Jason Murphey is a State Representative from the US state of Oklahoma. He represents District 31 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which comprises portions of Logan and Oklahoma counties and includes Edmond, Oklahoma, Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Cashion, Oklahoma. Murphey currently serves as the chair of the Government Modernization Committee.
Murphey's legislative successes include term limits on statewide elected officials, creation of the data.ok.gov transparency portal and the co-sponsorship of the centralization of information technology systems in Oklahoma state government. He is the author of unsuccessful attempts to end lobbyist gift-giving to legislators and remove the Oklahoma Legislature's exemption from the state's open records and open meeting laws.
Elected in 2006, Murphey will be term limited in 2018.
In 2006, Jason Murphey was the only Oklahoma legislative candidate to defeat an incumbent in the 2006 primary/runoff election,.
During his first year in office, he authored legislation to lower legislative pay.
In 2008, Murphey's 12,978 votes represented more votes than any other candidate for the House District 31 seat received in the history of the district.
Preceding the 2009 legislative session, Murphey was named as the chair of the House Government Modernization committee
As chair, Murphy was the House author of Senator Glen Coffee's attempt to centralize the state's IT systems and the Oklahoma Government 2.0 initiative, which resulted in the creation of data.ok.gov.
In 2010, Murphey won re-election with more votes than any other Oklahoma State House Republican candidate on that day. Murphey's vote total was also the biggest vote tally for a Republican primary candidate in the history of House District 31 and the second highest percentage.
In 2014 Government Technology Magazine named Murphey was named as one of the Tech-Savviest Legislators in the U.S.
On June 24, 2014 Murphey won re-election by capturing more votes than any other Oklahoma House Republican on the ballot that day. He scored the most votes of any State House candidate (3,623) and secured the highest percentage (82.9%).
Murphey has been an outspoken critic of the influence of lobbyists over state politicians. He has pledged to refuse personal gifts and campaign contributions from lobbyists and the groups that employ them. He proposed legislation creating a "no gift" list that legislators can use to refuse lobbyist gifts. In 2016 he proposed legislation to end all lobbyist gift-giving to legislators.
Murphey authored a bill to let the people vote on establishing term limits on all statewide elected officials. The proposal was approved by the voters in November 2010.
Murphey authored legislation to remove an exemption for the Oklahoma Legislature in the state's open meeting and open records laws. As of 2016, his attempts have been unsuccessful.