About Chairman Patty Murray
Originally known for her work on education and children’s issues, Senator Patty Murray has become a leading figure on the nation's budget, transportation, border and port security, healthcare, economic development and veteran's issues. Senator Murray is serving her fourth term in the U.S. Senate as a member of the Democratic Leadership.
In 2013, Senator Murray became the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. She has consistently fought for budgets that work for families and communities, cut spending responsibly, and call on the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. As the chair of the committee, she is committed to bringing more Americans into the budget process, giving them a seat at the table to share their stories and budget priorities.
Patty Murray never planned to enter politics. But in the 1980’s, when a state politician told her she “couldn’t make a difference,” Murray led a grassroots coalition of 13,000 parents to save a local preschool program from budget cuts. She went on to serve on the local school board, and in 1988 was elected to the Washington State Senate.
In 1992, Murray ran for the United States Senate as a voice for Washington families who were not being heard in the Senate. Dramatically outspent, Murray ran a grassroots campaign of family, friends, supporters, and public interest groups to beat a 10-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives and became the first woman to represent Washington state in the U.S. Senate. Senator Murray was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010 and is Washington’s senior Senator.
Born in Bothell, Washington, Murray is one of seven children. Her father earned the Purple Heart as one of the first G.I.’s to land on Okinawa. He returned home to run a local five and ten cents shop on Main Street in Bothell. Her mother was a homemaker and accountant. Murray is a graduate of Washington State University. She is married to Rob Murray and has two grown children, Sara and Randy. Randy and his wife Erin have a son, Aidan, the Murrays' first grandchild. Patty Murray enjoys fishing, exploring Washington state’s great outdoors and spending time with her family.
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