- 1 Early life
- 2 Education/career
- 3 Political career
- 4 Supported by Council for a Livable World
- 5 Council for a Livable World 2016
- 6 Opposed the Iraq War
- 7 Praised Bin Laden's "nation-building"
- 8 Progressive Majority Advisory Committee
- 9 Committees
- 10 EMILY's List
- 11 Communist Party connections
- 12 Party leaders
- 13 PDA contact
- 14 The "Jihad" Caucus
- 15 21st Century Democrats
- 16 Staff
- 17 External links
- 18 References
Born in Bothell, Washington, in 1950, Patty 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.
Murray received her Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Washington State University in 1972. She was a preschool teacher for several years and taught a parenting class at Shoreline Community College from 1984 to 1987.
In the 1980’s, when a state politician told her she “couldn’t make a difference,” Patty 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 become the first woman to represent Washington state in the U.S. Senate. Senator Murray was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010, and is currently Washington’s senior Senator.
Patty Murray has drawn on her experience as a PTA member and a school board president to make education a national priority. She successfully sponsored the bill to help schools hire new, qualified teachers to reduce class size. She has worked to increase Pell grants to make college more affordable, is a national advocate for disadvantaged, homeless, and migrant students, and has fought for improvements to "No Child Left Behind."
Murray has served as the Senate Majority Conference Secretary since 2007, making her the fourth highest-ranking Democrat and the highest-ranking woman in the Senate.
Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2001 to 2003, Murray assumed the role again in early 2011, for a term ending in 2013. She is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Patty Murray in her successful Senate run as candidate for Washington.
The Council also supported Murray in her 2010 election campaign.
According to the 2010 Patty Murray endorsement on the Coalition's website;
- Patty Murray has made a difference, particularly on arms control, nuclear disarmament and foreign policy. In 2002, Murray was one of 23 Senators to vote against the President's request for authority to take military action in Iraq..,In key Senate votes, she supported amendments to bring U.S. troops out of Iraq, opposed funding for a new generation of nuclear weapons and voted against amendments to increase national missile defense funding.
Council for a Livable World 2016
Council for a Livable World Senate endorsed candidates in 2016 were Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Deborah Ross (D-N.C.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), Ted Strickland (D-Ohio).
According to the Council;
- On national security issues, Senator Murray declared, “I have a record of making decisions based on progressive foreign relations principles.”
- “We’re being asked to endorse a policy that hasn’t been thought out and one that could have dramatic consequences for our citizens and our future . . . I cannot support sending our men and women into harm’s way on an ill‑defined, solo mission with so many critical questions unanswered.” She solidified her thoughtful progressive positions when she cast a vote in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement, stating that there are “no more momentous decisions facing a United States Senator than those involving war, peace, and the safety and security of our families” and endorsed “a strong diplomatic solution as the best option.”
- Murray also believes that the U.S. nuclear weapons budget should be reduced because the U.S. has more than enough nuclear weapons, and other security and foreign policy programs are of higher priority.
Opposed the Iraq War
The following is a list of the 23 U.S. Senators voting "Nay" on the Iraq War resolution in October 2002. The vote was 77-23 in favor of the resolution.
Daniel Akaka (D - Hawaii), Jeff Bingaman (D - N.M.), Barbara Boxer (D - Calif.), Robert Byrd (D - W. Va.), Lincoln Chafee (R - R.I.), Kent Conrad (D - N.D.), Jon Corzine (D - N.J.), Mark Dayton (D - Minn.), Dick Durbin (D - Ill.), Russ Feingold (D - Wis.), Bob Graham (D - Fla.) [Retired, 2004], Daniel Inouye (D - Hawaii), Jim Jeffords (I - Vt.), Ted Kennedy (D - Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D - Vt.), Carl Levin (D - Mich.), Barbara Mikulski (D - Md.), Patty Murray (D - Wash.), Jack Reed (D - R.I.), Paul Sarbanes (D - Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D - Mich.), Paul Wellstone (D - Minn.) [Dec. 2002] and Ron Wyden (D - Ore.).
Praised Bin Laden's "nation-building"
In 2002, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told a group of high-school students in her state that the U.S. should adopt Osama bin Laden’s nation-building tactics.
“We’ve got to ask, why is this man so popular around the world?” said Murray, according to the Vancouver Columbian newspaper. “Why are people so supportive of him in many countries that are riddled with poverty?”
