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|Massachusetts State Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable|
|1993 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||22|
|Senate President, Massachusetts State Senate|
|2007 - present|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Place of birth||Boston, Massachusetts|
Murray has served on the Plymouth Democratic Town Committee and Democratic State Committee.
Murray attended Northeastern University, El Camino College, and Midwest Academy before earning her Management Program Certificate from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her professional experience includes working as a consultant.
Common Cause award
Common Cause of Massachusetts awarded Murray a Legislative Achievement Award in June 2010 for her work on a 2009 law governing ethics, lobbying and campaign finance. The law Murray sponsored bans all gifts to public officials, imposes a civil violation for gifts up to $1,000 and makes it a felony, both for the gift-giver and the gift-receiving state politicians, to receive a gift of anything with a value greater than $1,000. The felony charge comes with a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
Murray said of the award, "I am honored to receive this award for the work we did reforming our ethics laws. This legislation sent the message that we are serious about ethics reform, and that violations of ethics and campaign finance laws come with steep consequences. It was a significant bill that made our ethics laws among the strongest in the nation."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murray served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013|
Murray won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Plymouth and Barnstable District. Murray defeated Stephen Michael Palmer in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated Thomas Francis Keyes (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Massachusetts State Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable District, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Therese Murray Incumbent||58.2%||49,723|
|Republican||Thomas Francis Keyes||41.8%||35,776|
|Massachusetts State Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Therese Murray Incumbent||86.8%||9,176|
Murray won re-election to the Plymouth and Barnstable District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Thomas Francis Keyes ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Massachusetts State Senate - Plymouth and Barnstable District|
|Therese Murray (D)||38,852|
|Thomas Francis Keyes (R)||35,242|
On November 4, 2008, Murray won re-election for the Senate election for the Plymouth and Barnstable district. In this election she raised $745,874-; of that total $698,278 (93.6%) was from in state contributions and $47,268 (6.3%) was from out of state contributions.
|Massachusetts State Senate - Plymouth and Barnstable district|
|Therese Murray (D)||68,908|
In 2012, Murray received $794,769 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Therese Murray's campaign in 2012|
|Service Employees Local 509||$6,000|
|Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists||$2,000|
|Massachusetts Association of Realtors||$1,500|
|Sheridan, Robert K||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$$794,769|
In 2010, Therese Murray reported $310,235.80 in campaign contributions from 1,788 individual contributions. Murray was the top State recipient of lobbyist campaign money, with casino and Indian gaming lobbyist money leading that list with a combined $10,199 in donations.
|Gaming industry lobbyists||$9,699|
According to campaign finance reports, casino lobbying interests were among the largest special interest group donating to Murray in 2009.
Her four largest individual contributors in 2008 were:
|Sheet Metal Workers||$2,750|
|National Government Empoyees||$2,250|
|Government Employees Local R1-282||$1,250|
|Government Emplyees Local R-1 207||$1,250|
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- Associated Industries of Massachusetts: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
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Therese Murray was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Murray has been involved with a number of organizations, including the Cape and Islands Democratic Council, Cranberry Station, Board of Directors, CURA, Democratic Leadership Council, Massachusetts Democratic Leadership Council, Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth County Democratic League, Plymouth Democratic County League, Plymouth League of Women Voters, VNA Plymouth, Women's Business Network, and the Women's Transportation Seminars, Boston.
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- Massachusetts State Senate
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- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Therese Murray on Facebook
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- Therese Murray on YouTube
- State Surge profile - legislative and voting track record
- Associated Press, "Mass. Senate President Therese Murray Won’t Seek Re-Election," February 8, 2014. Accessed February 11, 2014
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Murray
- Pembroke Express, "Murray recognized for championing ‘good government’ legislation," June 14, 2010
- AP "Massachusetts - Summary Vote Results," accessed September 6, 2012
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed March 18, 2014
- Follow the Money 2008
- Follow the Money, "Massachusetts 2012 - Candidates," accessed June 18, 2014
- 2010 banner year for Mass gaming lobbyists and their pols, WampaLeaks, June 17, 2011.
- Gambling lobby spends big in Massachusetts Eagle Tribune, March 10, 2010.
- 2008 contributors to Therese Murray
- Therese Murray Leads in Lobbyist Largess, Patriot Ledger, January 2, 2009.
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