Patrick Murphy has had a variety of "titles" over the years, such as Iraq War veteran, Congressman, attorney, veterans advocate and, most recently, host of the widely praised MSNBC television show "Taking The Hill." The 41-year-old Philadelphia native may soon add the title Under Secretary of the Army, for which he was nominated by President Obama.
The first Iraq War veteran elected to the House of Representatives in 2006, Murphy joined the law firm of Fox Rothschild after serving two terms in Congress, where he was an outspoken critic of the Iraq War. An active spokesman for veterans ever since, Murphy has been a frequent guest on The Welcome Home Show, hosted by Joe Griffies on WIBG radio on Saturdays, where such issues as veteran's health care, homelessness, suicide, job opportunities, recognition and the families left behind are discussed.
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.