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Birthdate: Feb. 17, 1959
Birth Place: Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Residence: Alexandria, VA
Patrick Murray was born in Oklahoma City. He attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor's in economics and a master's in history. He earned a master's in Russian studies at Ohio State University.
Murray retired with the rank of colonel from the U.S. Army after 24 years of active duty. He worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and commanded tank units in Europe during the Cold War. He speaks Russian.
Murray has worked in the State Department's Bureau of Political Affairs.
He was deployed to Baghdad in 2007 as part of the U.S. surge policy during its crackdown on violence in the Iraq war, serving under Gen. David Petraeus.
Murray is single and lives in Alexandria, Va.
Patrick Murray, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is making his first bid for elective office, running as a Republican challenging 10-term Democratic Rep. Jim Moran.
On his campaign website, he advocates for a balanced budget amendment and the so-called Fair Tax. He also calls for ending earmark spending, which he says wastes billions in taxpayer dollars every year.
Murray supports a ban on federal funding of abortions and a ban on what critics call partial birth abortions. He supports parental notification for minors seeking an abortion.
He calls for expanding domestic and offshore fuel exploration, which he says will create thousands of jobs and help end the country's dependence on foreign oil. He promises to work to maintain American support for Israel, which he calls a "core tenet of U.S. foreign policy."
Source: Associated Press
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