Senator (Class 3)
ends in 2017
Patricia Lynn “Patty” Murray (née Johns; born October 11, 1950) is the senior United States Senator from Washington and a member of the Democratic Party. Murray was first elected to the Senate in 1992, becoming Washington’s first female senator. She was re-elected in 1998, 2004 and 2010.
Murray has served as the Senate Majority Conference Secretary since 2007, making her the fourth-highest-ranking Democrat and the highest-ranking woman in the Senate. Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2011 to 2013, Murray currently Chairs the Senate Budget Committee and previously served as co-chair of the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. She is currently the 16th most senior member of the United States Senate.