A veteran state lawmaker from Forsyth County has announced he will seek re-election.
Jack Murphy, a Republican who represents District 27 in the Senate, plans to run for a fourth term.
Qualifying for the July 31 primary election begins Wednesday and ends Friday. So far, just one other candidate, local businessman Steve Voshall, has said he will challenge Murphy.
A 29-year resident of Forsyth, Murphy said residents can expect him to continue his conservative stance.
“I’m one of the most conservative senators down there and I always have been and my record for Forsyth County is my record,” he said.
“In the last 10 years, I think I’ve accomplished quite a bit for the county and for the state, and there’s still a couple or more things I’d like to us get accomplished.”
Prior to the Senate, Murphy served two terms in the state House of Representatives. He said his goals for the future include continuing to work toward a balanced budget.
“We have learned a valuable lesson in this economic downturn,” he said. “We’ve learned we can live with a lot less, just like every family has learned to do. That’s an important lesson learned, and we’re going to continue to look at agencies and continue to look at a balanced budget amendment.
“Working toward those goals is what I want to do over the next couple of years to make sure we have less government regulations and more tax savings for our citizens of Georgia.”
Murphy said he has helped pass some important pieces of legislation for the county and state during his career.
“One of my first bills passed while I was in the House was requiring our magistrate judge be a practicing attorney,” Murphy said. “It was ridiculous that we were as big a county as we were at that time and anybody with just a high school diploma could come be … chief magistrate.”
Other highlights of his service include securing funding for many transportation projects and authoring an anti-texting and driving bill, which he said “has proven to save lives.”
“In just over the last six years, we have achieved $298 million from the Georgia Department of Transportation in state funding for the highways, and over the last 10 years, it’s probably closer to $375 million,” he said.
Murphy also noted his role in helping secure funding for the Georgia National Guard Armory and North Georgia College & State University’s campus off Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming.
He currently serves as chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions and as a member of the Ethics, Transportation, Public Safety, and Insurance and Labor committees.
He’s also on the Appropriations Committee and is subcommittee chairman of Insurance and Labor, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety.
Prior to the House of Representatives, Murphy served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, during which time he also attended the University of Delaware.
After his Air Force service, he returned to Georgia and began working for Orkin, where he rose to the position of vice president of its central region.
He later founded the Radar Exterminating Company in Atlanta. Outside the legislature, Murphy is president and CEO of a private investment firm consisting of rental properties.
Murphy attends the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Cumming. He is married to Linda. Together, they have seven children and 11 grandchildren.