United States: Fox’s Patrick Murphy Receives Presidential Nomination For United States Under Secretary Of The Army
Last Updated: August 7 2015

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Patrick J. Murphy has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the United States Under Secretary of the Army.

This position is held by the second-highest ranking civilian official of the United States Department of the Army.

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings and then vote on the nomination later this year.

"It is not every day that the President of the United States calls upon one of our partners for such an important role in service to our country," said Firmwide Managing Partner Mark L. Silow. "We are extremely proud of Patrick's military accomplishments and are excited for him as he takes on this prestigious and important national role."

As America's first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress and a member of the West Point Board of Visitors, Murphy has a long history of service in both the public and private sectors. While representing Pennsylvania's Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives after his 2006 election, Murphy became a champion for his fellow veterans. He was the author of the bill repealing the Defense Department's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and helped lead passage of the 21st Century GI Bill, as well as passage of the largest increase in veterans benefits in the history of the nation. Murphy also served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Appropriations Committee.

While in Congress, Murphy helped to deliver the National Veterans Cemetery to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, for 350,000 veterans in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In his military career, Murphy was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Program and went onto serve in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. An airborne and air assault paratrooper, Murphy immediately volunteered after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and deployed twice, serving in Tuzia, Bosnia (2002) and Baghdad, Iraq (2003–2004). While in Baghdad as a captain in the Army's U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, he prosecuted high-level terrorists and was awarded the Bronze Star for Service. Prior to that, he served as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve from 1996 to 2000.

Murphy earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1999 and his B.A. from King's College in 1996.

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