By John Murray

Connecticut’s 5th District Congressman, Chris Murphy, will take the oath of office today and become the youngest  member of the United States Senate. A member of the Democratic Party, Murphy previously served in both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly, serving in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003, and in the Connecticut Senate from 2003 to 2007. Murphy served three terms as congressman from the 5th District.

Murphy’s climb up the political ladder has been astounding. At 39 years of age he is well positioned for a long run representing Democrat leaning Connecticut in the United States Senate.

Murphy proposed reforms of the nation’s ‘missing-persons’ databases, introducing “Billy’s Law” in 2009 to improve coordination of law-enforcement efforts to locate missing persons. The legislation was named in honor of Billy Smolinski, Jr., a one-time resident of Murphy’s district who disappeared in 2004 Murphy is pictured here shaking hands with Congressman Ted Poe from Texas who co-sponsored the legislation. The bill unanimously passed the House of Representatives but languished in the U.S. Senate. Maybe Senator Murphy can breath life back into the legislation.