Rest in Peace, Mr. Speaker.

Former Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy, who loomed larger than life over state politics for more than 20 years, died Monday night, state officials said. He was 83.


  1. kevpriest says:

    There was a lot not to like about the Speaker, but he was a friend to both Bremen and Atlanta, and there’s absolutely no avoiding his legacy if you live in Georgia.

  2. ChuckEaton says:

    Here is something I find fascinating that I didn’t realize until I read the article about him in the AJC:

    “Murphy was easily the most powerful House speaker in Georgia history. He had hardly any competition.

    Before 1966, governors were virtual dictators in state politics. They controlled every aspect of the state Legislature, selecting House speakers and committee chairmen in both chambers.

    Then came Maddox, who lost the popular vote to Republican Howard “Bo” Callaway. Neither won a majority, and the race was thrown to the Legislature. Lawmakers gave Maddox the governorship. But the price was the independence of the Legislature.

    It was Murphy who defined the power of the speakership over nearly three decades, using the state constitutional provision that gave his House primary control over budget matters.”

  3. GOPeach says:

    And that is the way it should be!

    Too bad the former Speakers did not READ the US & State Constitutions! I personally thought Tom Murphy needed “happy pills” but I will say he kept a clean House! His leadership style has been caught by Glen Richardson and I pray Glen stays in the State House a looooooooooooooooooong time like Tom Murphy did.

  4. memberg says:

    On his last Sine Die, it happened that Chris is Hardcore and I rode down in an elevator and walked out with the Speaker as he headed towards his personal trooper car. Of course, we didn’t know at that time that it was his last Sine Die and last day presiding over the House…but it’s still a cool memory.

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