BucksCounty – Iraq war veteran and lawyer Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, announced on Monday that he plans to challenge Mike Fitzpatrick for the 8th District Congressional seat.
“These are defining moments for our nation and our community,” Murphy said on his campaign Web site, www.murphy06.com.
Murphy must first capture the Democratic nomination next spring if he wants to face Fitzpatrick in November of 2006.
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Murphy is the youngest of three children of a Philadelphia police officer and career legal secretary.
He attended BucksCountyCommunity College, moving on to King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, where he became a cadet in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.
After earning a law degree from the Widener University School of Law in 1999, Murphy became a judge advocate for the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
He now works at Cozen O’Connor Attorneys, which has 504 attorneys in 23