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Timothy Patrick "Tim" Murray (born June 7, 1968) is an American lawyer and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 71st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2013, when he resigned to become the head of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce. Murray had previously served as a member of Worcester City Council from 1998 to 2007 and as the Mayor of Worcester from 2002 to 2007 (mayors in Worcester concurrently serve as at-large members of the City Council).

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71st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 4, 2007 – June 2, 2013
GovernorDeval Patrick
Preceded byKerry Healey
Succeeded byKaryn Polito (2015)
Mayor of Worcester
In office
2002 – January 9, 2007
Preceded byRaymond Mariano
Succeeded byKonstantina Lukes
At-large member of the Worcester City Council
In office
Personal details
Timothy Patrick Murray

(1968-06-07) June 7, 1968 (age 51)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Tammy Sullivan
Alma materFordham University
Western New England College
ProfessionTeacher, Lawyer

Early life and educationEdit

Murray was born and raised in Worcester. His father taught high school and his mother worked as a nurse. He attended Worcester public elementary schools, and later went to St. John's High School in Shrewsbury.[1]

Murray earned his bachelor's degree at Fordham University. While at Fordham, Murray served as an aide to Bronx Borough President, Fernando Ferrer. He put himself through law school attending classes at night while working days as a substitute school teacher, earning his law degree from the Western New England College School of Law.[1]

Following Law School, he became a partner in the Worcester firm of Tattan, Leonard and Murray[2].

In 1997, Murray was elected to serve on the Worcester City Council as an at-large member.[3]

Mayor of WorcesterEdit

He was elected mayor of the city in 2001, a position he held up until 2007 when he was inaugurated as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He was reelected twice, in both 2003 and 2005. In Worcester, which has a hybrid council/city manager form of government, the mayor is directly elected by the people and is considered the political leader of the city. The mayor is, by charter, chair of the City Council and chair of the School Committee, overseeing the city's 23,000-student public school system. The mayor appoints the membership of City Council committees and directs the council's meetings. The mayor is not the chief executive of the city; that power rests with the city manager, who is appointed by the City Council.[4]

As mayor, Murray promoted brownfields redevelopment, expanded commuter rail service and economic development. Through public advocacy, he helped to launch the largest downtown redevelopment project in the city's recent history, known as the City Square project, which involved redevelopment of a failed shopping mall on some 20 prime acres in the core of downtown Worcester. When first permitted, the City Square project was the single largest development project in Massachusetts history outside of Boston, but the $1.1 billion proposed downtown center in Quincy may surpass City Square if it is built as planned.

Murray has also 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.

Lieutenant Governor of MassachusettsEdit

In 2006 Murray ran for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor, defeating his two opponents, Deborah Goldberg and Andrea Silbert on September 19, 2006, with 43% of the vote. He ran with the Democratic nominee for Governor, Deval Patrick, as a ticket in the 2006 elections, beating out the Republican ticket of Kerry Healey and Reed Hillman.

Once in office, Murray was appointed to numerous posts by Governor Deval Patrick. He was the Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans Services which works to provide benefits and services to members of the military and their families[5] and secure federal grants for housing and services for veterans;[6] he was also Chairman of the Seaport Advisory Council which works to enhance the economic development of the ports of Massachusetts[7] and has invested millions of dollars in improvements for the ports;[8] he was also Chairman of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness working to end homelessness in Massachusetts[9] and implement "housing first" reforms to keep families and individuals from needing to go into shelter in the first place.[10]

During this time, Murray also served as the Chairman of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Council, working to stress the importance of these areas of education to compete in the global marketplace.[11] As Chairman of the STEM Council, Murray worked to provide students with real world experience in STEM using public-private partnerships.[12]

As the point person for Governor Patrick on passenger rail and freight service, Murray spearheaded the negotiations with CSX for an agreement to move their current rail yard from Boston to Worcester, thereby freeing up some 80 prime riverfront acres in Boston for redevelopment; increase passenger train service on the Worcester/Framingham line; open a Transflo facility in Westborough[13] for intermodal shipping; and refurbish bridges on the rail lines in western Massachusetts to allow for double stacked trains to move all the way across the state without stopping.[14]

As the Chairman of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, Murray worked to protect and promote Massachusetts military installations and the businesses associated with them. Last year Massachusetts received over $13.9 billion in federal contracts for industries related to national defense.[15]

