Ed Murray is a fourth-generation Wyoming native, experienced businessman, family man, and the Secretary of State-elect for the State of Wyoming.
For the past thirty years, Ed has devoted his career to private enterprise in Wyoming. He has focused on building small businesses, growing the economy, creating jobs, and improving communities. Ed has led numerous development efforts in Laramie County, resulting in hundreds of opportunities for housing, schools, open spaces, businesses, churches, bike paths, and new and improved infrastructure for Wyoming residents.
Ed’s track record proves that he is capable of building an honest, thriving business from the ground up. His success can be attributed to his keen entrepreneurial spirit, acute attention to detail, uncompromising integrity, and genuine desire to lead positive change. As Wyoming’s Secretary of State-elect, he is prepared to bring his edge to the way Wyoming does business, centering on transparency, innovation, and efficiency.
In addition to being a business veteran, Ed is a community servant and supporter of charitable causes. He has served as a consultant and on the board of directors for numerous organizations, including the Laramie County Community College Foundation (as President) and the Cheyenne-Laramie County Corporation for Economic Development (where he was instrumental in assembling the property for the North Range Business Park, where companies like Sam’s Distribution Center and Microsoft Data Center are now situated). In addition, Ed and his wife, Caren, are strong advocates of education, having contributed property for school sites and funding for scholarships and endowments for LCCC cultural series.
Born and raised in Laramie County, Ed graduated from Central High School in 1976 and went on to receive a degree in business administration with dual majors in finance and real estate. Following his college graduation, Ed earned his J.D. at the University of Wyoming College of Law before returning to Cheyenne to put his education to use by starting his own business.
Above all, Ed’s priority has been bringing up his family with his wife of 28 years, Caren. Ed and Caren have raised four daughters in Cheyenne: Meghan (27), Erin (25), Kelley (22), and Frannie (19). The Murray family has been a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Parish. Ed calls it a privilege to have raised four daughters in the Equality State. He believes that Wyoming and its unparalleled uniqueness, traditions, and freedom played an indispensable role in allowing his daughters to grow into the individuals they are today.
Ed won the Republican primary election for Secretary of State on August 19, 2014. He won the general election on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.
Ed summarizes his motivation to run for office with a quote from Thomas Jefferson regarding the duty of public service: “A tour of duty in whatever line he can be most useful to his country is due from every individual.” He is honored by the opportunity to serve Wyoming as the 21st Secretary of State.