Dean Murray

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Dean Murray
New York State Assembly, District 3
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly, District 3
2010 - 2013
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Dean Murray is a Republican member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

He served in the New York State Assembly, representing District 3 from 2010 to 2013. He won a special election held February 9, 2010, to replace Patricia Eddington, who resigned in 2009.

On election night Murray was leading Democrat Lauren Thoden by 186 votes. Thoden asked Suffolk County election official to recanvass the vote, which led to Murray being certified the winner on February 17, winning by 160 votes.[1]


Murray is a graduate from Broadcast Institute of Maryland. He has one child.[2] Murray is the owner of D&S Advertising Incorporated. His professional experience includes volunteer for the Suffolk County Police Reserves; regional sales manager; advertising sales representative; radio and television news industry; and as a small business owner.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Murray served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2015
Small Business
Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Murray served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Murray served on the following committees:



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Edward Hennessey was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Dean Murray was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hennessey ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Murray ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Hennessey was defeated by Murray in the general election.[3][4][5]

New York State Assembly, District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Murray 51.1% 12,233
     Democratic Edward Hennessey Incumbent 48.9% 11,709
Total Votes 23,942


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Murray ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 3. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012; he also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Edward J. Hennessey ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He was defeated by Edward J. Hennessey in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdward J. Hennessey 50.3% 19,295
     Republican Dean Murray Incumbent 49.7% 19,056
Total Votes 38,351


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Murray ran unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. Murray defeated Robert Calarco (D) in the general election on November 2.[9] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Calarco was also listed as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State and Working Families Party.

New York State Assembly, District 3 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Murray (R) 16,521
Robert Calarco (D) 14,493

Campaign donors


In 2010, Murray received $68,957 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]


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GPS tracking

Murray and State GOP Chairman Ed Cox admitted to hiring someone to attach a GPS device to the car of Incumbent Edward Hennessey (D), Murray's opponent, to determine if Hennessey lived in the district or not. [11] Cox said that he "sees nothing wrong with campaigns using something legal like a GPS device to determine if an electoral foe is breaking the law."[12] In New York it is legal for someone to secretly place a GPS device on the outside of another person's car. Democrats are outraged with the actions of Murray and Cox and are expected to press for legislation in the next legislative session in January 2015.[12]


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dean Murray endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward J. Hennessey (D)
New York Assembly District 3
January 1, 2015-present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Patricia Eddington (WF)
New York Assembly District 3
Succeeded by
Edward J. Hennessey (D)