On April 2, 2010, Governor Patrick and Murray confirmed they would run for re-election. On June 5, 2010, they were endorsed by Democrats at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention. Both faced no other Democratic challengers. Other gubernatorial candidates in the 2010 election included Republican Charlie Baker, Independent Tim Cahill, and Green/Rainbow Jill Stein. The election took place on November 2, 2010, and Patrick and Murray were re-elected with 48.4% of the vote.[16]

The Lieutenant Governor checked himself into St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester on July 5, 2010 after feeling chest pains. He had marched in five parades over the weekend for Independence Day celebrations in 90 degree heat. The following day, he remained hospitalized for further testing and was said to be in good spirits.[17] On July 7 he was released from the hospital.

On January 4, 2011, Murray came across a burning minivan while driving through Worcester, Massachusetts. Hearing a witness to the accident say that children were still inside the vehicle, he approached the van and helped two children from it, returning them to their grandmother.[18]

Auto crash controversyEdit

On November 2, 2011, Murray crashed a government-owned vehicle on a stretch of Interstate 190.[19] Initially, police investigating did not issue any citations.

Murray initially claimed he simply lost control on the ice, wasn't speeding, was wearing a seat belt and braked. But those claims were all later disproven when the Crown Victoria black box data recorder information was released.[20] The data revealed the car was traveling 108 miles per hour, accelerated and that Murray was not wearing a seat belt at the time the vehicle collided with a rock ledge and flipped over. Murray was unhurt in the accident.[19]

Resignation and political futureEdit

With Deval Patrick not seeking re-election in 2014, Murray was considered by some to be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for Governor.[21][22] However, he announced in January 2013 that he would not run for Governor.[23]

On May 22, 2013, The Boston Globe reported that Murray would resign the position of lieutenant governor to become head of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, a job that pays more than his government salary.[24]

On August 29, 2013, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that former Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and his campaign committee have agreed to pay a total of $80,000 to resolve allegations that he accepted contributions unlawfully solicited by state employees on his behalf.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

He and his wife, Tammy (Sullivan) live in Worcester with their two daughters, Helen and Katerine. Tammy, also born in Worcester, is an occupational therapist who works with children.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c [1] Archived June 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Ballotpedia - Tim Murray". 2019-04-11. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  4. ^ "City Government | City of Worcester, MA". Archived from the original on 2013-08-08. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  5. ^ [2] Archived December 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ John Suchocki, The Republican (2012-10-04). "Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray announces $1.4 million federal grant for veterans' services, solicits input from Western Massachusetts providers". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  7. ^ [3] Archived December 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Lt. Governor Tim Murray and Seaport Advisory Council Vote on $4.1 Million for... - Boston, MA". 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  9. ^ [4] Archived December 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Funds To Combat Homelessness". 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  11. ^ "Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito". Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  12. ^ "Massachusetts Green HPC Center Opens". HPCwire. 2012-11-19. Archived from the original on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  13. ^ "Ceremony marks opening of Westborough Transflo facility - Westborough, MA - Westborough News". 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  14. ^ "CSX Corporation Agreement Finalized". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  15. ^ "Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito". Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  16. ^ "Governor - Massachusetts - Campaign 2010". Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  17. ^ "Lt. Gov. Tim Murray Hospitalized With Chest Pains, St. Vincent Hospital; Will Be Released Wednesday". 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  18. ^ [5][dead link]
  19. ^ a b Archived from the original on January 4, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Data wrecks Lt. Gov. Tim Murray's tale | Boston Herald". 2012-01-04. Archived from the original on 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  21. ^ Noah Bierman (January 5, 2011). "Patrick plans to expand travels". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  22. ^ "With Charlie Baker on the job hunt, GOP chair hints at 2014 run". State House News Service. December 20, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  23. ^ "Lt. Gov. Tim Murray tells supporters he will not run for governor in 2014". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  24. ^ "Report: Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Will Resign To Take New Job". 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  25. ^ "Former Lieutenant Governor to Pay $80,000 to Resolve Allegations of Receiving Unlawfully Solicited Contributions". 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2014-12-29.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond Mariano
Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
2002 – January 9, 2007
Succeeded by
Konstantina Lukes
Preceded by
Kerry Healey
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
2007 – June 2, 2013
Succeeded by
Karyn Polito