Current Position: State Delegate since 2015
Source: Campaign page
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.
Johnson Murphy & Associates
2019 to present
a McLean consulting firm providing strategic counseling and legislative strategies for companies and non-profit organizations.
2019 to present
Magna cum laude
Birth Year: 1948
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
Legislative Assistant: Claire Mc Cormack
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mary Ann Christian
- Government – DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1034
P.O. Box 146
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: (804) 698-1034
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. 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.
2019 State DelegateArray
|Kathleen J. Murphy (D)||17,143||58.35%|
|Gary G. Pan (R)||12,213||41.57%|
2017 State DelegateArray
|Kathleen Murphy (D)||20,522||60.9%|
|Cheryl Anne Buford (R)||13,146||39.0%|
|Write In (Write-in)||20||0.1%|
2015 State DelegateArray
|Kathleen Murphy (D)||6,419||51.2%|
|Craig Alan Parisot (R)||6,093||48.6%|
|Write In (Write-in)||17||0.1%|
2013 State DelegateArray
|Kathleen Murphy (D)||10,820||50.4%|
|Craig Alan Parisot (R)||10,632||49.5%|
|Write In (Write-in)||16||0.1%|
MURPHY, KATHLEEN JOHNSON has run in 5 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,735,896.
Source: Follow the Money
See: Vote Smart
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.
In the News
Democrats walk away with Fairfax election, gain legislative majorities
By: Brian Trompter
Inside Nova – November 7, 2019
It would be tough to imagine a better night than Nov. 5 was for local Democrats.
Candidates backed by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee secured all but one of the 10 seats on the county’s Board of Supervisors, had a strong showing in the School Board race and beat back an independent challenger for commonwealth’s attorney.
Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) received 10,004 votes (56.7 percent) to defeat Republican challenger Gary Pan, who earned 7,630 votes (43.2 percent).
Virginia House Democrats announce additional leadership positions
WVNS – November 16, 2019
On Saturday, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus announced their remaining elected leadership positions. The election results are as follows:
Vice Chair of Operations: Jeion Ward
Vice Chair of Outreach: Kathleen Murphy
Secretary: Marcus Simon
Treasurer: Betsy Carr
Sergeant-at-Arms: Delores McQuinn
“I am pleased to congratulate Dels. Jeion Ward, Kathleen Murphy, Betsy Carr, and Delores McQuinn on their re-election to caucus leadership positions and to welcome Del. Marcus Simon to his new role as Secretary,” said Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan.
Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.com – December 13, 2019
State Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) introduced the legislation making the non-resident bans possible. Her bill sailed through the state Senate on a 32 to 7 vote, and the measure cleared the House of Delegates without opposition.
“A county operating under the urban county executive form of government may by ordinance develop a program to issue resident permits or stickers to residents of a designated area that will allow such residents to make turns into or out of the designated area during certain times of the day when such turns would otherwise be restricted,” Virginia Code Section 15.2-2022.1 states.
When: October 16, 2019 6:30 pm
Where: The Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.
Who: Kathleen Murphy, Gary Pan, Barbara Favola
Kathleen Murphy For Delegate – “Good Things”
Murphy for Delegate
Published on June 28, 2015
By: Murphy for Delegate