Patty Murray (D-WA)

Patty Murray

Senator Patty Murray, a strong supporter for women’s rights, is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate from Washington.

Background and Achievements

Murray is one of the nation’s most powerful senators, and has served in the Democratic Senate leadership since 2007. She is the first woman to chair both the Senate Budget Committee and Veteran Affairs Committee, and has also served on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Murray ranks fourth in leadership among Senate Democrats, and is now the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Murray uses her position to put a spotlight on women’s health and economic issues.


Positions on Key Issues

  • Supports equal pay legislation
  • Supports raising the minimum wage – introduced Raise the Wage Act
  • Supports strong violence against women legislation
  • Supports reproductive rights and access to affordable reproductive healthcare
  • Supports marriage equality
  • Helped pass healthcare reform legislation that provides millions of women with access to critical preventive health services without cost sharing
  • Introduced Affordability is Access Act, a bill ensuring that insurance companies cover over the counter birth control pill without a prescription and without cost sharing
  • Introduced the 21st Century Women’s Health Act to expand access to birth control for low-income women and ensure free emergency contraception to survivors of rape
  • Introduced SAME Act, a bill that ensures all same-sex spouses receive equal treatment under the Social Security Act when applying for Social Security benefits, regardless of where they live

Prospects & Opponents

Murray is expected to win her bid for re-election. Potential Republican opponents include former state Attorney General Rob McKenna and Rep. Dave Reichert, though in Murray’s words, “You and I now have an opponent in my re-election campaign – the Koch brothers.” Murray has told supporters, “David and Charles Koch’s names won’t actually be on the ballot in Washington State, but their fingerprints are going to be all over this election.”


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