The senator, was responding to questions from world history students and student government leaders at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Wash.
Murray said, according to the Vancouver paper, that bin Laden has been “out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. We haven’t done that.”
“How would they look at us today if we had been there helping them with some of that rather than just being the people who are going to bomb in Iraq and go to Afghanistan?” Murray asked.
Progressive Majority Advisory Committee
Senator Murray serves as the chair of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations subcommittee, which oversees the nation’s transportation and housing budget. Murray has advocated for increases in highway funding to help alleviate the transportation problems facing Washington state and communities around the country. She has helped Washington state address its transportation woes by dramatically increasing the annual funding the state receives for specific projects including roads, bridges, railways, airports, and ferries in every corner of the state.
In her role overseeing the Department of Housing and Urban Development's budget, Murray has worked to increase free, effective housing counseling services and increase funding for Community Development Block Grants, HOPE VI and section 8 housing initiatives, and homeless veterans housing.
Senator Murray is also a staunch advocate for America's aerospace industry and has been a leading critic of the Air Force's decision to give a $35 billion air tanker refueling contract to Airbus - a foreign-owned and subsidized company.
Murray has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.
Communist Party connections
CLUW 1997 conference
Speakers at the November 1997 Coalition of Labor Union Women conference in Seattle, included Richard Trumka, and Linda Chavez-Thompson of the AFL-CIO, Nancy Riche, executive VP of of the Canadian Labor Congress and Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington State.
CLUW 2003 Seattle conference
“We’re going to use our saw to trim that shrub,” vowed carpenter and Communist Party USA supporter Pat Stell, using the tools of her trade to describe the role of union women in next year’s presidential campaign. “He is not of sufficient stature to qualify as a bush,” she added to cheers. The vice-president of Washington State Coalition of Labor Union Women welcomed the 800 delegates from local chapters and national unions to that organization’s biennial convention in Seattle, Oct. 9.
CLUW President Gloria Johnson set a tone of determined defiance to the Bush administration “running roughshod over our schools and reproductive rights, invading our privacy, and other nations.” Taking on the Patriot Act and its assault on civil liberties, Johnson challenged the assembly, “Do we want to go back to the days of McCarthyism?” “No!” they roared back. “Hell no!” Johnson added.
CLUW’s role in the 2004 elections is to make the women’s vote the decisive one, said Johnson, who was also a member of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO. CLUW’s officers represent 17 international unions and the striking diversity of the organization’s membership.
Health care was a major focus of the delegates, with five chapters introducing resolutions in support of HR 676, Rep. John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) bill that would provide expanded and improved Medicare-type coverage for all Americans.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) declared that in her state “we don’t just encourage and empower women, we elect ’em.” Both of that state’s U.S. senators are women, as are a majority of its supreme court justices and a larger percentage of state legislators than any other state in the U.S. Murray announced plans for legislation to expand the Family and Medical Leave Act so that parents could take time off work to attend school conferences.
Murray pointed to the convention’s theme “Vision, Voices, Votes” as the same plan of attack that led to victory recently in stopping the Bush administration’s attack on overtime pay. “We need to give people the vision, make their voices heard, and count the votes,” she said.
“In the scheme of things, there are them and us,” said Democratic Socialists of America member and Coalition of Black Trade Unionists President William Lucy, going on to describe “all-out class warfare between those who have the power to make the rich richer and the rest of us who just want a good life.” In the light of 3.1 million jobs lost under Bush, “the stock market going up has nothing to do with you and me,” he added. Lucy asked CLUW members to be recruits in an army to educate the labor movement on the value of labor’s constituency groups. Lucy said these organizations will meet in coming weeks to organize local issue forums and policy seminars. “We need to take the offensive against those who would take us out. We can’t let them pick us off one by one. We are intending to educate this nation about critical issues facing working people. All we have to do is tell the truth.” Lucy called for the rejection of Bush’s $87 billion Iraq fund, calling it merely a down payment for what will be a tremendous financial burden to come.
Christina King, 22, called the convention “an eye-opening experience.” The third-year sound and communications apprentice, a member of IBEW Local 11 in Los Angeles, told Communist Party USA reporter Roberta Wood, “I knew what was going on in the world, it was out there, but I didn’t know how it impacted us, things like health care.”
Communist Party support
In 1998, according to Communist Party of Washington State chairman B. J. Mangaoang, the "Party weighed in to...re-elect Democratic Senator Patty Murray and to unseat three ultra-right GOP house members."
