Congressional Author of DADT Repeal in Harrisburg March 2

Brad Koplinsky, Harrisburg City Council member

Want to meet the former US Congressman from Pennsylvania who authored the legislation that ended the military’s policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?

On Wed., March 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., former Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy will appear at the Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. Murphy is here as part of a fund raiser “in support City Councilman Brad Koplinski for his efforts to make Harrisburg a better place,” according to Koplinski’s announcement.

General Reception – $50. Appreciation Reception – $250, (Includes photo with and signed book by Murphy). RSVP to: mailto: or call 623-2748 by March 1.

An Iraq war veteran who served as a captain in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Murphy took over the leadership of the bill to repeal the military’s ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2009 when former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) left Congress for a post in the State Department of the Obama administration.

One book reviewer said “The book is a moving and inspiring memoir from the first Iraq war veteran to be elected to the US Congress, Congressman Patrick J. Murphy, the Irish American son of a Philadelphia policeman and a former nun who raised their family in a tough-but-loving blue-collar neighborhood, grew out of a scrappy childhood to become a community college student and then-quickly-army officer, lawyer, and the youngest professor at West Point.”

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show said: “My hero Winston Churchill said that ‘Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.’ Congressman Murphy, a soldier-politician of this new century, is the living proof of that. As a Philadelphia guy myself, I take great pride in Pat Murphy and got a wild kick reading about his exciting young life. Like him I grew up in Northeast Philly and spent so much of my time in nearby Bucks County. I can’t believe how much this young fellow has done – lawyer, prosecutor, paratrooper, national legislator. This guy was born airborne.”


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