Ed Murray

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Ed Murray
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Washington State Senate District 43
Former officeholder
In office
2007- December 31, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Leader, Washington State Senate
2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State House of Representatives
1995-2007
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Portland
Personal
BirthdayMay 2, 1955
Place of birthAberdeen, WA
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ed Murray (b. May 2, 1955) was a Democratic Washington state senator, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. Murray resigned December 31, 2013, in a letter to Governor Jay Inslee.[1]

Beginning in 2013, Murray served as Minority Leader, which made him the highest ranking gay elected official in the state; he previously served as Majority Caucus Chair.

Murray served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1995 to 2006.[2]

Biography

Murray earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Portland. He has worked as a legislative assistant for Seattle City Council Member Martha Choe.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murray served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules
Ways & Means

2011-2012

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

Elections

2013

Murray announced on December 5, 2012 that he was forming an exploratory committee to run for Seattle mayor in 2013. He did not fully declare his candidacy for the race because he cannot raise money or seek endorsements while the Legislature is in session.[3]

2010

See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Ed Murray was re-elected to the Washington State Senate District 43 seat. He ran unopposed in both the primary and the November 2, 2010, general election.[4][5]

Washington State Senate, District 43 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Murray (D) 42,365 100%
Washington State Senate, District 43 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Murray (D) 21,993 100%

2006

In November 2006, Murray was re-elected for the 43rd District of the Washington State Senate receiving 42,296 votes.

Murray raised $219,643 for his campaign.[6]

Washington State Senate, District 43 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ed Murray (D) 42,296
Loren Nelson (R) 4,876

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murray is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Murray raised a total of $872,642 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[7]

Ed Murray's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 43 Not up for election $42,633
2010 Washington State Senate, District 43 Won $162,706
2008 Washington State Senate, District 43 Not up for election $12,936
2006 Washington State Senate, District 43 Won $219,643
2004 Washington State House, District 43 Won $228,487
2002 Washington State House, District 43 Won $83,085
2000 Washington State House, District 43 Won $57,659
1998 Washington State House, District 43 Won $23,753
1996 Washington State House, District 43 Won $41,740
Grand Total Raised $872,642

2012

Murray was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $42,633.
Washington State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ed Murray's campaign in 2012
Strategies 360$1,700
Allergan$1,600
Washington State Residential Care Council$1,100
Genentech$1,000
Vulcan Inc$900
Total Raised in 2012$42,633
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Murray won re-election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $162,706.

2008

Murray was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $12,936.

2006

Murray won election to the Washington State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $219,643.

2004

Murray won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $228,487.

2002

Murray won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $83,085.

2000

Murray won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $57,659.

1998

Murray won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $23,753.

1996

Murray won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Murray raised a total of $41,740.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Washington

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2014

In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[8]

Missed Votes Report

See also: Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate

In March 2014, Washington Votes, the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.[9] The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the State House and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.[9] Murray missed 31 votes in a total of 621 roll calls.

Freedom Foundation

See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List

The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[10]

2012

Murray proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $99.7 million, the 23rd highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[11]

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation also issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues.[12] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Murray voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Ed Murray
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda
N N Y N

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Washington Senate District 43
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