Timothy P. Murray became President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce in June of 2013. He leads a team of professionals serving the region’s business community by focusing on economic development, public policy, member services, and other activities that contribute to a vibrant business climate. The Chamber’s mission of recruit, retain, and incubate aims to bring new businesses to the region, retain existing businesses, and nurture those in emerging sectors.
Prior to the Chamber, Tim was elected Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2006, following a historic grassroots campaign alongside Governor Deval Patrick. As Lieutenant Governor, he worked to promote job growth, delivered landmark reforms in ethics, education, pensions, and the transportation system. Tim led the Patrick Murray administration’s negotiation with CSX regarding the historic acquisition of tracks across the Commonwealth and facilitated Massport’s acquisition of Worcester Regional Airport. Tim also chaired the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Services and helped implement nation leading policies serving military personal veterans and their families. As Lieutenant Governor, Tim chaired the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association.
A life-long Worcester resident, he was a former three-term Mayor of Worcester, New England's second largest city. Under Tim's leadership, Worcester experienced unprecedented progress, with $1 billion of new economic development projects, such as Gateway Park and City Square, that are helping to transform an older industrial city into one that is well positioned to lead and grow in the new economy.
Tim attended public schools in Worcester and St. John's High School in Shrewsbury. He studied at Fordham University in New York City and put himself through Western New England College School of Law, attending classes at night, while working days as a substitute teacher and housing advocate. Following law school, he became a partner in the Worcester firm of Tattan, Leonard and Murray.
Tim and his wife Tammy (Sullivan), also a Worcester native, continue to live there and are proudly raising their two daughters, Helen and Katerine.