Democrat Patty Murray was Washington's first female U.S. senator and is running for re-election against Dino Rossi, a Republican and self-made businessman. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Murray's life.
Is Patty Murray married?
Who is Patty Murray's husband?
Murray is married to Rob Murray.
How old is Patty Murray's husband?
Rob Murray is 60 years old.
What does Patty Murray's husband do for a living?
After his graduation from Washington State University, Rob joined the Coast Guard and then worked loading ship cargo.
How long have Patty Murray and her husband been married?
Rob and Patty Murray were married in 1972.
How and when did Patty Murray and her husband meet?
The former Patty Johns met her future husband, Rob, while both were undergraduates at WSU. She worked as a secretary to help put Rob through his last years of school.
Were either Patty Murray or her husband married before?
No, and Patty Murray settled into a homemaker role during the early years of her marriage. Rob was quoted by People magazine as saying he admires Patty's "quiet, inner strength."
Does Patty Murray have children?
Yes, and both children -- Randy, who was born in 1976, and Sara, 1979 -- are now married.
Does Patty Murray have grandchildren?
Murray's son, Randy, and his wife, Erin, have a son, Aidan. "The people I meet in Washington, D.C., aren't going to care about me when I leave here," Murray told People magazine. "My family will."
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Read Patty Murray's full bio at her official website.
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