Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen Murphy 1


Current Position: State Delegate since 2015
Affiliation: Democratic
Mission Statement: N/A

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1034

District Office
P.O. Box 146
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: (804) 698-1034

Legislative Assistant: Claire Mc Cormack
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mary Ann Christian

Email Links: DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov

Websites: Government Pages, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Political Career

Source: Campaign

Campaign Finance

Source: Follow the Money

Voting Record

See: Ballotpedia

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Kathleen MurphyAbout

From Campaign Website

Prior to her service in the General Assembly, Kathleen was President of Johnson Murphy & Associates – a McLean consulting firm providing strategic counseling and legislative strategies for companies and non-profit organizations. During the Clinton Administration, she worked as a Senior Advisor for International Trade issues at the Department of Commerce and handled Congressional Affairs at USAID. Previously, she was senior staff for Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX), where she handled Defense and Foreign Operations appropriations. Throughout her career, Kathleen has held a Top Secret Security clearance.

Kathleen helped found Salute Our Services, which was created to connect deployed service members to their families. She also helped found Kids Serve Too, an organization to honor and support children in military families. Kathleen played a critical role in Women’s Campaign International, an organization dedicated to teaching women in developing countries how to become political leaders, and was a founding member of the Congressional Wives Task Force, an advocacy group that focused on ensuring accurate nutrition labeling on food products and decreasing violence in children’s television.

Kathleen is a member of the McLean Community Foundation. She served on the Human Services Council for Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Health Care Task Force. She serves on a fundraising board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She graduated from American University magna cum laude. Kathleen is the mother of four children. She and her husband, Bill Sudow, are long time McLean residents.

Personal Information

  • Birth Year: 1948
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Spouse: William E. Sudow
  • Children: Mark, Emily Hynes, Elizabeth, Amanda, Elyse Howard, and Alyson Bailey
  • Membership & Affiliation: McLean Community Foundation
    Fairfax County Human Services Council
    Fairfax County Health Care Task Force
    Cystic Fibrosis Committee
    McLean Chamber of Commerce
    McLean Community Association
    Dranesville District Democratic Committee/Fairfax County Democratic Committee
    Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia
  • Occupation/Profession: Consultant


American University, Washington, DC (B.A., magna cum laude)

Political Career

From Wikipedia

Murphy is President of Johnson Murphy & Associates (2000-present), 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 (2000-20001) and handled Congressional Affairs at USAID (1996-2000) during the Clinton administration. She worked for Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX)(1993-1996) where she held a Top Secret security clearance and handled Defense and Foreign Operations appropriations. She was a writer and producer at Nickelodeon and deputy director of women’s outreach at the Democratic National Committee.[2] 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.[5]

Committee Membership

General Laws

Subcommittee Membership

General Laws – Subcommittee #4
Transportation – Subcommittee #3

Other Appointments

House General Laws
House General Laws Subcommittee #4
House Transportation
Veterans Services, Board of

Election Results

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Campaign Finance


Policy Positions

From Campaign website


Education is an investment in our future.  It is key to ensuring that our children will have opportunities to succeed and for building and strengthening a healthy economy. Virginia has consistently been rated as a leader in providing a world-class education for students in our public schools and universities.

We must take measures to ensure that our public schools remain competitive in a changing 21st century economy.

Unfortunately, our schools have been underfunded.  As your Delegate, I am committed to making responsible budget decisions that protect funding streams that our communities depend on to support our local schools.  We must find and promote innovative opportunities and practical solutions  to improve education in Virginia.

I support funding for all day kindergarten and for early childhood development programs.  It is essential that our children arrive in kindergarten prepared and ready to learn.  These programs improve outcomes for children and are a strong determinant of later success in school and the work place.  The investments we make in early childhood education can result in lower spending later on our juvenile justice system, for social welfare, and on prisons.

Our universities are among the best in the country. In order to ensure that they remain among the best we need to support them financially. We can’t take our education system for granted. We have to work every day to support it and make it better.  As support from the Commonwealth has gone down for our universities, tuition has gone up for our students.  We need to restore the traditional role of support for our universities and to our Community Colleges.

An educated workforce is key to our region’s economic growth. Our Community Colleges are a great resource for providing workforce training.  Building partnerships with local businesses will provide a foundation to help ensure that the education our children receive will lead to jobs.

