Therese Murray was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1992 for the Plymouth and Barnstable District and became the first woman President of the Massachusetts Senate in 2007. Prior, Senator Murray served as Chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee for four years, where her main responsibility was crafting the $27 to $34 billion annual state budget.
Throughout her career, Senator Murray has been a driving force behind health care reform efforts in Massachusetts and helped pass the landmark Health Care Reform Act of 2006. In 2008, she oversaw legislation to increase access to primary care doctors, reduce waste and modernize the health system. In 2010, Senator Murray authored legislation to reduce small business health care costs and promote job retention and creation.
Last year, Senator Murray passed legislation to reduce the cost of care by setting a goal for reducing health care cost increases over the long-term and ensure continued access and improved quality outcomes.
As a leading advocate for children and families, Senator Murray passed legislation to expand the scope of the Mental Health Parity law, requiring health insurers to treat mental illness and substance abuse the same as physical ailments, and sponsored children’s legislation to improve early identification of children with mental illness.
Senator Murray has also led efforts to support economic growth and job creation and improve the education system.
Senator Murray attended the University of Massachusetts Boston and has received honorary degrees from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, New England School of Law, Westfield State University and Suffolk University Law School. Senator Murray has also received a number of awards in recognition for her excellence in public service, including the Saint Olga Medal in honor of her humanitarian missions to Pskov, Russia to help develop healthcare, economic, trade and tourism partnerships.