Stephen John Murphy was elected to office as an At-Large member of the Boston City Council in 1997. On Monday, January 7, 2013 Councilor Murphy was unanimously elected by his council colleagues to lead the city council as its President for an unprecedented third term. Since his election, he has chaired many of the Council's committees including Committee on Public Safety, Ways & Means, Government Operations, and Labor. Councilor Murphy has successfully shepherded the city's $2.4 billion budget through the budget process, always balancing the needs of the residents with the fiscal restraint for the taxpayers needed to maintain Boston's AA+ bond rating.
Councilor Murphy has been the leader on many important issues facing the city. He was the lead sponsor on Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) reform, which has since been taken up at the State House and has had significant changes implemented at the state level. Councilor Murphy was also the impetus behind the much needed changes to the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (P.I.L.O.T) program. For over five years Councilor Murphy pushed for changes to the program citing the need for tax fairness. The result was the Mayor’s Task Force on P.I.L.O.T. reform. The Task Force worked diligently on balancing the need for tax fairness while recognizing the benefits non-profits bring to the city. As a result, the Task Force made recommendations that are changing the P.I.L.O.T. program and have brought an additional $38 million to the City over a three year period.
Other important issues Councilor Murphy spearheaded were the Groundwater Overlay District implementation and installation of proper smoke detector technology for use in homes. In recent years, Councilor Murphy sponsored legislation that requires youth athletic organizations using city-owned facilities to provide concussion training to staff, coaches, athletic trainers, and volunteers. The legislation received resounding support and was adopted by the City of Boston as an ordinance. He also works tirelessly on the City's budget and issues regarding public safety, labor, elderly and education.
Steve's financial acumen has earned him high praise as an authority on public finance. He has been described as an excellent steward of the taxpayer's money. His knowledge of municipal finances was gained from his years serving in the State Senate as budget analyst focusing on local aid.
Steve attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Stonehill College where he received a degree in business administration. Steve worked for a transportation company during and after college, eventually becoming Vice President of the company before entering public service.
Steve was born in Dorchester and raised in Hyde Park. His mother is a retired teacher's aide with the Boston Public School Department and his father is a retired Boston Police Officer and attorney. Steve currently lives in Hyde Park with his wife Bridget Simmons Murphy.