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2012 Elections » Candidate Profiles » Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut, U.S. Senate)

NOW/PAC is proud to endorse Chris Murphy (D) who is running in an open seat election for U.S. Senate in Conn. Senator Joe Lieberman (I) is retiring, leaving Murphy and McMahon (R) to compete for the seat.

Murphy was elected to Connecticut's Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representative in 2006 and is currently serving his third term. Throughout Murphy's time in public service, he has fought for equal rights and protections for all Americans no matter their sexual orientation or gender. He has advocated for the federal government to abandon the Defense of Marriage Act, and supported legislation to end employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Prior to his service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Murphy served for eight years in the Conn. General Assembly. He led the fight in the Conn. State Legislature to require emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms. Murphy also worked to fully fund breast and cervical cancer screening at Connecticut hospitals.

Murphy has made women's health issues a top priority while in office because he believes that it has not received enough attention or resources. Murphy served as a member of the House Pro-Choice caucus. He stood up against the "Protect Life Act," which would severely jeopardize women's access to reproductive health care services. Congressman Murphy has cosponsored the Prevention First Act to lower the cost of family planning services for low-income women, require private health plans to cover FDA-approved prescription contraceptives, and mandate that hospitals receiving federal funds provide victims of sexual assault with information and access to emergency contraception. Murphy is a proud member of the Equality Caucus in the House of Representatives. He voted for and helped pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Murphy has always worked to be a proponent of legislation to bring awareness to and help prevent violence against women. He is an active advisory board member of the Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington which provides domestic violence, sexual assault, transitional housing, and outreach and education services. He has supported efforts to reauthorize, improve and fund the Violence Against Women Act. Murphy supported the long-overdue Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which closed gaps in federal law by providing federal assistance in the cases of a hate crime committed against persons because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

For more information please visit Murphy's campaign website.


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