Patty Murray

Patricia Lynn Murray (born October 11, 1950) is the senior United States Senator from Washington. A member of the Democratic Party, Murray was first elected to the Senate in 1992 and has held the position ever since, becoming Washington's first female U.S. senator. She is currently the Senate Majority Conference Secretary, the fifth-highest rank in the caucus. Murray is the third female conference secretary and one of two female senators in the Senate's Democratic leadership. Murray was the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2001 to 2003, and she is now a senior member of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations and the chairwoman of its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Sen. Murray may be challenged next year by Diane Tebelius, a former federal prosecutor and candidate for Congress. Murray was born in Bothell, Washington to Beverly A. McLaughlin and David L. Johns. Her father fought in World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. Her mother was an accountant. Murray received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University in 1972. She was a preschool teacher for several years and
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