Mr. Murphy holds both a BBA and LL.B degree from the University of New Brunswick. From 1977 to 2000, he practiced law with the Atlantic Regional Firm of Stewart McKelvey, specializing in Corporate Commercial Law.
In 2000, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for the Riding of Charlottetown. He was re- elected in 2004, 2006, and 2008. While in Parliament he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Chair of Atlantic Liberal Caucus, Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. He retired from politics in May of 2011.
Mr. Murphy holds his ICD.D Designation issued from the University of Toronto and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He presently serves on the Boards of several Organizations in the Charlottetown Area.