Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D) is an American educator and politician. She has been serving as a senior U.S. Senator from Washington under the Democrats since 1993. She also served as a member of the Washing State Senate from 1989 to 1993.
Murray was born in Brothel, Washington, on Oct 11, 1950. She was born to an accountant mom and a war veteran dad. As a teenager, Murray and her family struggled financially. Her father became disabled after suffering from multiple sclerosis.
She worked as welfare assistance to keep up with her family’s financial status. She also worked as an intern in a Veteran Psychiatric Hospital while in college.
She graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in Physical Education in 1972. She also got married to her husband the same year. After her Bachelor’s degree, she taught parenting skills at Shoreline Community College. She taught from 1984 to 1987.