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Patty Murray

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Patty Murray
U.S. Senior Senator, Washington
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 3)

January 5, 1993
Serving with Maria Cantwell

Preceded by Brock Adams
Born October 11, 1950
Spouse Rob Murray
Religion Roman Catholic

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Patty Murray is the Senior Senator for Washington.


Legislative Career

State senator, 1988-1992 Senior US Senator of Washington State, 1993-Present


In the 80's, when a politician told Patty Murray that she "couldn't make a difference because she was just a mom in tennis shoes", she responded by gathering a coalition of 13,000 parents to save funding for a local preschool. Fresh off of this success, Murray ran for the local school board, and won. In 1988, she won a seat in the Washington State Senate. In 1992, Murray was among the few Democrats to challenge then-US senator Brock Adams over allegations of sexual misconduct. Rather than face her in a primary challenge, Adams resigned, and Murray was elected in 1992, the Year of the Woman. In 1998, Murray was only the third female senator to face a female opponent. The Republicans boasted proudly and loudly that far-right Linda Smith would claim victory. Instead, Murray stomped her competition with a whopping 58-42 win, a victory so surprising that Murray not only defeated Smith, but also killed Smith's entire political career.

Murray chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2001-2002 cycle. Murray was one of 21 senators to vote against the Iraq war in 2002. Later that year she faced an ugly controversy due to remarks she made about Osama Bin Laden.

Sen. Murray defeated Republican opponent George Nethercutt in 2004, taking 53% of the votes compared to Nethercutt's 43%. Nethercutt was previously a representative from Washington's 5th Congressional district.


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This page was last modified 23:20, 24 February 2008 by dKosopedia user DrDebug. Based on work by Chad Lupkes and dKosopedia user(s) Harkov311, Allamakee Democrat, JamesB, Bink, Martha, JamesB3 and Kagro X. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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