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Kathleen Murphy (politician)

Kathleen Murphy
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 34th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2015
Preceded by Barbara Comstock
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) William E. Sudow
Children 6
Residence McLean, Virginia
Alma mater American University
Committees Finance, Privileges and Elections

Kathleen Murphy is an American state representative from the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for the 34th district, encompassing McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Vienna and Loudoun County. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Murphy sits on the House Finance Committee and the Privileges and Elections Committee.

Murphy ran for the 34th district seat in the 2013 elections against incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock, but lost.[1] When Comstock won election to the United States House of Representatives in 2014, Murphy ran in the special election to succeed Comstock in the House of Delegates. Murphy defeated Republican Craig Parisot to win the seat.[2]


  • Background 1
  • 2013 Campaign 2
    • Results 2.1
  • Special Election 3
    • Results 3.1
  • References 4


Murphy is President of Johnson Murphy & Associates, a consulting firm based in McLean that provides strategic counseling and builds legislative strategies for companies and non-profit organizations. Previously she worked as a Senior Advisor for International Trade issues at the Department of Commerce and handled Congressional Affairs at USAID during the Clinton administration. She worked for Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX) where she held a Top Secret security clearance and handled Defense and Foreign Operations appropriations. Murphy helped found Salute Our Services, which helped connect service members deployed overseas with their families and Kids Serve Too, an organization to honor and support children in military families. Kathleen has played a critical role in Women’s Campaign International, an organization dedicated to teaching women in developing countries how to become political leaders, and now serves on their advisory board. She was a founding member of the Congressional Wives Task Force, an advocacy group that focused on nutrition labeling and violence in children’s television.

Murphy is currently a member of the Human Services Council for Fairfax County, the McLean Community Foundation, the Fairfax County Health Care Task Force and serves on a fundraising board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is an active member of the Fairfax County Democratic Party and has worked as a Precinct leader for over 15 years. She graduated from American University, magna cum laude. Murphy is the mother of 4 children and 2 step children. She and her husband, attorney Bill Sudow, are long time McLean residents.[3]

2013 Campaign

In 2013, Murphy ran for the House of Delegates 34th district seat against incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock. She ran a competitive race and lost by less than 1% of the vote, despite being outspent by her Republican opponent more than two to one.[4]


Virginia House of Delegates election: 34th District, 2013[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathleen Murphy 14,540 49.21%
Republican Barbara Comstock 14,962 50.64%
Write-ins 42 0.14%

Special Election

In 2014, when Comstock was elected to the United States House of Representatives, Murphy ran in the special election to succeed Comstock in the Virginia House of Delegates. Murphy defeated Republican Craig Parisot to win the seat.[6]


Virginia House of Delegates election: 34th District, 2015[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathleen Murphy 6,419 51.23%
Republican Craig A. Parisot 6,093 48.63%
Write-ins 16 0.12%


  1. ^ Antonio Olivo (6 November 2013). "GOP poised to keep advantage in Va. House". Washington Post. 
  2. ^ Antonio Olivo (6 January 2015). "Democrat Murphy beats Parisot in House of Delegates race in Northern Virginia". Washington Post. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Elections: House of Delegates District 34". 
  5. ^ a b "Official Results - General Election - November 5, 2013". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Elections: House of Delegates District 34". 
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