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John M. Murphy

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John M. Murphy
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1973  January 3, 1981
Preceded by Ed Koch
Succeeded by Guy Molinari
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1963  January 3, 1973
Preceded by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr
Succeeded by Elizabeth Holtzman
Personal details
Born John Michael Murphy
(1926-08-03)August 3, 1926
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Died May 25, 2015(2015-05-25) (aged 88)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Children John M. Murphy, Jr. Mark Murphy
Alma mater Amherst College

John Michael Murphy (August 3, 1926 May 25, 2015) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 16th (19631973) and 17th (19731981) districts.

Life and career

Murphy was born in Staten Island, New York City, New York and attended La Salle Military Academy, Amherst College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He served in the U.S. Army from August 1944 to July 1956, first as an enlisted man before receiving his commission after four years at West Point. During his military service he received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Bronze Star, and was discharged as a captain.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 88th U.S. Congress and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963 January 3, 1981); he ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 1980 after being indicted in the Abscam bribery scandal. Murphy was found guilty and served 18 months in prison.

During his time in Congress he chaired committees dealing with maritime and oceanic matters. He was a life long friend of Anastasio Somoza since their days as students at West Point; while in office, Murphy opposed the Carter administrations efforts to remove Somoza.

His son, Mark Murphy, is a real-estate developer who worked as an aide to Bill de Blasio during his tenure as New York City Public Advocate. On January 19, 2012, Mark Murphy announced he would seek election to the Congressional seat his father once held. On November 6, Murphy lost the election to incumbent Republican Michael Grimm, 46.2% 52.8%.

Murphy died the age of 88 on May 25, 2015, at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY of complications from a heart attack.