Erin Murphy: A Champion for Nurses & Patients
Erin Murphy grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin as part of an Irish union family. Her father worked for many years at a General Motors plant in her hometown. After high school, Erin attended the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh where she received her degree and became a Registered Nurse. She got her start at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Later, she moved to the Twin Cities to work as a member of the transplant team at the University of Minnesota.
After working for several years as a nurse, Erin decided to take her patient advocacy to the next level. She started working for the Minnesota Nurses Association as an organizer and later and rose to the level of Executive Director. Erin decided to run for the Minnesota House to represent district 64A in the Summit Hill neighborhood of Ramsey County. She was first seated as a state representative in January 2007, and she rose to the position of House Majority Leader in 2012. She is currently in her sixth term.
Erin’s accomplishments include establishing MinnesotaCare, and she continues to fight for healthcare reform. She’s also been a champion for safe staffing legislation. Watch Erin’s speech on the House floor from the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session: https://youtu.be/HDsT1C_O29o
When Erin is not fighting for us at the capitol, she’s grooming the next generation of nurses as a professor at St. Kate’s. Erin is married to Joe Faust, owner of a painting company, and they have twin daughters: Bridget is studying water resource management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Anna works as a pediatrics nurse at Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.