Commencement Speaker - U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy
U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy has a longstanding history in public service. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 and serves on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Murphy served Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District for in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the towns of Danbury, Meriden, New Britain, Torrington, and Waterbury. During his three terms, Murphy was on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Financial Services.
Before being elected to the U.S. Congress, Murphy served for eight years in the Connecticut General Assembly. He spent four years representing Southington and the 81st district in the House, and then spent four years representing the 16th Senatorial District, which includes the towns of Waterbury, Wolcott, Cheshire and Southington. While in the Senate, he sat as the Chairman of the Public Health Committee.
Murphy grew up in Wethersfield and attended Williams College in Massachusetts, where he graduated with honors and a double major in history and political science. In
2002, he graduated from UConn Law School. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-06 with the Hartford firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan.
Murphy and his wife, Cathy Holahan, an attorney, have two sons: Owen and Rider.