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About Tim Murray

As Lieutenant Governor, Tim Murray is getting the job done for Massachusetts.

Tim works side-by-side with Governor Patrick to promote job growth in every corner of the Commonwealth, while delivering landmark reforms in ethics, education, pensions, and our transportation system, to improve efficiency and help bring back trust in state government.

As a former three-term Mayor of Worcester, the state's second largest city, Tim is deeply committed to the success of our cities and towns, and has made protecting local aid a top priority for the Patrick-Murray administration.

As the Governor's lead advocate and liaison to municipalities across Massachusetts, Tim works to foster economic development and advance projects to repair our crumbling road, rail, and bridge infrastructure following years of neglect by prior administrations.

Tim drove the negotiations with national railroad company CSX resulting in an historic agreement that will lead to expansion of commuter and freight rail service across the Commonwealth. He also led an innovative and successful campaign to bring Wi-Fi Internet access to our commuter trains and boats.

As Chairman of the Governor's Council on Veterans' Services, Tim fights to ensure that Massachusetts offers the nation's most comprehensive services to veterans and their families, while addressing the new challenges faced by veterans returning home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tim also chairs the Governor's Councils on Housing and Homelessness, and leads the state's efforts to combat domestic violence--issuing the first ever Public Health Advisory to elevate the profile and response to the issue.

On the national level, Tim has taken a leadership role as Eastern Region Chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association Executive Committee, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association.

Tim is the oldest of five children and is the son of a former high school teacher and registered nurse. He attended public schools in Worcester and St. John's High School in Shrewsbury. He then went on to study at Fordham University in New York City. Tim put himself through Western New England College School of Law, attending classes at night, while working days as a substitute teacher and housing advocate. Following law school, he became a partner in the Worcester firm of Tattan, Leonard and Murray.

Tim was first elected to public office in 1997, winning a seat on the Worcester City Council. He was elected mayor in 2001.

Under Tim's leadership, Worcester experienced unprecedented progress, with $1 billion of new economic development projects that are helping to transform an older industrial city into one that is well positioned to lead and grow in the new economy.

 As mayor, Tim chaired the Worcester School Committee, overseeing a system with more than 24,000 students. Tim helped make that city's schools among the best urban school systems in the nation. Tim built community partnerships to lower drop-out rates, launch school-based health initiatives and expand after-school programs to support working families.

Tim was elected Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2006, following a historic grassroots campaign alongside Governor Patrick.

Tim and his wife Tammy (Sullivan) are both Worcester natives. Tammy is an occupational therapist who works with school-age children in Worcester. They continue to live in that city where they are proudly raising their two daughters, Helen and Katerine.
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