|Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts|
|January 4, 2007 - June 2, 2013|
|June 2, 2013|
|Predecessor||Kerry Healey (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 2014|
|Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts|
|J.D.||Western New England School of Law|
|Place of birth||Worcester, Massachusetts|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Murray is a native of Worcester, MA. His father taught high school and his mother is a registered nurse. After law school, Murray became a partner of the Worcester law firm of Tattan, Leonard and Murray.
- Graduate, St. John's High School
- Bachelor's degree, Fordham University
- JD, Western New England College School of Law
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor (2007 - 2013)
Murray was first elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 2006. He won re-election in 2010.
Murray announced on May 22, 2013, that he would resign his position effective June 2 in order to lead the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. While Murray had been the subject of controversies, he said his decision had nothing to do with them, calling the move "a right fit and a right decision."
Murray's departure made him the first Massachusetts lieutenant governor to resign mid-term since John Kerry in 1985 and the third lieutenant governor across the nation to resign in 2013. Rick Sheehy (R) left his post in Nebraska in February and Jennifer Carroll (R) resigned her position in Florida the following month. Both cases involved scandals.
Murray's political troubles began in November 2011 with an automobile accident involving a state vehicle and questions surrounding his ties to an ex-housing director. He had been expected by many to seek the governor's seat after Deval Patrick (D) leaves office in 2015. However, Murray put those rumors to rest earlier in 2013.
As the Massachusetts Constitution does not provide a way to fill a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, the post will remain vacant until a new officeholder is elected on November 4, 2014. The situation previously occurred in 2001 when then-Gov. Paul Cellucci resigned and Lt. Gov. Jane Swift took over as governor, leaving the position empty. In the event that Deval Patrick (D) leaves office, Secretary of State William Galvin would serve as acting governor.
As lieutenant governor, Murray served as a liaison to local officials, as well as focusing on veterans affairs, transportation, and economic development issues. In his new role at the chamber of commerce he will be making over $200,000, a jump from his current salary of $124,920.Cite error: Invalid
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Connections to ex-housing director
When issues surrounding the income of the Chelsea Housing Authority Director, Michael E. McLaughlin, came to light, so too did the relationship and frequent communications between Murray and McLaughlin throughout Murray's political career. Subsequently, Murray stated that he had no idea that McLaughlin's salary was $360,000 a year. McLaughlin and the board that approved his contract all resigned under pressure from Governor Patrick. McLaughlin had been a financial supporter throughout Murray's political career which, while he was an employee of an agency that receives federal funding, could be in violation of federal law. Murray downplayed all of these issues saying that throughout his career, he has had many volunteers but he doesn't know the personal histories of every one of them. This also brought to light accusations of apparent cronyism where Murray helped McLaughlin's son, Matthew McLaughlin, get a job as a member of a board of appeals within the state's Registry of Motor Vehicles. This board would oversee appeals from drunk drivers who have lost their licenses. Concerns came from Anne Collins, the state Registrar of Motor Vehicles and were based on Matthew's long driving record which included a license suspension for the refusal of a breathalyzer test, along with six speeding tickets and comments made by Matthew where he referred to Murray as his "Godfather." Murray explained that he receives a lot of requests from people seeking jobs but only refers them to hiring officials, and does not hire or influence the hiring of people directly.
Automobile accident involving state vehicle
In November of 2011, Lt. Governor Murray was involved in an automobile accident where he initially stated that he lost control of his state owned vehicle on black ice. Authorities later concluded that, based on the car's black box crash data, Murray was driving at 108 miles per hour before driving off the road and crashing. It was also noted that he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. State police ruled that Murray had fallen asleep at the wheel, discounting black ice. He also took a breathalyzer test at the crash site and the test did not show any signs of alcohol. After the crash data was released, Murray acknowledged that he would accept responsibility for the incident and reimburse the state for the car. In all, he was cited $555 for speeding, lane, and seat belt violations.
