Paul McMurtry of Dedham has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2007. He represents the Eleventh Norfolk District, which consists of his hometown of Dedham, Westwood, and the Eighth Precinct of Walpole.
Paul graduated from Dedham High School and earned his B.S.B.A in Management from Northeastern University. He believes a focus on a quality education is the key to our future successes within our society.
He has been self-employed since the age of twenty as the owner of several small businesses, including PM Productions, a video store he created while in college, and the Dedham Community Theatre, which he currently owns and operates. Due to his experience as a small-business owner, Paul has a unique perspective and understanding of the needs of the community through his priority to customer service.
McMurtry is actively involved in the local branch of Rotary International, where he served twice as club president and whose motto, “Service above Self,” has been a major influence in his dedication to public service.
Representative McMurtry ran in a special election in 2007 to replace outgoing Representative Robert Coughlin. McMurtry ran as an independent having not held any prior elected office. He won a plurality of the vote in the three-way race, garnering 37.6% of the vote overall and 53.8% in his hometown of Dedham. McMurtry ran unopposed for re-election in 2008, 2010, and is again unopposed in 2012.
Paul is extremely proud of his 100% voting record since taking office; he is committed to representing his constituency with dedication and passion.
In the legislature, he has served as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development and as a member of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses and the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He is currently the Chair of the House Personnel and Administration.
Paul is honored to represent the Town of Westwood, the Town of Dedham and Precinct 8 of the Town of Walpole. He welcomes your telephone calls, e-mails and visits to the State House.