Elected officials from Georgia’s past and present gathered under the Gold Dome today to pay tribute to the man who led the Georgia House of Representatives for twenty-eight years; longer than any other speaker in American history.
Flanked by an honor guard of Georgia State Patrol troopers, Speaker Murphy’s flag-draped casket was brought into the chamber that he presided over for so many years and received by two of his successors, Glenn Richardson and Terry Coleman.
“He was a giant of Georgia; a giant of Georgia politcs,” current House Speaker Glenn Richardson said. “He cannot be classified as anything but a giant of Georgia.”
“Tom Murphy loved this House,” said former House Speaker Terry Coleman. “He led this House with the humility and wisdom of Harry Truman.”
Former Gov. Zell Miller who, as Lt. Governor, had many struggles with Speaker Murphy, described the ceremony as “beautiful.”
“It captured the powerful personality [of Speaker Murphy] very well,” Miller said.