About Senator Murphy

State Senator Matt Murphy was elected to the Illinois Senate in November 2006 and quickly established his legislative priorities upon his arrival in Springfield. He’s a tireless advocate for balanced budgets, job growth and the return of honest and ethical government to Springfield.

Senator Murphy was appointed to be the Senate Republican Deputy Leader in January 2013, after first serving as the Senate Republican Caucus Chair.  He has also served as the co-chairman of the Senate’s Deficit Reduction Committee and served on the Illinois Senate Special Committee on Impeachment Procedures that established the protocols for former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s tribunal, which led to his historic removal from office. 

In the Senate, Senator Murphy serves as the Minority Spokesperson of the Executive, Appropriations I, and Executive Appointments Committees, and sits on the Appropriations II, Energy and Public Utilities, and Insurance Committees. Additionally, he also serves on the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee (JCJRC) and the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR).

The Senator is actively engaged in his community, serving on the executive board for the Palatine Park District Foundation and advisory board for the Preservation of Human Dignity. Senator Murphy is also a member of the Northwest Suburban Alliance on Domestic Violence and the Knights of Columbus Holy Ghost Council #4977.

A native of Mount Prospect, he attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa, and graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1996 with a Juris Doctor. Currently, Senator Murphy is a practicing attorney with Brian J. McManus & Assoc. in Chicago.

He and his wife, Julie, reside with their four children, Erin, Molly, Kevin, and Colleen in Palatine.

The 27th  Senate District includes the communities of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Des Plaines, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mt. Prospect, Palatine, Prospect Heights, and Rolling Meadows.