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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 Committee (1993-1996).

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.