Patty Murray

Born:October 11, 1950 (age 69)
Career:U.S. Senate, 1993-present
Washington State Senate, 1988-1993
Education:B.A., Washington State University

Patty Murray assumed office as Washington's United States senator in January 1993, becoming the state's first female senator.

Murray was born October 11, 1950, in Bothell, Washington. In 1972, she graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, she worked as a preschool teacher and taught parenting classes at Shoreline Community College. In 1988, Murray was elected to the Washington State Senate.

While in the U.S. Senate, Murray has made education a national priority. She sponsored a bill to help schools hire new, qualified teachers to reduce their class size. She also worked to increase Pell grants to make college more affordable. Murray has also been an advocate for disadvantaged, homeless, and migrant students and has fought for improvements to No Child Left Behind. Murray first woman to serve on and to chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

For more information on Murray's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on


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