MURRAY, Patty, A Senator from Washington; born in Seattle, King County, Wash., October 11, 1950; graduated, Washington State University 1972; education volunteer 1977-1984; instructor, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Wash., 1984-1987; citizen lobbyist for environmental and educational issues 1983-1988; member, board of directors, Shoreline School District 1985-1989, serving as president and legislative representative for two terms; member, Washington state senate 1988-1992, Democratic whip 1990-1992; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1992; reelected in 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016, and again in 2022 for the term ending January 3, 2029; president pro tempore (January 3, 2023-); chairwoman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2001-2003, 2011-2013); Democratic Conference secretary (2007-2017); assistant Democratic leader (2017-2023); chair, Committee on Veterans Affairs (One Hundred Twelfth Congress), Committee on the Budget (One Hundred Thirteenth Congress), Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (One Hundred Seventeenth Congress).

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Murray, Patty, et al., Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate. New York: Perennial, 2001.

"Patty Murray," in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Appropriations
  • House Committee - Budget
  • House Committee - Veterans' Affairs
  • Joint Committee - Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction - Chair
  • Joint Committee - Joint Committee on Printing
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