Shawn Murphy was born in Charlottetown on July 27, 1951. After attending local Charlottetown schools, he attended the University of Prince Edward Island and the University of New Brunswick, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from UNB in 1973, and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from UNB in 1976.
In 1976, Mr. Murphy joined the law firm of Scales, Ghiz, Jenkins and McQuaid. He was appointed Queen’s Council in 1997 and became senior partner in the law firm’s Charlottetown office.
He has been actively involved in a number of community groups. He was the secretary of the Charlottetown Airport Authority Inc., is a former Board member of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, and past President of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.
He was elected to the House of Commons in November of 2000. During his time as a member of Parliament, he has served as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Finance.
On December 13, 2003, The Right Honourable Paul Martin appointed Mr. Murphy to the Privy Council of Canada as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans with special emphasis on the Oceans Action Plan. As part of his duties, Mr. Murphy now sits on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
Shawn is married to Yvette Comeau and they have three adult children: Kevin, Paul and Brian.