Mayor Edward B. Murray set the tone for his administration by signing an executive order immediately upon taking office that raised the minimum wage of City government employees to $15 an hour. Within the first six months on the job he convened a committee comprised of business, labor, and non-profit stakeholders to address income inequality—setting the highest minimum wage in the nation. For this work, he was named one of Politico Magazine’s “50 thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction.”
Bold, progressive policy has defined Murray’s first term in office, as well as his 18-year history as a Washington State legislator representing Seattle’s 43rd Legislative District. Driven by his commitment to social justice and social equity throughout his career, Murray was well known in the Legislature for reaching across party lines to bring meaningful protections and resources to vulnerable populations.
Murray was prime sponsor of Washington state’s historic marriage equality law, and helped lead the successful R74 campaign to protect those rights. He was prime sponsor of the 2002 Safe Schools bill protecting sexual minority youth in schools and a landmark 2006 bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. During his time in the House, he drove legislation that doubled funding for low-income housing and invested billions in our transportation and transit infrastructure.
That same dedication to social justice shaped Murray’s mayoral agenda of making Seattle a safe, affordable, vibrant and interconnected city for all.
Since taking office, he has proposed a ballot measure to pilot a high-quality preschool program, established sustainable long-term funding for Seattle’s parks system, and provided a way to stave off imminent cuts to King Country Metro bus service. Murray’s honors include the 2002 Human Rights Campaign Leadership Equality Award; the 2005 Anti-Defamation League’s Cal Anderson Award; the 2006 Distinguished Public Service Award from the Washington State Psychological Association; the 2009 Legislator of the Year Award from the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs; and the 2012 Warren G. Magnuson Award.
Murray lives in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with his partner of 24 years, Michael Shiosaki. They married at St. Mark’s Cathedral in 2013.