Ed Murray (Wyoming politician)

Ed Murray
21st Secretary of State of Wyoming
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Governor Matt Mead
Preceded by Max Maxfield
Personal details
Born (1958-03-27) March 27, 1958
Laramie County, Wyoming,
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Caren
Alma mater University of Wyoming

Ed Murray (born March 27, 1958) is an American businessman and politician from the state of Wyoming. He is a member of the Republican Party.


Murray graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law.[1] He operates an umbrella company, Murray Investment and Development, that contains 16 business entities. He is a developer and real estate investor.[2]

In March 2014, Max Maxfield, the Secretary of State of Wyoming, announced that he would not seek reelection. Murray declared his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination in April.[2] Murray defeated three opponents and won the primary election in a highly contested race. Murray largely outspent all primary opponents and won by only 1,632 votes with less than 37% of the vote.Murray then defeated Libertarian Party nominee Howard Kit Carson and Constitution Party nominee Jennifer Young in the general election, receiving 77% of the vote in a state widely known to support Republican candidates.[3][4] During his tenure, the Secretary of State's office began accepting online filings.[5]

Murray is widely speculated to be considering running for Governor of Wyoming in the 2018 election, when incumbent Matt Mead is term limited.[6]

Personal life

Ed Murray is married and has four daughters.[7]

Electoral history

Wyoming Secretary of State Republican Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Murray 32,944 36.86
Republican Ed Buchanan 31,312 34.93
Republican Pete Illoway 16,596 18.51
Republican Clark Stith 8,511 9.49
Republican Write-ins 274 0.31
Wyoming Secretary of State Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Murray 119,772 76.58
Constitution Jennifer Young 18,918 12.10
Libertarian Kit Carson 16,858 10.78
Write-ins Write-ins 859 0.55


  1. "Bellinghiere: Murray an excellent choice". Casper Star-Tribune Online. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  2. 1 2 LAURA HANCOCK Star-Tribune staff writer. "Ed Murray thinks business experience will help in Wyoming secretary of state bid". Casper Star-Tribune Online. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  3. "Ed Murray Elected Secretary of State". KGWN. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  4. "Murray will be Wyoming secretary of state". Casper Star-Tribune Online. The Associated Press. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  5. http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/04/20/news/01top_04-20-11.txt#.VFvQ7DTF81I
Political offices
Preceded by
Max Maxfield
Secretary of State of Wyoming
Succeeded by

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