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Murphy hired as legislative consultant for University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former State Senator Larry Murphy of Oelwein has
been hired as a legislative consultant for the University of Iowa for the
1998-99 academic year. Murphy is currently the principal and owner of
L&L Murphy Associates, an Oelwein consulting firm.
"I am pleased to have found a person of Larry's caliber to fill
this position," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "His experience
as a highly-regarded state senator and as chair of the Senate Appropriations
Committee makes him particularly well qualified to represent the university."
Murphy will perform many of the duties of the UI director of governmental
relations, a position Coleman created last year. The governmental relations
office oversees and coordinates UI relationships with state and federal
officials, their staffs and governmental agencies. The director of the
office is also charged with facilitating the UI's strategic plan to build
strong ties with external constituencies. Frank Stork has been serving
as the UI's interim director of governmental relations, but he is leaving
that position to become executive director of the Iowa Board of Regents
on July 1.
Though he will continue to live in Oelwein, Murphy will have an office
on the UI campus in Iowa City and will spend considerable time in Des Moines
during the 1999 legislative session.
In addition to announcing Murphy's appointment, Coleman announced that
the UI is beginning a search for an associate director for governmental
relations. That person will be a UI employee who will serve as a full-time
lobbyist in Des Moines during legislative sessions.
Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Drake University
in 1975 and worked for the Des Moines Register and Tribune as a sports
writer and editor (1973-75), and the Oelwein Daily Register, where he covered
local government, education, city and farm news (1975-79). He has worked
as a free-lance reporter and writer and as an adjunct instructor in communications
and journalism at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. He founded his consulting
firm in 1987, working with businesses and other groups on public affairs.
Murphy's political career began when he was elected as a Fayette County
supervisor in 1978. He served in that position until 1984, when he was
elected to the State Senate. In the Senate he served in a number of leadership
positions, including chair of the Senate Education Committee (1985-1990),
assistant majority leader (1991-92) and as chair of the Senate Appropriations
While a member of the legislature, he chaired a two-year study committee
to rewrite the Iowa School Aid Formula for funding elementary and secondary
schools. He is the author of Iowa's Open Enrollment Law (1989) and also
directed rewrites and the passage of the State Vocational Educational Standards
and the State Educational Standards for Schools.
Murphy and his wife, Linda, are the parents of three sons.