Former Rep. Patrick Murphy Confirmed As Undersecretary of the Army

Former Rep. Patrick Murphy Confirmed As Undersecretary of the Army

It's official! Former Rep. Patrick Murphy has been confirmed as the Undersecretary of the Army. A veteran of the war in Iraq, he was the first elected to Congress after serving in that conflict.

Murphy served in the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, representing the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, which includes Bucks County and portions of Montgomery County. One of the first members of Congress to support the presidential campaign of Barak Obama, he played a major role in overseeing the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in 2010. 

After serving in Congress, Murphy joined the Philadelphia law firm of Fox Rothschild, where he is a partner. He also hosted a weekly program on MSNBC, "Taking the Hill," calling on his experiences as a veteran of the war in Iraq.

Murphy was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve after graduation from King's College in 1996 and went on active duty following graduation from Widener University's School of Law in 2000. He volunteered for overseas deployment following 9/11 and served in Bosnia in 2002 and as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps in Baghdad during the Iraq War (2003-2004). As a captain in the 82nd Airborne Division, he helped to reconstruct the justice system in Iraq and was part of the team that prosecuted a top aide of Muqtada al-Sadr. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Iraq.