Patty Murray

Senator of Washington on Minimum wage

"For the state of our union to be strong, we need to place value in Americans."

All about Patty

As Washington state’s senior Senator, Patty Murray has a proven track record spanning more than two decades of fighting for Washington state families in the United States Senate. Serving as a member of Senate Democratic leadership since 2007, Patty has established herself as a tireless and effective leader on many issues. She is a remarkable women who has a lot going for her. In addition to being the first female Senator from Washington state, Patty served as the first female Chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee during the 112th Congress and currently serves as the first female Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. She doesnt let any competition scare her away and she is very opinionated about many issues in the economy.

Views on Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is one of the most fundamental federal workplace protections. No one who works for a living should have to live in poverty. The declining value of the minimum wage means that low-income workers have been forced to work increasingly longer hours to make ends meet and have less time to spend with their families. That is why in 2007, Senator Murray helped pass the first increase to the federal minimum wage in over a decade.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in affact as of July 24, 2009 is $7.25. Youths under 20 years of age may be paid a minimum wage of not less than $4.25 an hour during the first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer. Employers may not displace any employee to hire someone at the youth minimum wage.