Jim Murphree

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Jim Murphree
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Former candidate for
Alabama State Senate, District 17
Date of birthOctober 27, 1962
Place of birthOneonta, AL
Campaign website
Jim Murphree was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 17 of the Alabama State Senate.

Murphree was a 2012 candidate for District 34 of the Alabama House of Representatives.


Murphee's professional experience includes being an Oneonta businessman and an insurance agent.[1]


Campaign themes


Murphree's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Education
Excerpt: "I believe a strong education system is the cornerstone of any properly functioning democracy. We as Alabamians should strive to give our children the best education of any state in the nation, and as your Senator I will work to ensure that all of our children have access to an excellent education."
  • Job Creation and Workforce Development
Excerpt: "Creating new jobs and protecting the ones we have will be central to my work as your Senator. As a small business owner for going on three decades, I know well the importance of a strong economy and the need to reduce government interference. We must continue our efforts to grow our economy after the failed policies of the Obama Administration, and I will work every day of my term to bring new jobs to District 17 and protect the ones already here. I have two kids, Hannah and Andrew, and everyday I think about their future. I want to leave them and economy and a life that they can be proud of."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "As a gun-owner and believer in the Constitution of the United States, I believe the right to bear arms is a foundational part of being an Alabamian and an American. As your Senator, I will fight tirelessly to prevent the bureaucrats in Montgomery and Washington from trampling on our Constitutional right to carry."
  • Ethics
Excerpt: "In my previous four years as a member of the State House of Representatives, I played an integral part in passing new ethics legislation to increase transparency and accountability in Montgomery. I believe a man's word is the greatest thing he has, and I pledge to continue my efforts in making your elected representatives remember they serve you, and not the other way around."
  • Obamacare
Excerpt: "From day one as your Senator, I will introduce legislation to repeal Obamacare in the state of Alabama and reduce its overwhelming effects on all of us."



See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Shay Shelnutt, Jim Murphree, Gayle Gear, Brett King, Adam Ritch, Joe Cochran, and Jim Roberts faced off in the Republican primary. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Shelnutt and King - met in a runoff election, which Shelnutt won.[3] Shelnutt was unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6][7]

Alabama State Senate, District 17 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShay Shelnutt 34.3% 7,480
Green check mark transparent.pngBrett King 30.1% 6,574
Jim Murphree 9.6% 2,084
Gayle Gear 8.1% 1,759
Jim Roberts 7.8% 1,698
Joe Cochran 6.7% 1,467
Adam Ritch 3.4% 745
Total Votes 21,807


Special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Murphree ran in the special election for District 34 of the Alabama House of Representatives. He lost against Bill Burns, Mark Butler, Joe Hughes, Chris Latta and David Standridge in the Republican primary on October 23, 2012.[8]

The seat was vacant following Elwyn Thomas's (R) resignation effective August 31, 2012 in order to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.[9][10]


See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010

Murphree was a Republican candidate for District 17 of the Alabama State Senate. The primary election was on June 1, 2010, and the general election was on November 2, 2010. Murphree was defeated in the June 1 primary by Scott Beason.


Murphree has two children.[11]

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