Dennis Murray (politician)

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Dennis Murray
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 80th district
Assumed office
January 5, 2009
Preceded by Chris Redfern
Personal details
Born (1962-05-25) May 25, 1962 (age 52)
Sandusky, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence Sandusky, Ohio
Alma mater Georgetown University
Profession Attorney
Religion Catholic

Dennis Murray was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 80th District since 2009.


Murray obtained his law degree from Georgetown University and returned to Ohio to work in his family's law firm in Sandusky, where he specializes in contracts, antitrust, securities, and investor and banking fraud. He was elected city commissioner in 2005, and served until his election to the House.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

With incumbent and Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern unable to run again due to term limits, Murray received the nomination to replace him. In the general election, he defeated Republican Ed Enderle with 53.22% of the vote to take his first term.[1]

In 2010, Republicans saw Murray as potentially vulnerable and fielded Jeff Krabill, a marketing form owner and Sandusky City School Board member, to try to knock him off.[2] However, he managed to keep his seat with 49.06% of the electorate, less than 1000 votes more than Krabill.[3] Murray was sworn into a second term on January 3, 2011.[4] Currently, he is serving on the committees of Judiciary and Ethics (as ranking member), Commerce and Labor, and Agriculture and Natural Resources. He also serves on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Advisory Board; and the Turnpike Legislative Review Committee.

Initiatives and positions[edit]

Corporate welfare[edit]

Murray has been a vocal opponent of Governor John Kasich's plan to privatize the Ohio Department of Development.[5] Along with Michael J. Skindell, Murray has filed a lawsuit against Ohio Governor John Kasich's JobsOhio privatization measure, which Murray has called unconstitutional.[6] One quarrel with the initiative is that under the Ohio Constitution, the Governor is unable to hold two positions, which would occur under JobsOhio.[7] Murray has stated he will continue to challenge the provisions.[8]

In yet another move that sought to challenge Ohio Governor John Kasich, Murray has challenged Kasich to withhold his campaign pledge to not allow drilling on Lake Erie. Kasich has proposed leasing state properties for potential drilling for oil and natural gas.[9]

Social issues[edit]

He also is an opponent of Matt Huffman's plan to raise Ohio's retirement age for judges seeking election from 70 to 75, stating he had practiced before several state and federal judges who appeared to have stayed too long on the bench. Nonetheless, both measures ultimately passed the Ohio House of Representatives.[10] Murray has acknowledged that there is no effective system of peers that can step up to sitting judges and tell them it's time to step aside.[11]

Collective bargaining[edit]

With a collective bargaining bill that looks to take away specific rights for public employees, Murray has come out in opposition, and voted against the bill while it was in committee.[12] He called the legislation masquerading as a budget issue.[13]


  1. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results (2008-11-04)
  2. ^ Murray, Krabill, Kayden debate at 10 a.m. today at Mr. Smith's
  3. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
  4. ^ Democrats sworn in amid GOP sweep
  5. ^ Kasich introduces new private economic development corporation
  6. ^ Vardon, Joe; Jim Siegel (2011-04-19). "Democrats, liberal group challenge legality of new entity". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  7. ^ Carr Smyth, Julie (2011-04-19). "Lawsuit: Kasich's JobsOhio board unconstitutional". Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  8. ^ Eggert, David (2011-08-22). "Supreme Court redirects JobsOhio suit". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  9. ^ Provance, Jim (2011-05-27). "Ohio House OKs drilling in parks". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  10. ^ Hershey, William (2011-04-12). "Amendment would raise maximum election age for judges to 75". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  11. ^ Siegel, Jim (2011-04-13). "Amendment would raise age limit for Ohio judges to 75". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  12. ^ Provance, Jim (2011-03-30). "Labor bill advanced by Ohio House committee". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  13. ^ Siegel, Jim; Joe Hardon (2011-03-31). "Assembly sends SB 5 to Kasich". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 

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