Jim Murphy was born two months after his father was killed in a tragic train wreck while commuting home from work on the Long Island Railroad. Jim's mother Ethel struggled to provide for Jim and his two older sisters since single women had few career options in the 1950’s and 60’s. Nevertheless their Catholic faith and strength of each other saw them through those trying times. Jim's respect for women was shaped by the example set by his hard-working mom.
Jim was 16 when his mother moved the family to the Tidewater Virginia area. His sister’s husband was a soldier stationed there and the cost of living was much lower than New York. In high school, Jim started working part time for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, first as a stock boy and later as a delivery driver. Upon graduation he also worked as a framing carpenter during the summers to pay his way through college. From college he was offered a job with The Singer Company where he completed their management training program and worked his way through the ranks from salesperson, to retail store manager, district manager and regional operations manager. Jim left Singer to work for Bernina of America, a Swiss-owned company. While with Bernina Jim’s job had him travel extensively throughout Europe and the Orient. In 1992 Jim joined Baby Lock of America, a division of Tacony Corporation, in Fenton Missouri as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
In 1999, Jim decided to start his own business, Shoppers Rule, Inc. which became a thriving embroidery and sewing supply company located in Arnold, Missouri. ShoppersRule.com was developed in the early days of the internet and has a worldwide customer base. Jim's extensive business background is a key asset in the experience he offers to the citizens of District 94. Business presents new challenges every day and Jim has the ability to analyze a problem and get to the root issue. He has seen first-hand how government actions affect local business owners as well as individual citizens. It is this experience that Jim takes to Jefferson City to find common sense solutions.
Jim married the love of his life, Maryellen Meyers Murphy thirty six years ago. He gained first-hand experience with the struggles that families face with medical insurance. It took the Murphy’s five years to pay for the birth of their first child, a preemie. They have raised three children: Katy, Molly and Jamey. Jim and Maryellen live very active and involved lives with their twelve beautiful grandchildren who all live within three miles of their home.