Patrick Murphy

Biography

The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy, was appointed to the Commission by then Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Patrick Murphy was America's first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress, and later served as the Acting Secretary and 32nd Under Secretary of the Army.

Secretary Murphy is currently the Distinguished Chair of Innovation at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Senior Fellow at the Association of the U.S. Army, a member of the Board of Directors at BAE Systems Inc., a media executive, and the Executive Chairman of WorkMerk, an employee engagement company focused on the future of work.

As the Acting Secretary and Under Secretary, he led the management and operation of the Army—a Fortune 10-sized organization and the Nation’s second largest employer of over 1.3 million with a budget of $148 billion. His focus on transforming a more innovative and responsive workforce led to an expansion of the Soldier for Life initiative, which saved $340M in FY16, and reaching recruitment goals for the first time in five years with over 130K millennials hired.

Secretary Murphy also facilitated unprecedented public-private partnerships generating over $250M in savings, from Major League Baseball to 20th Century Fox. His aggressive and authentic use of social media to tell the Army story helped lead to an 18% growth across all platforms.

Founder of an award-winning (CLIO, Sherwood) television & film production company, Taking the Hill, specializing in military & veteran projects helping tell the story of over 22 million American Veterans. Projects include the critically acclaimed Stephen Spielberg film ‘Thank You For Your Service’ (Dreamworks/Universal, 2017), Unconquered (Epix, 2018), Almost Sunrise (PBS, 2017), & previously as host/executive producer for ‘Taking The Hill’ (MSNBC 2011–2015) and ‘The Triumph Games’ (CBS Sports, 2015–2016). He authored the book Taking the Hill: From Philly to Baghdad to the United States Congress (Henry Holt, 2008).

He is a graduate of King's College Army ROTC Program and the Widener University Commonwealth School of Law, where he currently serves as a Trustee. He has two young children, Maggie and Jack, and resides in Pennsylvania.