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.


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.

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.

Congressional Biography

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

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