Timothy P. Murray was reelected in 2010 to a second term as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Working closely with Governor Deval Patrick, Tim works tirelessly to promote the entire Commonwealth, create jobs, improve public education, and making state government more responsive to every citizen.
As Lieutenant Governor, Tim works with Governor Patrick to push for progress on the important issues facing our Commonwealth. Tim leads the administration's initiatives to expand and improve commuter rail and freight service; to transform housing programs to achieve the Commonwealth's goal of ending homelessness; and to enhance services for veterans. He also works closely on policies addressing municipalities, military installations, substance abuse prevention and sexual and domestic violence prevention as well as improving the state's maritime ports and infrastructure as chair of the Seaport Advisory Council, and leading a STEM education initiative as chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Advisory Council.
In total Tim chairs twelve councils overseeing various public programs and investments. They include:
- Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council (STEM)
- Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness
- Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Prevention
- Municipal Affairs Coordinating Cabinet
- Regionalization Advisory Commission
- Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention
- Seaport Advisory Commission
- Governor's Council
- Latino American Advisory Commission (Co-Chair)
- Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse Task Force
- Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force
Prior to his election as Lieutenant Governor, Tim served three terms as mayor of Worcester, the Commonwealth's second largest city. Under his leadership, Worcester experienced unprecedented economic progress including $1 billion of new economic development projects to support Worcester's ongoing evolution from an older industrial city to a leader in the life sciences, higher education, financial services, advanced manufacturing and other 21st century industries.
As mayor, Tim served as chair of the Worcester School Committee, and fostered community partnerships to lower drop-out rates, launched school-based health initiatives and expanded after-school programs to support working families. Over time, with Tim's leadership, the city's public school system greatly improved, leading Worcester to become a national leader in urban education.
Tim was first elected to public office in 1997, winning a seat on the Worcester City Council. He was elected mayor of Worcester in 2001. Prior to serving in public office, Tim was active for many years in a wide range of community initiatives. He 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.
Tim is a Worcester native and the oldest of five children. His father taught high school and his mother is a registered nurse. Tim attended Worcester public schools and attended St. John's High School in Shrewsbury. Tim earned his bachelor's degree at Fordham University and then put himself through law school, attending night classes at the Western New England College School of Law while working days as a substitute school teacher and an advocate for homeless families. After earning his law degree, Tim became a partner in the Worcester firm of Tattan, Leonard and Murray.
Tim is married to Tammy (Sullivan), an occupational therapist who works with school-age children. They live in Worcester where they are proudly raising their young daughters, Helen and Katerine.
National Lieutenant Governors Association
Lt. Governor Murray is a member of the National Lieutenant Governor's Association (NLGA) and currently serves as the Chairman of the Association. Previously, he served as Treasurer from July 2010-2011 and as Vice-Chairman from July 2011 - 2012. The NLGA is made up of the Lieutenant Governors or second in command officials from all 50 states and the U.S. territories. As a member of the NLGA, Tim coordinates regional policies, shares best practices and leads policy workshops with his counterparts in other states. Visit http://www.nlga.us for more information about the NLGA and the recent activities of Tim and his colleagues.