Two CPAs to Join Record Number Already Serving in Congress; More than 50 CPAs Elected as Lawmakers in their States

December 20, 2012

In January, two more CPAs will be sworn into the House of Representatives than are currently serving.  Congressmen-elect Patrick Murphy of Florida and Tom Rice of South Carolina, both alums of Deloitte & Touche, will join eight of their colleagues, increasing the record number of CPAs currently serving in Congress to ten. 

In Florida, Patrick Murphy ran on the Democratic ticket against incumbent Alan West in a highly competitive race.  Murphy attended the University of Miami where he studied accounting and finance.  Following his graduation, he joined Deloitte & Touche where he served as an external auditor of large companies.  Congressman-elect Murphy will be one of the youngest members of the new Congress.

In South Carolina, Tom Rice, a Republican, won in a newly-created seat in South Carolina.  He attended the University of South Carolina studying accounting and later obtained a law degree.  While at Deloitte & Touche, Rice earned his CPA.  In 1997, he created his own law practice.

AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA said, “As the next Congress takes on the challenging and complex issues facing our nation, it is an opportune time to have CPAs in Congress.  CPAs like Patrick Murphy and Tom Rice are in tune with the overall realities of business and will bring with them to Washington, D.C. their unique skills in translating complex information solutions.”

Murphy and Rice will serve in the House with the other CPA lawmakers: Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA), Mike Conaway (R-TX), John Campbell (R-CA), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), James Renacci (R-OH) and Bill Flores (R-TX). 

The CPAs in the House are joined by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the Senate who are accountants. 

CPAs Elected to State Legislatures

More than 50 CPAs were elected to state legislatures across the nation in the November elections.  Their election means that CPAs will continue to have a voice in their states’ discussion about budget and other important issues in 2013. 

Watch a video of four state legislators explaining how their experience and background prepared them to serve as lawmakers.