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Austin Murphy
Austin Murphy.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byJoseph Gaydos
Succeeded byFrank Mascara
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byThomas Morgan
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 46th district
In office
January 5, 1971 – January 4, 1977
Preceded byWilliam Lane
Succeeded byBarry Stout
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 48th district
In office
January 7, 1969 – November 19, 1970
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byBarry Stout
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the Washington County district
In office
January 6, 1959 – November 30, 1968
Personal details
Austin John Murphy

(1927-06-17) June 17, 1927 (age 94)
North Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationDuquesne University (BA)
University of Pittsburgh (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1944–1946 (active)
1948–1951 (reserve)
UnitUnited States Marine Corps Reserve

Austin John Murphy (born June 17, 1927) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1995.

Born in North Charleroi, Pennsylvania, Murphy grew up in New London, Connecticut. He later returned to Charleroi and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946. He earned a B.A. at Duquesne University in 1949 and an LL.B. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1952 and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1953. He practiced law in Washington, Pennsylvania, and was an assistant district attorney for Washington County from 1956 to 1957. Murphy started his political career as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he served from 1959 to 1971. He then served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1971 to 1977.[1][2] In 1976, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, replacing longtime incumbent Thomas E. Morgan.[3] He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1984 and 1988.


Murphy was reprimanded by the 100th Congress in December 1987 for ghost voting and misusing House funds. He diverted government resources to his former law firm, had a ghost employee on his House payroll and had someone else cast votes for him in the House. The scandal ultimately led to his decision not to seek reelection in 1994.[4]

In May, 1999, Murphy was indicted by a Fayette County grand jury of engaging in voter fraud. He was charged with forgery, conspiracy and tampering with public records. Murphy insisted that he was only trying to help elderly nursing home residents fill out paperwork that accompanied an absentee ballot. According to the grand jury, Murphy and two others forged absentee ballots for residents of the nursing home and then added Murphy's wife, Eileen Murphy, as a write-in candidate for township election judge. The next month, following closed-door negotiations, all but one of the voter fraud charges were dropped. Following the hearing, he left the building by a back door to avoid an angry crowd outside. He was sentenced to six months probation and fifty hours of community service.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate – 1977-1978" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  2. ^ Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "M"". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  3. ^ Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1987). The Almanac of American Politics 1988. National Journal. p. 1056.
  4. ^ "Austin murphy won't run again democrat beset by controversies leaving congress". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 19, 1994.
  5. ^ Heltzel, Bill (June 22, 1999). "Six of seven charges against Austin Murphy dismissed". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 10, 2017.

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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

Constituency abolished
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded byas Former US Representative Order of precedence of the United States
as Former US Representative
Succeeded byas Former US Representative
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