The California Legislative Black Caucus Statement on the Passing of the Honorable Willard H. Murray, Jr.

SACRAMENTO – It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our former Chair and colleague, the Honorable Willard H. Murray, Jr., who passed away yesterday afternoon. Willard Murray, Jr. was an exceptional man and public servant dedicating more than 25 years to government service, working for Congressman Mervyn Dymally, the Los Angeles City Council, and the Los Angeles Mayor, Sam Yorty. He was elected to the State Assembly in 1988. He chaired the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on State Administration.

Murray’s legislative agenda focused on addressing education, criminal justice, economic development and healthcare. Willard Murray and his son, Kevin Murray, were the first father and son duo to serve in the Assembly at the same time. Willard Murray served in the Assembly until 1996. in public service. We are saddened to learn of his passing, and yet we celebrate his life and his  extraordinary accomplishments in government politics.

Prior to his tenure in the Assembly, Murray, Jr. was a brilliant engineer who worked in the Aerospace Division of TRW and later earned a Bachelor’s in Science from Northridge State College, Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and MBA from Loyola Marymount University. His political involvement began through his active participation in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.   

We mourn with the friends and loved ones of Willard H. Murray, Jr. and celebrate his life and tremendous legacy as a public servant. May he rest in peace.

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