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Pennsylvania House of Representatives




Session Position District Party
1969 72 Democrat
1970 72 Democrat
1971 72 Democrat
1972 72 Democrat
1973 72 Democrat
1974 72 Democrat
 Counties   Cambria, Westmoreland


06/17/1932 - 02/08/2010

Cambria County (1969-1972), Cambria and Westmoreland Counties (1973-1974)

MURTHA, John Patrick, Jr., a Representative from Cambria and Westmoreland Counties; born, June 17, 1932 in New Martinsville, Wetzel County, WV; graduated, Ramsey High School, 1951; attended, Washington and Jefferson College, 1951-1952; B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1961; attended, Indiana State College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania), 1963; served, United States Marine Corps (1952-1955, 1966-1967); served, United States Marine Corps Reserves (1955-1966, 1967-1990); businessman; elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a Special Election, May 20, 1969; Sworn-In on June 2, 1969 to serve the remaining 1969 term; reelected to serve the 1971 and 1973 terms; resigned from the House, February 5, 1974; elected, United States Congress (February 5, 1974-2010); died while in the office of Congress, February 8, 2010 in the city of Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia; interred, Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Archival Collections

John P. Murtha Collection, John P. Murtha Center for Public Service, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pa.

Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, 1960-ongoing, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


Murtha, John P., with John Plashal.  From Vietnam to 9/11: On the Front Lines of National Security.  University Park, PA:  Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005.


After 6 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, JOHN P. MURTHA went on to serve in congress