Meeting with Lonnie Nelson
Communist Party USA member Lonnie Nelson, 76, has worked in packing, sorting, vegetable processing and child care, but has never earned more than $8.50 an hour. Now she says she relies on the Puget Sound Labor Agency to keep food on the table, and she wants the unions that support the PSLA food bank to know she is grateful.
"I am really appreciative of the unions that contribute to the Puget Sound Labor Agency's food bank," Nelson said, but added that the problem will only get worse unless unions are strengthened to empower workers to raise wages. "Food banks are trying to pick up the loose ends, but if we keep lowering wages, we're going to have more retirees like myself who don't make enough to get by."
Nelson was part of a roundtable discussion held at the Seattle Labor Temple August 18, 2008 with Sen. Patty Murray, Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess, and several clients and directors of area food banks.
Sen. Murray toured the Puget Sound Labor Agency food bank and then participated in the discussion on growing needs at area food banks caused by food and fuel inflation, and a slumping national economy. She said the farm bill passed earlier this year included improvements for food assistance programs, but much more needs to be done. She added that events like Monday's tour and forum have made her "increasingly aware that as food prices increase, many more families are going hungry."
"This (forum) has been very helpful," Murray said. "At the federal level, we have got to pass a supplemental bill (on food assistance). That's the message I will take back to Congress." 
Social Security birthday
A 75th Birthday Celebration of Social Security featuring US Sen. Patty Murray, US Rep. Jim McDermott and others was held August 16, 2010, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. in Seattle.
There was birthday cake (donated by AFT Washington’s Retirees Chapter) and a sparkling apple cider toast (by the WSLC’s Jeff Johnson) as participants stress the importance of the Social Security system and the importance of stopping those who would use the deficit as an excuse to attack the program and cuts its benefits.
The event was organized by the Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans and Social Security Works – Washington which includes the Coalition of Labor Union Women,Puget Sound Chapter APALA, Seattle Chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program, Western Washington chapter, Washington State Jobs with Justice.
Speakers included Robby Stern, Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans, Will Parry Alliance for Retired Americans, Senator Patty Murray, Rep. Jim McDermott, Bette Reed, Marilyn Watkins, Teresa Mosqueda, Jeff Johnson, Washington State Labor Council.
Grant to communist led board
Roslyn's Old City Hall building was affected by the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, revealing major structural issues with the old building. A committee appointed by the city began working on finding ways to address needed changes in the structure. Fundraising began. A major grant made possible by Sen. Patty Murray sealed the deal for the first phase of the improvements, in September 2010.
"We're very excited to see it begin," he said Monday. "This phase one is crucial to saving this historic building."
Communist Party campaigners
- The highest profile election victory here Nov. 2 was the reelection of Sen. Patty Murray. She defeated Republican Dino Rossi by more than 100,000 votes.
- I was asked to coordinate street-corner "waves" for Murray here in my hometown. We could tell Murray was doing well by the number of motorists, especially women, who honked and gave us the thumbs-up salute, far outnumbering the Republicans who gave us a sour look and the thumbs-down.
- My wife Joyce and I spent one afternoon canvassing for Murray up on Bell Hill, where my family once owned a dairy farm. It is now crowded with luxury homes with panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Mount Baker.
- One wealthy resident told me she had already mailed in her ballot, marked for Patty Murray, and was "praying for our country," that voters reject the lies of the rightwing demagogues. I told her that in my youth, I herded cows on what is now her front lawn...
- Washington State voters helped put up a firewall against the ultra-right in reelecting Murray, blocking a GOP majority takeover of the Senate. Victory was won when the coalition of unions and other progressive organizations succeeded in getting out the vote.
- Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Chairman
- Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Democratic Governors Association Chair
- Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Democratic Congressional Committee Chair
- Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair
In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Walter Kloefkorn, was assigned as contact for Sen. Murray.
The "Jihad" Caucus
In May 2015, a group of 14 U.S. senators, led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to allow 65,000 Syrians into the United States as refugees. This would require a dramatic expansion of the refugee program, and virtually guarantee that a sizable number of ISIS fighters would slip in among them. Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy called these Senators the "Jihad Caucus" because practically speaking, Jihad is what this request will bring.
The 14 senators demanding this massive influx of Syrians were: Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Robert Menendez, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Coons, Tim Kaine, Ed Markey, Sherrod Brown, and Mazie Hirono.
