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Tim Murray
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Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Previous officeholder
In office
January 4, 2007 - June 2, 2013
Term ends
June 2, 2013
PredecessorKerry Healey (R)
Base salary$124,920
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2014
Campaign $$14,917,844
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
Bachelor'sFordham University
J.D.Western New England School of Law
Date of birth1968
Place of birthWorcester, Massachusetts
ProfessionTeacher, Attorney
Office website
Timothy P. "Tim" Murray (born June 7, 1968) is the former Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He was first elected in 2006 and won re-election in 2010. He served previously as Mayor of Worcester, MA.

On May 22, 2013, Murray announced his resignation, effective June 2, in order to lead the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.[1]


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.[2]


  • Graduate, St. John's High School
  • Bachelor's degree, Fordham University
  • JD, Western New England College School of Law

Political career

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."[1]

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[3] and Jennifer Carroll (R) resigned her position in Florida the following month.[4] 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.[5]

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 <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name


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.[6] McLaughlin and the board that approved his contract all resigned under pressure from Governor Patrick.[7] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[2]



See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

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.[9][10][11]


See also: Massachusetts lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

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.[12]

Massachusetts Gubernatorial/Lieutenant Gubernatorial, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeval 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
Total Votes 2,294,439
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth

Campaign donors

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.[13]

Tim Murray's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Massachussetts Not up for election $1,496,846
2010 Lieutenant Governor of Massachussetts Won $5,235,171
2008 Lieutenant Governor of Massachussetts Not up for election $3,325,912
2006 Lieutenant Governor of Massachussetts Won $4,859,915
Grand Total Raised $14,917,844

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.[14] Click [show] for more information.


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.[2]

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Lt. Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 725-4005
Toll Free Phone: (617) 727-3666
Fax: (617) 727-9725

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kerry Healey (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
2007 - 2013
Succeeded by