A historic leader and trailblazer
When Patty Murray first began her political career, she was dismissively referred to as a “mom in tennis shoes,” but since her historic election she’s been a trailblazing force in the Senate. Senator Murray became the first woman to represent Washington State in the Senate after her election during the historic Year of the Woman. Since then she’s achieved a number of other notable firsts — including first woman to chair the Senate Budget Committee and first woman to chair the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
A champion for women and families
Senator Murray has been one of the most influential and forceful advocates in the Senate for policies that benefit women and families. As Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, she worked tirelessly to defend crucial programs from GOP budget cuts. Following the 2013 government shutdown, Senator Murray negotiated a two-year budget — the first budget passed by the Senate in four years — that reduced sequestration cuts and preserved essential government programs. Senator Murray is now the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and uses that position to put a spotlight on women’s health and economic issues and advocate for necessary reforms, including equal pay protections and an increase in the minimum wage. She has fought to protect women’s access to reproductive healthcare and expand access to affordable child care. And in 2015, Senator Murray introduced the Healthy Families Act, a bill which would ensure paid sick leave benefits.
A reelection victory
EMILY’s List has been a strong supporter of Patty Murray since her first election to the U.S. Senate in 1992, helping her through tough elections and narrow victories. In Washington’s top-two primary system, Senator Murray faced a crowded primary before moving on to a contested general election in 2016. The EMILY’s List community showed our strong early support for Senator Murray and stood with her every step of the way to victory.