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Therese Murray President of the Senate

D Plymouth
Therese Murray

Addresses

State House
Suite 332
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1500
Fax: 617-248-3840
Email: Therese.Murray@masenate.gov
District Office
10 Cordage Park Circle
Room 229
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-746-9332
Fax: 508-746-4910
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.1880 SD1896 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James B. Eldridge, Therese Murray, Bruce E. Tarr, Katherine M. Clark and other members of the Senate for legislation to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Therese Murray was elected Senator of the Plymouth and Barnstable District in 1992 and became the first woman President of the Massachusetts Senate in March 2007.

Throughout her career, Murray has been a driving force behind children’s issues and health care reform efforts, and helped pass landmark legislation including Children’s Mental Health and the Health Care Reform Act of 2006. Murray also co-authored and passed legislation in 2009 to restructure our transportation system; oversaw comprehensive reforms to our state pension system and our ethics, lobbying and campaign finance laws; and in 2010 passed an economic development bill and small business legislation to streamline state agencies, reduce operating costs and create new opportunities for investment and growth.

In 2011, Murray continued to lead the Senate’s reform agenda, overseeing legislation to reorganize the Trial Court and Probation Department and establish a transparent hiring process, further eliminating abuses in our state pension system, cracking down on human trafficking in Massachusetts, and authoring fundamental changes in how state government should operate with regard to state finance laws and performance management requirements. In 2012, Murray led the way in passing legislation to end financial abuses at our education collaboratives and relieve the state’s prescription drug abuse problem. She also took on the high costs of electricity with legislation to improve competition among utilities and helped author and pass unprecedented health care reforms to change the current payment model, provide better care and bring down costs.

Prior to becoming Senate President in 2007, Murray served as Chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee for four years, where her main responsibility was crafting the annual state budget. Murray’s other major accomplishments include Welfare Reform in 1995; a DSS overhaul in 1997; the consolidation of child care services in 1998; Mental Health Parity legislation in 2000; the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund in 2001; proposing Smart Growth affordable housing in 2004; Chapter 70 education funding reform in 2006; and a health care bill in 2008 that improves cost reporting and transparency, and promotes electronic medical records and uniform billing.

Murray is a 37-year resident of Plymouth and the mother of one daughter.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator
Children: 1

Career Highlights

  • 2007-present - President of the Senate
  • 2003-2007 - Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means
  • 2000-2003 - Senate Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Insurance
  • 1993-1999 - Senate Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Human Services and Elder Affairs

Education & Public Service

  • University of Massachusetts- Boston- Tier Two Management Certification
  • Mitigation Manager for the Massachusetts Highway Department
  • Community Relations Coordinator for American Cable Systems
  • Community Relations Consultant for Times Mirror Communications; Director of the Municipal Women's Project, Inc.
  • 2007-present – President of the Senate
  • 2003-2007 – Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means
  • 2000-2003 - Senate Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Insurance
  • 1993-1999 -Senate Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Human Services and Elder Affairs
  • President Murray with Paralympian Joe Howard

  • Party Lite

  • Reading to Kingston elementary students

  • MAPPS pre and 32 annual Conference

  • Plymouth Chamber

  • Reading to the Girl Scouts

Plymouth and Barnstable -- Consisting of the towns of Kingston, Pembroke and Plymouth in the county of Plymouth; and the towns of Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich in the county of Barnstable.

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