Phil Murphy

American businessman and diplomat, 56th Governor of New Jersey

Philip Dunton Murphy (born August 16, 1957)[3] is an American financier, diplomat, former Goldman Sachs executive and politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is the 56th and current Governor of New Jersey upon winning the 2017 gubernatorial election and being sworn-in on January 16, 2018. Murphy was the United States Ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013 serving during the Barack Obama presidency.

Phil Murphy
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56th Governor of New Jersey
Assumed office
January 16, 2018
LieutenantSheila Oliver
Preceded byChris Christie
Chair of the Democratic Governors Association
Assumed office
December 4, 2019
Preceded byGina Raimondo
United States Ambassador to Germany
In office
September 3, 2009 – August 26, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byWilliam R. Timken
Succeeded byJohn B. Emerson
Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
Preceded byMaureen White[1]
Succeeded byJane Watson Stetson[2]
Personal details
Philip Dunton Murphy

(1957-08-16) August 16, 1957 (age 63)
Needham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Tammy Snyder (m. 1993)
WebsiteGovernment website

Early lifeEdit

Murphy was born in Needham, Massachusetts.[4][5] He was raised in both Needham and nearby Newton, Massachusetts.[6] He studied at Harvard University and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ambassador to Germany (2009–2013)Edit

Murphy served as United States Ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama from 2009–2013.[7]

His formal nomination to the position was made by President Barack Obama on July 9, 2009.[8] It was then confirmed by the United States Senate on August 7, 2009.[9] Murphy promoted American trade and focused on engaging Germany’s youth through town hall meetings, exchange programs, and social media communication.[10]

On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Murphy was stepping down from the ambassadorship.[11] He formally left the position on August 26, 2013.


Murphy was a Goldman Sachs executive. At the time of his pre-political career, his net worth top $50 million, or if similar to others there, a good deal more.[12]

Governship (since 2018)Edit

2017 gubernatorial electionEdit

Murphy was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in the 2017 gubernatorial election.[13] He faced Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in the general election.[13] He won the election on November 7, 2017.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Murphy moved to Middletown Township, New Jersey in 2000.[15] He is married to Tammy Snyder and they have four children.

On March 4, 2020, Murphy had surgery in New York City to remove cancerous tumors in his kidneys.[16] He made a full recovery shortly afterward.[17]


  1. CatsLabs. "DNC Organization-2007 Edition".
  2. "DNC Finance team set".
  3. Campaign email "It's Phil Murphy's Birthday Today!", sent August 16, 2016.
  4. "On Murphy's Road to Victory, No Stone Left Unturned". Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  5. Quigley, Joan. "Phil Murphy: A big smile and, big plans for New Jersey". Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  6. Dustin Racioppi, "Guadagno, Murphy race rooted in the past", Asbury Park Press, June 8, 2017, p. 9A.
  7. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 7-9-09". July 9, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  8. "Murphy will be sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Germany on Sunday; Fishman still awaits action; Rumors on Steinberg's successor". September 9, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  9. - As it was on August 21, 2009 during Murphy's time as Ambassador to Germany
  10. "Murphy, Philip D." Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  11. "An Interview with Philip D. Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Germany - The Politic". Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  12. "Phil Murphy, likely N.J. gubernatorial candidate, gets a super PAC". Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "New Jersey Primary Results: Murphy Will Face Guadagno in Governor's Race". Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  14., NJ Advance Media for. "Phil Murphy beats Kim Guadagno to succeed Christie as N.J. governor".
  15. "NJ's next governor: Phil Murphy or Kim Guadagno". Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  16. "How Phil Murphy went from cancer surgery to meeting the challenge of his political life during coronavirus crisis". Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  17. "Cancer Doctor Says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Very Fortunate Kidney Tumor Detected Early". CBS. Retrieved May 20, 2020.

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