Pro-Choice Candidate Profile: Kathleen Murphy, District 34

By: Marieke van Rijn, Advocacy and Communications Intern

Kathleen Murphy is challenging Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock for the District 34 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. District 34, which encompasses McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Fairfax and Loudoun County, has been represented by Comstock since 2009. Murphy, a longtime resident of McLean and president of Johnson, Murphy & Associates, is running for the district 34 seat because she believes that Barbara Comstock is not representing the best interests of the 34th district by siding with the extremist Republican majority in Richmond and is “egregious” in her anti-choice voting record.

Murphy has earned the endorsement of being a 100% pro-choice candidate by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for her belief that women’s rights are human’s rights, and willingness to stand-up to the delegates in Richmond to protect women’s access to contraception and commitment to uphold women’s right to choose. In contrast, incumbent Comstock has a strong anti-choice voting record, having voted in favor of the personhood bill, and in favor of requiring medically unnecessary ultrasounds.

Kathleen Murphy

Despite showing no regard for the health and right of choice of the women in her district, Comstock has currently raised twice as much in campaign funding as Murphy. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia urges constituents of the 34th district to donate their time, services, or money to Murphy’s campaign, because it is imperative that district 34 is represented by someone who will stand up for women’s health and right to choose.


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