Tom Murry

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Thomas O. Murry
Rep Tom Murry.jpg
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 41st district
In office
January 2011 – January 2015
Preceded by Chris Heagarty
Succeeded by Gale Adcock
Personal details
Born (1977-05-08) May 8, 1977 (age 40)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tamara
Children 3
Residence Cary, NC
Alma mater University of Arkansas; PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy)
Campbell University; Juris Doctor (Law degree)
Profession Attorney, Pharmacist[1]
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Army National Guard.svg Army National Guard
Years of service 2014–present
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit 130MEBSSI.svg 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

Thomas Otis (Tom) Murry (born May 8, 1977) was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 41st House district in western Wake County between 2011 and 2015. He defeated incumbent Rep. Chris Heagarty in the 2010 general election and was defeated by Gail Adcock in the 2014 general election.[2]


Murry served as an at-large member of the Morrisville Town Council for five years after winning elections in 2005 and 2009. Murry resigned his council seat to be sworn-in as a member of the NC State House.[3]

In May 2010, Murry defeated Todd Batchelor in the Republican primary before facing Democrat Chris Heagarty for in the November general election. Heagarty had been appointed to the seat just months earlier by Gov. Bev Perdue to fill the remainder of the scandal-plagued[4] term of Democratic Rep. Ty Harrell, who had recently resigned.[5] Murry defeated Heagarty by a 54% to 46% margin.[6]

Murry did not face a primary opponent in 2012. Murry defeated his November 2012 general election opponent, Jim Messina, by a 52-48 percent margin.[7]

Legislative activities[edit]

In his first term as Representative of the 41st district, Murry was the primary sponsor of numerous bills involving medical or health care issues in North Carolina, including a GOP-led measure that sought to exempt North Carolina from the federal Affordable Care Act.[8][9]

Murry also sponsored legislation which sought to expand the state's alternative energy marketplace,[10] and drafted a bill seeking to overhaul North Carolina's economic development efforts.[11]

The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation (NCFEF) called Murry the most pro-business freshman legislator in the NC State House in 2010.[12]

Murry was ranked as the "Most Effective Freshman" in the North Carolina State House for the 2011-12 legislative session by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.[13]

Post-General Assembly[edit]

Following the 2014 General Election, Murry became the Chief Legal Counsel to North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin, assisting the judiciary with legislative activities and strategic initiatives.[14]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Sarah Ovaska. "The New Crop – Rep. Tom Murry". NC Policy Watch. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
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  3. ^ Cooke, Jordan (2011-01-08). "Questions loom about Morrisville council seat". Cary News. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Local Democrat facing accusations - In court documents recently filed by Ty Harrell's wife, Melanie Dupon, she said Harrell was "engaging in an adulterous affair with his mistress with whom he is still involved." |". 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Mark (2009-10-17). "Heagarty will replace Harrell in state House - Local". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  6. ^ "GOP Makes History by Securing Control of N.C. House, Senate". 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  7. ^ "North Carolina State Board of Elections". Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  8. ^ NC General Assembly webmasters. "North Carolina General Assembly - Bills Introduced by Tom Murry (2011-2012 Session)". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ "Bill Exempting North Carolinians from Health Insurance Mandate Passes House". The Lincoln Tribune. 2011-02-05. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  10. ^ Murawski, John (30 March 2011). "Bill would require utilities to double use of solar power". Raleigh News & Observer. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Murawski, John (8 April 2011). "Bill would change state recruiting". Raleigh News & Observer. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Latest Stories (2011-11-08). "Rep. Tom Murry Ranked Top of Freshman Class by NC Free Enterprise Foundation". CaryCitizen. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  13. ^ Kulba, Leslee (18 October 2012). "Murry and Messina Face Off In Indy-Minded House District 41". Carolina Journal. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Campbell, Colin (30 January 2015). "Former Rep. Tom Murry lands legal counsel job at NC Administrative Office of the Courts". Raleigh News & Observer.