Willard H. Murray Jr.

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Willard Murray
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1931-01-01) January 1, 1931 (age 88)
Los Angeles, California
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Air Force
Years of service1951–1958
Battles/warsKorean War

Willard H. Murray Jr. (born January 1, 1931) was a California State Assemblyman from 1988 until 1996.[1] Murray made an unsuccessful run for congress in a special election in 1996 when he lost to Juanita McDonald.[2] After that loss, he left the Assembly due to term limits.

Start in politics[edit]

After working as an engineer throughout the 1950s, he became involved politically with the onset of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. He served on the staffs of Los Angeles City Councilmen Robert Farrell and Billy Mills. On a state level, he served on the staffs of Lieutenant Governor Mervyn Dymally and as an advisor to the Senate Democratic Caucus. As a politician Murray focused on education, crime control, economic development, family values, homeless veterans, and pediatric and prenatal care for the poor.

Other accomplishments[edit]

Murray established the first Institute on the Preservation of Jazz as an Artform at California State University, Long Beach, and established the Center for African-American Educational Excellence and Achievement at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Murray coauthored legislation which provides for Superintendents of Education in both the CDC and the California Youth Authority to have literacy programs for inmates to preempt recidivism. In 1997, the government of California rewarded Murray with a section of the State Route 91 named after him.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Barbara Murray. He has two children, Kevin, a former state senator from California's 26th Senate District and Melinda, a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County.


  1. ^ http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/97-98/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/acr_78_bill_19970913_enrolled.html
  2. ^ Lawrence, Christine C.; Duncan, Phil; Quarterly, Inc. (COR) Congressional (1998-01-01). Congressional Quarterly's politics in America: 1998, the 105th Congress. CQ Press. pp. 193–4. ISBN 978-0-87187-909-7. Retrieved 28 April 2011.