Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
Friday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m., Harned Hall
The speaker will be Washington State Senator Ed
Murray. Senator Murray’s talk will focus on the pending bill to abolish
the death penalty in Washington and other current legislative matters.
Senator Murray (D-43rd District, Seattle) has been a
member of the Washington State Legislature for the past twelve years and
a state senator since 2006. As chair of the House Capital Budget
Committee, then-Representative Murray led the effort for a substantial
increase in funding for community college construction and for doubling
the funding for low-income housing, housing for the developmentally
disabled and victims of domestic violence. His commitment to
environmental concerns resulted in a significant increase in funding
dedicated to such programs as the Washington Wildlife and Recreation
Program, the Trust Land Transfer, and salmon restoration. During his
four years as chair of the House Transportation Committee, Murray forged
a legislative consensus on two historic transportation packages in 2003
and 2005 – resulting in the first new revenue for transportation in 13
years. He was also a prime sponsor for legislation requiring cleaner
auto emission standards in our state.
While a House member, Murray led the successful
effort to pass civil rights legislation to protect gay and lesbian
Washingtonians from discrimination in employment, housing, and financial
transactions. The 2006 passage of this bill – and several memorable
speeches – successfully ended an almost 30-year effort. In 2008, a
second bill that vastly expands these rights, responsibilities, and
protections also successfully passed and was signed into law. Sen.
Murray serves on the Health and Long-Term Care Committee and the Rules
Committee, and as Majority Caucus Chair. Sen. Murray has received
numerous accolades and awards for his work in a number of areas
including transportation, civil rights, education, health care, and the
environment. Currently, Sen. Murray is the leading sponsor of Washington
SB 5476, a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state.