WASHINGTON – President Obama has nominated former Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy to become undersecretary of the Army, the branch's second-highest ranking civilian position, the White House announced Wednesday.

Murphy, who represented Pennsylvania's eighth district from 2007 to 2011, was the first veteran of the second Iraq war to be elected to Congress, where he sat on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Trained as a paratrooper with the Army's 82nd airborne division, Murphy spent seven months in Iraq, starting in 2003, where he served as a convoy commander and lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He earned a Bronze Star for service. He also deployed to Bosnia in 2002.

Murphy, 41, is a partner at the Philadelphia law firm Fox Rothschild and is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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