These same 14 had sent another letter in April Demanding action on the Syrians.
“I am proud to stand with an organization that has dedicated itself to upholding some of our country’s most important values, including equity, justice, and civil rights protections for the most vulnerable American citizens.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) (October 2017).
Hosted by CAIR - Washington
- If you're ready to keep working to end anti-Muslim hate and bullying by getting lawmakers to stand publicly and vocally with Muslim families and children, and changing the way mainstream media editors cover our communities, this is for YOU!
- You and your family and friends (especially middle & high school students, as well as couples and families with kids) from the Spokane area are invited to attend a breakfast, training and meetings with Senator Patty Murray’s Central WA Outreach Director Raquel Crowley, Benton County Democrat Party Chair Jay Clough, and others, from 5:30pm to 9pm on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at Islamic Center of Tri-Cities (ICTC) 2900 Bombing Range Road, West Richland, WA. 
21st Century Democrats
21st Century Democrats endorsed Kamala Harris for Senator from California, Patty Murray, Senator Washington, Russ Feingold Senator Wisconsin, Ted Strickland, Senator Ohio, and Steve Bullock, Governor Montana.
Progressive Credentials: Murray’s current focus on worker protections include:
- Calling for an increase in the minimum wage to give millions of workers a raise;
- Introducing the Healthy Families Act to give workers in businesses with 15 or more employees the chance to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick leave, and seven days of unpaid leave for workers in businesses with fewer than 15 employees;
- Working with Senator Sherrod Brown to advocate that the NLRB speed up the union election process; and,
- Joining with Senator Bernie Sanders to lead a group of 26 senators working to strengthen overtime protections for American workers.
The following are past and present staff:
- Carol Cockrill Albert
- Britta Anderson
- Stephanie Arnold
- Shannon Ashpole
- Jared Axelrod
- Sheila Babb
- Michael Bagley
- Marisa Baker
- Connie Barndt
- Ireneo Bartolome
- Sara Belz
- Sherri Berdine
- Jennifer Berg (Jen)
- Steven Bergsbaken
- Nishith Bhatt
- Shawn Bills
- Jeff Bjornstad
- Nathan Blumenthal
- Sarah Bolton
- Crystal Bridgeman
- Amanda Brothers
- Kim Brown
- Paula Burg
- Amrita Candela-Beal
- Colleen Catching
- Katherine Chapman
- Scott Cheney
- Douglas Clapp (Doug)
- Mary Conway
- Carole Cory
- Alyssa Craig
- Antonio Cube
- Sergio Cueva Flores
- John Culton
- Leslie Danz
- Lisa Deitz
- Richard Desimone III (Rick)
- Carrie Desmond
- Colin Dixon
- Moire Duggan
- Ardis Dumett
- Brent Durbin
- Brittany Eddings
- Lindsey Einhaus
- John Engber
- Lindsey Ensor
- Felicia Escobar
- Ariel Evans
- Jamie Pueschel Fasteau
- Gerard Fiala
- Arija Flowers
- John Liu Fogarty
- Kimberly Forrest
- Andrea Lee Friedhoff
- Casey Fromson
- Marygrace Galston
- Catherine Gass (Cathy)
- Muriel Gibson
- Dillon Gilbert
- Alexandra Glass (Alex)
- Mary Kay Glenn
- Adam Goodwin
- Anne Grady
- Elizabeth Grant
- Barbara Greene
- Christy Gullion
- Christian Gunter
- Nathan Hambley
- Shay Michael Hancock
- Jesse Hartness
- Sandra Haskell
- Rachelle Lynn Hein
- Lindsay Herbst
- David Hodges
- Beth Ann Simpson Hoover
- Joshua David Jacobs (Josh)
- Danielle Joesten
- William Kamela
- Ivan Kaplan
- India Kenyea Kidd-Aaron
- Geoff Kirkwood
- Amaia Kirtland
- Kelsey Knowles
- Jordan Knox
- Anna Knudson
- April Kristjansson
- Brian Kristjansson
- Samuel Kussin-Shoptaw (Sam)
- Grant Lahmann
- Rachael Latschaw
- Louis Lauter
- Dale Learn
- Marcus Lee
- Dana Little
- Bethany Little
- Patrick Loney
- Travis Lumpkin
- Ryan Mace
- Zachary Mallove (Zach)
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