Tom Murt

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Thomas Murt
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 152nd district
Assumed office
January 2, 2007[1]
Preceded by Sue Cornell
Personal details
Born 1960
Abington, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maria
Children 3 children
Residence Upper Moreland Township
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch U.S. Army Reserve
Years of service 1990—2008
Rank Staff Sergeant
Unit 656th Area Support Group, and 4th Infantry Division

Thomas P. Murt (born 1960) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 152nd legislative district. He was first elected in 2006.[2][3]

Tom Murt is a native of Hatboro, Pennsylvania and graduated from Archbishop Wood High School.[4] He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Penn State University and a Master's degree in Education from La Salle University.[4] He also earned a Teaching Certificate from Gwynedd-Mercy College.[4] He has completed graduate economics coursework at Temple University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education there.[4]

Murt served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1990 to 2008.[5] In 2003, he was called to active duty and served for 14 months with the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division in Iraq.[5] Following his deployment in Operation: Iraqi Freedom, Murt returned to the U.S. Army Reserve with the 656th Area Support Group.[6]

Prior to elected office, he was assistant coordinator for the Counseling and Advising Center at Penn State Abington, where he also taught business classes.[5] Murt was elected to the Upper Moreland Township Board of Commissioners in 1993 and served for ten years but resigned after he was called to active duty in the Army.[5] He also served on the board of the Upper Moreland School District.[4]

In 2006, Tom Murt ran for the Pennsylvania State House against incumbent Sue Cornell in the Republican primary. He benefited from voter anger over the 2005 legislative pay raise. Even though Cornell won the party endorsement and had support from other State Representatives Murt prevailed in the primary with 55% of the vote.[7][8] Murt went on to defeat Democrat Michael Paston in the general election with 54% of the vote.[3] Before Murt was up for re-election in November 2016, he proposed a bill that would set the standards of drinking water in Pennsylvania, which would especially affect Bucks and Montgomery counties. The bill is an amendment to the 1984 state Safe Drinking Water Act.[9] In the 2016 Pennsylvania House of Representative elections, Tom Murt was re-elected to his seat after defeating Democratic nominee Albert J. DerMovsesian, Sr.[10] Murt won his 2016 re-election with 64.22% of the vote.[11]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2007 191ST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY No. 1" (PDF). LEGISLATIVE JOURNAL. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
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  3. ^ a b "2006 General Election - Representative in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Representative Thomas P. 'Tom' Murt (PA)". Project Vote Smart. Project Vote Smart. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Rep. Tom Murt Biography". Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  6. ^ Tom, Waring (2006-01-26). "Cornell in for a seat fight". Northeast Times. Archived from the original on 2006-03-27. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  7. ^ "2006 General Primary - Representative in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  8. ^ Waring, Tom (2006-05-25). "Primary shocker in the 152nd". Northeast Times. Archived from the original on 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  9. ^ Bagenstose, Kyle (2016-10-26). "Rep. Tom Murt introduces bill to set state PFC water standard; legislation could have widespread implications for Bucks, Montgomery counties". The Intelligencer. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  10. ^ Menno, Christian (2016-11-09). "152nd PA House District: Tom Murt defeats Al Dermovsesian Sr.". The Intelligencer. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  11. ^ Heinze, Justin (2016-11-08). "Hatboro Election Results: Republican Thomas Murt Wins". Hatboro-Horsham, PA Patch. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 

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