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Therese Murray
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Massachusetts State Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable
In office
1993 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 22
Senate President, Massachusetts State Senate
2007 - present
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
Office website
Campaign website
Therese Murray is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Plymouth and Barnstable district. She was first elected to the chamber in 1992, and has served as President of the Senate since 2007.

On February 8, 2014, Murray announced that she would not seek re-election in the 2014 election.[1]

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.[2]


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.[3]

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."[3]

Committee assignments


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.[4]

Massachusetts State Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTherese Murray Incumbent 58.2% 49,723
     Republican Thomas Francis Keyes 41.8% 35,776
Total Votes 85,499
Massachusetts State Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTherese Murray Incumbent 86.8% 9,176
Stephen Palmer 13.2% 1,400
Total Votes 10,576


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

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
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Therese Murray (D) 38,852
Thomas Francis Keyes (R) 35,242
All Others 35
Blanks 2,335


On November 4, 2008, Murray won re-election for the Senate election for the Plymouth and Barnstable district.[5] 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.[6]

Massachusetts State Senate - Plymouth and Barnstable district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Therese Murray (D) 68,908
All Others 801
Blanks 26,255

Campaign donors


In 2012, Murray received $794,769 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[7]

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
Safety Insurance$1,197
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.[8]

Donor Amount
Gaming industry lobbyists $9,699
Labor unions $7,600


According to campaign finance reports, casino lobbying interests were among the largest special interest group donating to Murray in 2009.[9]


In 2008, Therese Murray collected $745,874 in donations.[10] In 2008 Murray was the top Massachusetts state legislative official recipient of lobbyist donations.[11]

Her four largest individual contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
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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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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