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Jack Murtha's Biography


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Full Name:

John 'Jack' P. Murtha




Wife: Joyce Bell; 3 Children: Pat, John, Donna

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

New Martinsville, WV

Home City:

Johnstown, PA



Graduate Work, Economics/Political Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

BA, Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1958

Attended, Washington and Jefferson College, 1952

Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1974-2010

Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1969-1974

Democratic Nominee, United States House of Representatives, 1968

Experience, Bicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease

Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease

Experience, Bipartisan Disability Caucus

Experience, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus

Experience, Coalition on Autism Research and Education (CARE)

Experience, Community College Caucus

Experience, Congressional Bike Caucus

Experience, Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

Experience, Congressional Business Owners Caucus

Experience, Congressional Cancer Action Caucus

Experience, Congressional Caucus on the European Union

Experience, Congressional Caucus on United States Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans

Experience, Congressional China Caucus

Experience, Congressional Correctional Officers Caucus

Experience, Congressional Diabetes Caucus

Experience, Congressional Dialogue Caucus

Experience, Congressional Fire Services Caucus

Experience, Congressional French Caucus

Experience, Congressional Kidney Caucus

Experience, Congressional Manufacturing Task Force

Experience, Congressional Pro-Life Caucus

Experience, Congressional Robotics Caucus

Experience, Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus

Experience, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus

Executive Committee Senior Advisor, Congressional Steel Caucus

Experience, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Experience, Democratic Homeland Security Task Force

Experience, Democratic Steering Committee

Experience, House Army Caucus

Experience, House Rural Health Care Caucus

Founder, House Steel Caucus

Experience, Law Enforcement Caucus

House Co-Chair, National Security Caucus

Experience, Passenger Rail Caucus

Experience, Public Broadcasting Caucus

Experience, Spina Bifida Caucus

Experience, Car Wash Owner/Operator

United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1967-1990

Small Business Owner/Operator, 1967-1978

Volunteer, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam War, 1966-1967

Colonel, United States Marine Corps, 1952-1955

Member, American Legion

Member, Salvation Army

Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

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-Friends of the National Parks Award, 2005
-Annual Award, Pennsylvania Cancer Alliance, 2004
-National Distinguished Public Service Award, American Legion, 2003
-Award for Ongoing Support, Brain Injury Association of America, 2003
-Man of the Year Award, Catholic War Veterans of America, 2003
-History Makers Award, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 2003
-Annual Pink Ribbon Award, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, 2003
-Conservation Is Progress Award, Southern Alleghenies Conservancy, 2003
-Leadership Award, National Breast Cancer Coalition, 2002, 2003
-Legislative Recognition Award, American Ambulance Association, 2002
-Hero Award, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 2002
-Leadership Award, Children's Hospice International, 2002
-Chairman's Award of the Economic Summit, Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, 2002
-Semper Fidelis Award, Marine Corps Foundation, 2002
-Legislative Award, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Development, 2002
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, 2002
-Champion of Technology, Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2002
-Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Scranton, 2002
-Honorary Doctor of Laws, Washington & Jefferson College, 2002
-Outstanding Legislator Award, Association of the United States Army, 2001
-Man of the Year Award, Catholic War Veterans of Pennsylvania, 2001
-Eberly Economic Development Award, 2001
- Public Service Award, Fayette County Community Action Agency, 2001
-Jefferson Lincoln Award, Panetta Institute, 2001
-Arthur F. McNulty Civic Leadership Award, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, 2001
-Annual Award, Westmoreland Economic Growth Connection, 2001
-David Glick Award, World Affairs Council, 2001
-Top 100 People of Central Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Business Central, 1999, 2000, 2001
-Commitment to Justice Award, American Bar Association, 2000
-Defense Science Award, Association of American Universities, 2000
-Legion of Honor Gold Medallion, Chapel of the Four Chaplains, 2000
-Thanks from the Children Award, Children's Hospital of Western Pennsylvania, 2000
-Friends of Education Award, Greater Johnstown School District
-Robert A. Thompson Award, Navy League, 2000
-Honorary Doctor of Laws, Seton Hill College, 2000
-Spirit of Hope Award, United Service Organization, 2000
-Appreciation Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2000

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