Statement of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle on the Passing of Former House Speaker Tom Murphy

December 18, 2007

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle released the following statement on the passing of former Speaker Tom Murphy:

“Speaker Murphy loved the state of Georgia and committed himself to a life of public service. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, you could count on his words being truthful.  Murphy will mark our history books as a political legend and will be remembered as one who took care of his caucus.

“My favorite memory of Speaker Murphy was when I was fighting for an inter-basin transfer for ForsythCounty. He was in strong opposition and while I beat him in committee and on the floor, his knowledge and political prowess meant he beat me in the end. He understood the political process better than anyone I have ever known and I am fortunate to have watched him in action.

“Speaker Murphy will always be remembered for his service to our great state and commitment to do all he could to provide a better life for all Georgians. His family and friends will be in my prayers as they mourn his loss,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.