As a soldier in the U.S. Army, Patrick Murphy served in Bosnia and fought in the current Iraq war - a war he is now fighting hard to end. In 2006, Murphy challenged freshman Republican Mike Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District. He won a close 1,500 vote victory over the incumbent. In Congress, Murphy quickly emerged as one of his party's spokesmen for the effort to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq. Shortly after being sworn in, he teamed with Senator Barack Obama and Congressman Mike Thompson to introduce the Iraq De-Escalation Act of 2007 which would withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by March 1, 2008. In the heated debates over Democratic attempts to pass anti-war legislation that followed, Murphy was selected to deliver the closing arguments for withdrawal. Republicans are eager to silence this effective voice for peace, and the close vote on 2006 makes them think they can win in 2008.