Murray, Patty

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  • Patty Murray (1950–) is a four-time U.S. senator from the state of Washington and is the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from that state. Initially elected in 1992, Murray has served as senator since January 1993, also winning elections in 1998, 2004, and 2010.

    Murray was born on October 11, 1950, in Bothell, Washington, and is a graduate of Washington State University. She is married to Rob, and the couple has two children, Sara and Randy. In 1979, Murray petitioned the state legislature, asking it to not cut funding for a preschool program. A state legislator derisively called her a “mom in tennis shoes,” a nickname she later used while campaigning, and told her she couldn't make a difference. Murray in ...

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