earl Scruggs. He graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University, got a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and became a child psychologist. He worked in several Pittsburgh area hospitals and was an adjunct faculty member in public health and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. He became well-known locally as “Dr. Tim,” offering advice in television appearances and on radio talk shows. He also co-authored the book, The Angry Child: Regaining Control When Your Child is Out of Control. After getting elected to Congress, he co-authored another book titled, Overcoming Passive-Aggression.

In 1996, Murphy was elected to the state Senate, where he sponsored a Patients’ Bill of Rights and increased funding for medical research. Back then, redistricters drew the 18th District U.S. House seat with Murphy in mind. He was unopposed in the Republican primary, and presented himself as an experienced and accomplished legislator who opposed abortion rights and supported gun ownership. He had extensive support from state and national Republicans and outspent Democratic nominee Jack Machek, a school district administrator. Murphy won 60%-40%, an impressive showing in an open seat race.

In the House, Murphy has kept a fairly low profile. “He’s measured. He doesn’t provoke controversy,” Franklin & Marshall University politics professor G. Terry Madonna told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 2007 and 2009, he backed the Democrats’ plan to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and he has supported several priorities of labor unions, including a bill to make unionizing easier called the Employee Free Choice Act, which business groups vehemently opposed. But he reversed his position on the issue in 2012, prompting the conservative Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s editorial page—which frequently jabs at him—to call him “a weasel.” He took enough conservative fiscal positions on other issues that year to lift his rating on the Club for Growth’s legislative scorecard to 68%; his lifetime rating from the anti-tax group had been just 50%.

With a seat on Energy and Commerce since 2005, Murphy has focused in particular on programs for military veterans with mental illness and on improving security for their medical records. After the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre focused attention on mental illness and violence, he told National Journal that his oversight subcommittee would conduct “a thorough overview” of federal programs to determine “what role mental illness plays in outbreaks of violence.” In recent years, he also worked with Texas Democrat Gene Green to get a bill through the House to address the shortage of doctors in underserved communities.

On energy issues, Murphy and Oklahoma Democrat Dan Boren led an effort in January 2011 to convince Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to impose regulatory burdens on companies using hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking,” to extract natural gas. The technique has been blamed for groundwater contamination. Murphy later announced his interest in promoting small “modular” nuclear reactors that could power individual neighborhoods.

On other issues, Murphy sought in 2010 to assist domestic manufacturers to seek relief from years of underpriced Chinese imports. He sponsored a bill with Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan that passed the House to permit the Commerce Department to impose countervailing duties on imported goods of countries found to have undervalued their currency. He also has sought to keep open his district’s 911th Airlift Wing, which employs about 300 civilians and more than 1,000 Air Force reservists.

Murphy has not been seriously challenged for reelection. He did draw a GOP primary opponent in 2012—Evan Feinberg, a 28-year-old tea party favorite who brandished endorsements from his former bosses, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn. But Feinberg failed to gain any traction, and Murphy won 63%-37%. He then coasted in November with 64% over underfunded Democrat Larry Maggi.

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Tim Murphy Election Results
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2012 General
Tim Murphy (R)
Votes: 216,727
Percent: 63.96%
Larry Maggi (D)
Votes: 122,146
Percent: 36.04%
2012 Primary
Tim Murphy (R)
Votes: 32,854
Percent: 63.44%
Evan Feinberg (R)
Votes: 18,937
Percent: 36.56%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (67%), 2008 (64%), 2006 (58%), 2004 (63%), 2002 (60%)
Tim Murphy Votes and Bills
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Economic 34 (L) : 66 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C) 36 (L) : 63 (C)
Social 38 (L) : 59 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C) 43 (L) : 56 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 20 (L) : 73 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 27.7 (L) : 72.3 (C) 38.8 (L) : 61.2 (C) 33.5 (L) : 66.5 (C)
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The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

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Key House Votes

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    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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