North Carolina Legislator Profile: Rep. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt)

In this legislator profile, we focus on Rep. Gregory Murphy, the Republican representative from District 9. Murphy was appointed in 2015 to fill the vacancy created when Brian Brown left to work for Sen. Thom Tillis.

Since his appointment in 2015, Murphy has fallen in line with his Republican colleagues to enact policies that weaken environmental protections, shortchange education, and prioritize tax cuts for the wealthy over policies that help hardworking North Carolinians, including rural communities, teachers and families. Read more on Murphy here.

“I hope to be able to contribute to the health, education and welfare of the people of eastern North Carolina and our entire state.” - Greg Murphy (02/16/17)


Murphy missed 30 percent of the votes as of July 12, 2019 in the House during the 2019-2020 session. He missed a total of 115 more votes than a Representative who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. 

  • Murphy missed 195 of the 662 votes so far in the 2019 session.
  • Sydney Batch, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, missed only 80 votes so far this session.

Murphy repeatedly supported policies that shortchange education

  • Murphy voted for a budget that failed to raise teacher pay, provide a subsidy for out of pocket expenses, or raise per pupil spending.
  • Murphy supported H13, which mandated a reduction in class size but failed to provide funding.

Murphy voted for bills that prioritize tax cuts for the wealthy over the welfare of middle class North Carolinians.

  • Murphy voted for a budget that made state employees hired after 2021 ineligible for healthcare after they retire and failed to provide a child care tax credit.

Murphy prioritized the interests of large business over North Carolinians’ access to clean air and water

  • Murphy voted for Senate Bill 16, which prioritizes the interest of big business over North Carolinians’ access to clean water.
  • Murphy voted for H576, which would allow landfill operators to dispose of “garbage juices” by “spraying it into the air over their property.” This bill disproportionately affects communities of color and low wealth communities.
  • Murphy voted for H467, which was passed in response to pending lawsuits against Smithfield Foods, and limits the amount of money people could receive in lawsuits filed against agricultural operations

Read more here.