“Education is always an investment, never an expense.” – Governor Terry McAuliffe

Economic Development and Growth

Virginia has many assets that make it attractive to businesses and families.  We have excellent schools, a great quality of life and a low corporate tax rate.  It is important that we utilize our assets to help Virginia sustain its position as a preeminent place to live, work and do business.

In order to grow our economy we must support our schools, our transportation systems and ensure access to affordable health care  We also must make sure that Virginia is a welcoming community for all workers and their families.

Sequestration has been bad for business in Virginia where we depend heavily on the Federal Government and especially on the defense industry. Virginia is the number one recipient of federal contracts and with more cuts on the horizon, our economic health depends on our ability to expand and diversify.

As your Delegate, I am working with Governor McAuliffe on his initiatives to diversify our private sector economy by focusing on biotech and health care innovation.  Inova Fairfax is a great asset and will be a valuable partner in this effort.

I will work with cyber security companies and local businesses to utilize the existing federal presence to grow jobs in those areas.  Additionally, by leveraging our academic and industrial research and scientific assets we can better support a diversified economy in biotechnology, biomedical industries and in green energy to promote a diverse and reliable energy supply.

Recently Virginia was the object of ridicule due to the attempts by some members of the House of Delegates to pass legislation demeaning to women and promoting a radical right-wing social agenda.  These legislative efforts were detrimental to Virginia’s ability to recruit and retain businesses and grow our economy.  I am staunchly against these legislative efforts because they hurt our women, our families and our reputation as a great place to do business.

Transportation and Infrastructure

Northern Virginia has a transportation problem.  We know that transportation, infrastructure and education are key investments that fuel future economic growth and impact our quality of life. We waste hours sitting in traffic. We want real transportation solutions.

I oppose adding tolls to I-66 inside the Beltway. People already pay too much in tolls. The proposed plan to add tolls to I-66 does not adequately address the problems commuters are seeing. Adding tolls to I-66 will just push more traffic into our neighborhoods, and will act as a tax on already stressed commuters.

It is the failure to enforce existing carpool requirements on I-66 that has exacerbated the problem of crowding.  Additionally, adding tolls on I-66 has the potential to negatively impact Dulles Airport as well.  And Dulles Airport is a key economic engine for the whole area.

I am working for efficient use of transportation funds and for Northern Virginia to get its fair share.  We need to make sure these funds are allocated to the critical projects that will relieve congestion, ensure pedestrian and bike safety and improve intersections.

For too many years we have deferred investments in our infrastructure.  This not only impacts our economic growth, it is a safety issue.  Our roads and highways are our lifeline.  Rebuilding aging roads and bridges must be a priority.  This will provide jobs and help our economy.

Protecting Women’s Rights

Women’s issues are the issues that impact our day-to-day lives, interfere with our ability to earn a living and that take time away from our families. They include funding for schools, finding transportation solutions, ensuring our children and communities are safe from gun violence, and access to affordable health care.

I support equal pay for women.  On average, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The number is even lower for women of color.  It has been more than 50 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law making it illegal to pay unequal wages to men and women who do the same or equal work.  It is time to end the wage gap.

I believe we must protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, including choices about contraception.

I am a strong voice against the passage of bills that attempt to limit a woman’s access to health care or that attempt to close clinics that provide life saving cancer screenings.

Women should make their health care decisions with their doctors not their legislators.

Protecting our Communities and our Children

Gun violence has become all too common in our society.  In the wake of recent tragedies it is clear that we need sensible gun solutions that will keep our children and communities safe from gun violence.  I support enhanced background checks and closing the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase guns without a background check.  The NRA supported background checks after the tragedy at Columbine High School.  It is stunning that they have turned their backs on such sensible regulations.

I lost my brother to gun violence.  Two gunmen robbed and murdered him.  He was the father of five young children, a loving husband, a thoughtful son and a really fun brother.

I work with local groups, police, and concerned citizens to find reasonable regulations to help prevent these terrible tragedies. We must do our best to stop criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining dangerous weapons. And we must fund programs and services for the dangerously mentally ill.


Video Updates

Candidate Videos

Kathleen Murphy For Delegate – “Good Things”
Sept. 28, 2015

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