Mayor of Worcester (2001 - 2006)
Murray was elected Mayor of Worcester in 2001, after having served on the City Council for four years.
Worcester City Council (1997 - 2001)
Murray was first elected to public in office in 1997, when he won election to the Worcester City Council. He served on the council for four years, until he was elected Mayor of Worcester in 2001.
After serious consideration, Murray, the presumptive 2014 gubernatorial contender, announced on January 18, 2013 that he had decided against making a bid for governor, or "any other statewide office" next term. “As I contemplate the commitment required over the next 20 months (and the following four years as Governor) and weigh that against my obligations and responsibilities to my young family, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Governor in the 2014 election cycle," he stated to his supporters via e-mail.
On April 2, 2010, Deval Patrick and Tim Murray confirmed they would run for re-election. On June 5, 2010, they were endorsed by Democrats at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention. Neither faced a Democratic challenger and in the general election held November 2, 2010, Murray defeated Richard Tisei (R), Rick Purcell (G), and independent candidate Paul Loscocco.
|Massachusetts Gubernatorial/Lieutenant Gubernatorial, General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Deval Patrick/Tim Murray Incumbent||48.5%||1,112,283|
|Republican||Charles D. Baker/Richard R. Tisei||42.1%||964,866|
|Independent||Tim Cahill/Paul Loscocco||8%||184,395|
|Green||Jill E. Stein/Richard P. Purcell||1.4%||32,895|
|Election Results Via: Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth|
Comprehensive donor information for Murray is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Murray raised a total of $14,917,844 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.
2006 and 2010
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Tom Murray's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Tom Murray's Campaign Contributions|
Lt. Governor of Massachusetts
Lt. Governor of Massachusetts
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$3,499,765||$846,483|
|Top 5 contributors||Massachusetts Democratic Party||$32,655||Massachusetts Democratic Party||$2,364,368|
|Shrewsbury Republican Town Committee||$31,619||Government Employees/NAGE||$10,000|
|Fortune Media Inc||$5,563||NAGE RI 207 - Robert Cusick Sec. Treas Theresa M||$5,000|
|Alice Wolf Election Committee||$5,500||Government Employees Local 291||$5,000|
|Sheet Metal Workers Local 17||$4,000||Worcester Democratic City Committee||$2,000|
Murray has served on the boards of the Worcester Public Library, Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester Community Action Council, the Worcester Working Coalition for Latino Students and Preservation Worcester. He and his wife, Tammy, live in Worcester and have two daughters.
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Massachusetts State House
Office of the Lt. Governor
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 725-4005
Toll Free Phone: (617) 727-3666
Fax: (617) 727-9725
- Tim Murray for Lieutenant Governor 2010 Campaign website
- Official State Biography
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Tim Murray on Facebook
- Tim Murray on Twitter
- Tim Murray on Flickr
- Tim Murray on YouTube
- Boston.com, "Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray to resign, says controversies had nothing to do with his decision," May 22, 2013
- The official website of the Governor of Massachusetts, "Meet Lt. Governor Tim Murray," accessed April 5, 2012
- The Wall Street Journal, "Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Resigns," February 2, 2013
- The Tampa Bay Times, "Florida Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll resigns," March 13, 2013
- Boston Herald, "Lt. Gov. Tim Murray says resignation about ‘opportunity'," May 22, 2013
- Attorney General Coakley probes donations Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray "The Boston Globe," August 31, 2012
- Murry tied to ex-Chelsea official The Boston Globe, November 18, 2011
- Mass. politician driving at 108 mph at time of car crash U.S. News on NBC News, January 4, 2012
- The Boston Globe, "Lt. Gov. Tim Murray tells supporters he will not run for governor in 2014," January 18, 2013
- Boston Globe, "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012
- The Walpole Times, "Murray: Grossman's plans won'y affect my decision on running for gub," January 7, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Elections Division, "2012 state election candidates," accessed April 5, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Timothy P. Murray," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Kerry Healey (R)
|Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
2007 - 2013
| Succeeded by|