Who Is Chris Murphy's Wife? New Details On Cathy Holahan Murphy

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Since 2013, Chris Murphy has served as a U.S. Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic party. He was previously in the U.S. House of Representatives for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district, and also served on the Connecticut House of Representatives, Connecticut Senate, and Connecticut General Assembly. When he was elected, he was the youngest member of Congress until Tom Cotton was later elected.

Since becoming a Senator, Murphy’s viewpoints are straightforward: he supports the ACA, introduced legislation for mental health reform, is a leading voice for gun control (and even attended the March for Our Lives march this past spring), and is in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.


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But who is Chris Murphy’s wife? How does the young couple handle his busy schedule? Here are 6 things to know about Cathy Holahan Murphy.

1. They met in college.

The two became acquainted while attending the University of Connecticut, from which they both received a law degree.

2. They wed in 2007.

They tied the knot at the Wake Robin Inn in Lakeville, CT and have been married for a little over 10 years.

3. They have two children.

The couple are parents of two sons, Owen and Rider.


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4. She’s a lawyer.

Murphy is currently a lawyer for Connecticut Legal Services, specializing in child advocacy law and representing low-income children. Though she has a law degree, she also obtained a master’s in social work from UConn.

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5. Her father is a lawyer as well.

Her father, Edward J. Holahan, Jr. was a founding partner of Holahan, Gumpper & Dowling, a law firm in Fairfield.

6. They are hands-on parents.

Both Cathy and Chris make sure to put their children first, despite his busy schedule in D.C. “We made a decision very early on that they were never going to take a back seat to the job and that we were going to structure our lives in a way that always put them first. It’s not easy. We’re a family that’s constantly on the go but I think we’ve structured it the right way,” he said.

But the family makes sure to spend weekends together back in Connecticut and are together for long breaks during the year. “Seeing now how Chris has so much just regular, everyday time with them convinced us it was the right decision,” Cathy confirmed.


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Samantha Maffucci is an associate editor for YourTango who focuses on writing trending news and entertainment pieces. In her free time, you can find her obsessing about cats, wine, and all things Vanderpump Rules.