Patrick Erin Murphy (born March 30, 1983) is an American accountant, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the U.S. Representative for Florida's 18th congressional district since 2013. Murphy was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, defeating Republican incumbent Allen West by 0.8% in the most expensive U.S. House race in history. Despite the narrow Republican lean of Murphy's district, he was re-elected with 60% of the vote in 2014. In March of 2015 he announced his intentions to run in the United States Senate election in Florida, 2016 to replace the retiring Marco Rubio, who is running for President.
Murphy was born in Miami and raised in Key Largo. Murphy attended Palmer Trinity School in Miami from grades 7-12 before graduating from the elite Lawrenceville School, a private prep school in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, in 2002. He says he worked as a construction laborer for his family's company while going to college at University of Miami.
As a 19-year-old freshman college student in 2003, Murphy was arrested outside a Miami Beach night club on charges of disorderly intoxication and possessing a fake driver license. The arrest affidavit said Murphy and his friend were escorted from the club by security, appeared drunk and were disrupting business and assaulting customers, with Murphy receiving a black eye from a fight. After being warned they would be arrested if they didn't leave, Murphy and his friend left in a cab, but the cab returned with the driver complaining that the passengers were drunk and refused to pay. The intoxication charge was ultimately dropped for lack of evidence and the fake ID charge was dismissed. Murphy called the incident "the biggest mistake of my life" and the "biggest learning experience of my life"...
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