A top aide to both House Speaker Michael E. Busch and later Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is seeking a return to the General Assembly after more than a two-year absence.
This time, Patrick H. Murray wants to be a member of the House of Delegates.
Murray, who heads the office of state relations at Johns Hopkins University, filed last week to run as a Democrat in District 34A in Harford County—a newly redrawn district that is currently represented by Dels. Mary-Dulany James, a Democrat, and Republican Glen Glass.
James has already decided to leave the House, where she has served since 1999 to run for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who is retiring.
Murray, who recently moved from his home in Baltimore to Belcamp, joins three other Democrats seeking the seat—Steve Johnson, Mary Ann Lisanti and Maria Posey-Moss.
Murray previously served as deputy chief of staff to Miller for nearly three years before leaving to join Hopkins in 2011. Prior to working in the Senate, Murray served three years as senior policy analyst to Busch. He also served more than a year as executive director of the Kansas state Democratic Party.
He graduated in 2001 with a bachelors degree in History from Swarthmore University and received his law degree from the University of Maryland in 2010.