Pat Murphy

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Pat Murphy is a former State Representative from Iowa.

Mike Lux friend

On Friday March 7 2009 a host team was formed of a "bunch of my old friends in Des Moines" threw a book party for Mike Lux at Don Rios Cantina. Lux's book was "The Progressive Revolution:How the Best in America Came to Be".

The team included Speaker of the Iowa House Pat Murphy and other hosts, Robin Ahnen-Cacciatore, Betty Ahrens, Holly Armstrong, John Cacciatore, Jerry Crawford, Mark Daley, Tim Gannon, Nader Halawa, Jeff Link, Brad Lint, Dave Leshtz, Jennifer Mullin, Jeani Murray, Marcia Nichols, Matt Paul, Aaron Pickrell, Sheila Riggs, Don Rowen & Virginia Rowen, Joe Shannahan, Mike Tramontina, Jessica Vandenberg, Lola Velazquez-Aguilu,Margi Weiss, Nate Willems, Bill Wimmer[1]


Pat Murphy told Iowa Public Radio that there are “13 million undocumented Americans here,” and they should be given a pathway to citizenship in exchange for community service.[2]

Illegal immigrants will become terrorists

Breitbart reported on Pat Murphy's comments:

“If they’re gonna be refugees, which, some, several of them are going to be, we need to make sure that we have–one, we take care of them, and we create a pathway for citizenship and set up education for them so they don’t become the same problem that we’re currently having in the Middle East–that they’ll be terrorists a generation from now,” Murphy told Iowa Public Radio... Murphy also said the illegal immigrant juveniles, nearly 90% of whom are teenagers, should be treated “like they’re our children or our grandchildren.”[3]

Debt Free College

Pat Murphy endorsed debt-free higher education in Iowa, advocating "increasing amounts for federal Pell grants."

"'This has a huge ripple effect through our economy, because the bottom line is the students that are graduating, they can purchase homes, they can go out and purchase cars and reinvest in the economy, but they aren’t doing that if they’re graduating' with thousands of dollars in debt, Murphy said."[4]

Other local activists mentioned in the 2015 article are Chris Schwartz, Gary Kroeger, Logun Buckley, Joe Gorton.

Supported Progressive Health Care Reform

In late 2009, Pat Murphy was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,[5]

"Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Progressive Change Campaign Committee helped 5 candidates from the "Elizabeth Warren wing" of American politics including Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Brian Schatz (HI-Sen), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Pat Murphy (IA-1) defeat more conservative opponents in tough 2014 primary battles.[6]

ARA endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Pat Murphy in 2014.[7]