Patricia Lynn Murray (born Patricia Johns; October 11, 1950) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Washington, a seat she was first elected to in 1992.
A member of the Democratic Party, Murray is Washington State's first female U.S.
She served as the Senate Majority Conference Secretary from 2007 until 2017, which made her the fourth-highest-ranking Democrat and the highest-ranking woman in the Senate.
In 2017, Murray became the Senate Assistant Democratic Leader, making her the third-highest-ranking Democrat and still the highest-ranking woman in the Senate.
Murray chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2001 to 2003, and again from 2011 to 2013.
Murray chaired the Senate Budget Committee from 2013 to 2015.
She also previously served as co-chair of the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Since January 2015, Murray has been the Ranking Democratic Member on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
She is currently the 6th most senior member of the United States Senate, the 3rd most senior Democrat, and the dean of Washington's congressional delegation.
On December 10, 2013, Murray and Republican Representative Paul Ryan announced that they had negotiated a two-year, bi-partisan budget, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.