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(I)NTERVIEW - Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is seeking to take his young political career to the next level. While fulfilling his eight years of service in Connecticut’s House of Representatives and Connecticut’s Senate, Murphy brought attention to environmental protection and juvenile justice reform. He was later elected as Connecticut’s Congressional Representative from the state’s 5th congressional district in 2006.

Murphy has made a name for himself by initiating the formation of the Office of Congressional Ethics as well as helping to draft the House of Representatives’ health care reform legislation. One of his most notable political positions has been his place on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, upon which Murphy criticized for-profit government contractors operating in Iraq.

An unwavering Democrat, Murphy has also served on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, during which Murphy has helped shape relations with countries throughout the Middle East and South Asia. Following these political accomplishments, Murphy looks to elevate his career to the United States Senate this November. Murphy currently resides in Cheshire, Connecticut, along with his wife and two sons.

Throughout his interview with the CBPN Media Lab, Murphy described how his childhood ambitions involved a passion for sports, with baseball being a particular favorite. Murphy went on to describe how his political ambitions stem from his desire to lift his family, along with the families of everyone he represents, out of the shackles of poverty.

With a wry grin and a chuckle, Murphy revealed some little-known information about his time as the quarterback for Oxford College’s American football team. Murphy also details his experiences as a devoted father, and how interacting with his young children continues to amaze and motivate him on a daily basis. Chris Murphy’s stalwart drive and thorough dedication is evident in his rapid, focused political rise, a rise that Murphy hopes to continue this November.

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