One of the most prominent progressive foreign policy voices in Congress, Chris Murphy has represented the state of Connecticut in the Senate since long-time incumbent Joe Lieberman’s retirement in 2013.
Murphy, who represented the district containing the Sandy Hook Elementary School during the devastating shooting in 2012, is well known for his efforts to prevent further gun-related tragedies. He has tirelessly worked towards numerous policies aimed at preventing gun violence, including universal background checks and ending the ban on gun violence research at the CDC.
Murphy is a leader in the movement for a progressive foreign policy. He has been one of the strongest voices in Washington on the need to end US support for the war in Yemen. Murphy introduced the bipartisan National Security Powers Act along with Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Mike Lee, which would make sure that there is a “full, open and public debate” on all major national security decisions, such as war making, arms sales and emergency declarations.
Murphy serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee and the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.
Senator Murphy is a true J Street champion. He was an original co-sponsor of S.Res. 225, which called for an immediate ceasefire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Murphy also signed the bicameral Merkley-Stansbury letter which pushed back against proposed evictions in the West Bank communities of Masafer Yatta.
Throughout his tenure, Murphy has been a key Senate leader in prioritizing diplomacy over military action. He was an original co-sponsor of S. 434, the Iran Diplomacy Act, which called on both the US and Iran to return to full, mutual compliance with the President Obama's Iran deal, which verifiably blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons.