Matt Murphy (Illinois politician)

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Matt Murphy
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 2007 (2007-Jan)
Preceded by Wendell Jones
Personal details
Born (1970-03-11) March 11, 1970 (age 51)
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Murphy
Children Four
Residence Palatine, Illinois
Alma mater John Marshall Law School (J.D.)
University of Iowa (B.S.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholicism

Matt Murphy (born March 11, 1970) is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 27th district since 2007. The 27th district includes parts of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Palatine, Wheeling, Prospect Heights and South Barrington.[1]

Early life & career

Murphy grew up in Mt. Prospect and attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He has served as a Harper College Trustee and as a Trustee of the Greater Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a practicing attorney with Brian J. McManus & Associates, a law firm devoted to representing claimants in personal injury lawsuits. In 2003, Murphy was elected to the Harper College Board of Trustees for a six year term.[2] He resides in Palatine with his wife, Julie, and their four children.

Illinois Senate

Murphy was elected to the Illinois Senate on November 7, 2006 defeating Peter Gutzmer to succeed retiring Republican Senator Wendell Jones. Murphy won the Republican primary on March 21, 2006 defeating Mayor of Palatine Rita Mullins. He was re-elected in 2008.

Murphy was narrowly defeated in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois on February 2, 2010, by Jason Plummer.[3] In 2013, Murphy decline to run to become the Chair of the Illinois Republican Party.[4]


  1. "PA 97-0006 Legislative District 27" (PDF). 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2015-11-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Plummer officially GOP nominee for lt. gov. Rockford Register Star, Gatehouse News Service, February 4, 2010
  4. Miller, Rich (2013-05-09). "State Senator Matt Murphy out: Injured on ball field and withdraws from state GOP top job". Illinois Times. Retrieved 2015-11-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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