New Jersey Democratic Leadership
Governor Phil Murphy
Phil Murphy took the oath of office as New Jersey’s 56th Governor on January 16, 2018.
The youngest of four, Murphy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 16, 1957 to the late Walter F. Murphy, Sr. and Dorothy Murphy, and was raised in both Newton and nearby Needham, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Needham High School, Harvard University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Murphy and his wife, Tammy Snyder Murphy, are the parents of four children: Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam. The family resides in Middletown, in Monmouth County.
From 2009 until 2013, Murphy served as the United States Ambassador to Germany, appointed by President Barack Obama.
Murphy worked for more than 20 years at Goldman Sachs, starting as an intern in 1982 and ending in 2003 as a member of the firm’s management committee. During his business career, he led the firm’s offices in Frankfurt, Germany, and Hong Kong. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing Goldman Sachs’ presence in Jersey City.
Throughout his life, Murphy has remained deeply engaged in civic life and philanthropy.
In 2002, Murphy began volunteering his time at 180 Turning Lives Around, a women’s shelter based in Monmouth County, where he ultimately served as board president from 2005 until 2009. Through their experience with 180 Turning Lives Around, the Murphys founded the teen helpline 2NDFLOOR. Additionally, Murphy was a member of the Board of Directors of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a non-profit organization that works with local community development associations to transform urban neighborhoods across the country, from 2002 until 2009.
From June 2015 until March 2017, Murphy served proudly on the National Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
In 2005, he chaired the New Jersey Benefits Task Force. He also co-chaired, with former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and the late Professor Roger Wilkins, a national task force on education in the 21st century for the Center for American Progress.
In 2006, he was appointed National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee by Chairman and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. During his tenure, Democrats recaptured Congress, and his efforts helped build the infrastructure that elected President Barack Obama in 2008.
In 2014, the Murphys founded New Start New Jersey, a think tank dedicated to seeking new policy directions to grow New Jersey’s economy and middle class. The Murphys partnered with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University to create the New Start Career Network, which specifically helps long-term unemployed New Jersey residents over age 45 get back into the workforce.
Murphy has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees.