Washington — While he has a grand, old Irish surname, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Tuesday he actually has more “Polish blood.”

That’s why he founded the Senate Polish caucus with Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, just in time for the visit of Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to Washington.

“When people think ‘Murphy,’ they think Irish, but I actually  have more Polish blood than Irish blood,” Murphy said in a statement.

“That part of my heritage has really piqued my interest over the years in the relationship between Poland and the United States, as has the strong and vibrant Polish American community in Connecticut.”

Murphy said he hoped to work with Sikorski on visa waiver issues and other matters of importance to Polish Americans .

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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