Murphy was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 20th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 1994.
He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 22nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1977 to 1992.
In 1987, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Murphy for improper use of official resources and violation of House rules regarding voting and recommended reprimand, 11-0. On Dec. 18, 1987, the House of Representatives reprimanded him, 324-68.
|Dec. 16, 1987||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended reprimand, 11-0|
|Dec. 18, 1987||House of Representatives reprimanded, 324-68|
Murphy is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Murphy sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Murphy was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2710 (101st): Fair Labor Standards Amendments of 1989
- H.R. 5614 (99th): A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to require that wages based on individual productivity be paid to handicapped workers employed under certificates ...
- H.J.Res. 590 (99th): A joint resolution to designate June 21, 1986, as “National Save American Industry and Jobs Day”.
- H.R. 1904 (98th): Child Abuse Amendments of 1984
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Murphy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Labor and Employment (38%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Health (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Law (8%) Families (6%) Transportation and Public Works (4%) Economics and Public Finance (4%)
Some of Murphy’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 589 (103rd): To express my deep appreciation and gratitude to my current and former ...
- H.J.Res. 421 (103rd): Designating the week of November 6, 1994 through November 12, 1994, “National ...
- H.R. 5043 (103rd): Missing Service Personnel Act of 1994
- H.R. 4825 (103rd): To amend title 5, United States Code, to establish procedures for the ...
- H.R. 4415 (103rd): Black Lung Benefits Restoration Act of 1994
- H.R. 4150 (103rd): To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to make uniform ...
- H.R. 3753 (103rd): For the relief of Thomas R. Dahlberg.
From Jan 1977 to Nov 1994, Murphy missed 637 of 9,321 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. This is worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills