Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in September 2019, representing North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. A member of the far-right Republican Study Committee, he ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won in his solidly Republican district.
Previously, Murphy served as a member of the state’s House of Representatives from 2015–19. A physician, he ran a clinical practice in urology and traveled extensively as a medical missionary, visiting Africa, India, Nicaragua, and Haiti. For several years, he also served as chief of staff of Vidant Medical Center in eastern North Carolina.
During the 2020 presidential campaign, Murphy drew criticism for tweeting that Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate solely because of her “color and her race.” He quickly deleted the tweet and avoided discussing it when asked.
After the election, Murphy adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the voting process. He objected to certifying Biden’s Electoral College win and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Murphy joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Murphy voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on Congress and the Capitol, and for fanning the flames once the riot broke out. He justified his vote by saying that doing so “unnecessarily pours salt in [sic] our nation’s deep wounds.”
- Murphy voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the violent assault on the Capitol and disruption of the congressional procedure underway that day.
- A year after the insurrection—on Jan. 6, 2022—Murphy continued to spread misinformation, claiming that Antifa was involved in the violence that day and stating: “I think the vast, vast majority of individuals were there to protest peacefully, which is our right. But I do believe there were elements within that crowd—whether they were pro-Trump, whether they were Antifa, or other elements—that were there to be violent and try to do harm to the nation’s capital.”
- Murphy also released a statement a year after the insurrection in which he blamed Democrats for exploiting Jan. 6 for political gain to “distract the American people from the complete and total failure of the Biden Administration.”
The Big Lie
- On Dec. 1, 2020, Murphy joined 36 other House Republicans in submitting a letter to then Attorney General Bill Barr asking that the Justice Department investigate the presidential election results due to “a number of anomalies, statistical improbabilities and accusations of fraud” during the voting process.
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Murphy signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- On Jan. 5, 2021, Murphy announced that “after diligently researching this issue, as well as listening to thousands of constituents’ opinions regarding the Electoral College, I plan to object tomorrow.”
- On Jan. 16, 2022—the day Democrats were expected to “ram through their ‘Right to Cheat’ voting bill,” according to the retweet he posted—Murphy tweeted: “The Dems demand a photo ID to get a cheeseburger but not one to vote. The height of hypocrisy.” In trying to connect Covid-19 safety precautions with the ability to buy a burger, he earned a “mostly false” statement rating from Politifact.