Robert E. “Buddy” Murray, Jr. was born on June 29, 1959 in Bangor, Maine into a politically active family. Buddy’s father, Robert Sr., worked at Sears Roebuck in various positions. Laura, his mother, was employed by several financial institutions. Buddy’s parents were both active in state politics. Buddy’s younger brother, Frank Murray, and sister, Cynthia Murray-Beliveau (wife of Severin Beliveau), have been involved in the state legislature. As a child, Buddy met President Carter and Maine governors Kenneth M. Curtis and Edmund S. Muskie. He attended John Bapst High School and Boston College, where he majored in Political Science and Theology. He worked for a year at Eastern Maine Development District, a governmental agency, then ran and was elected to the Maine State House of Representatives in 1982. After serving one term, he enrolled in law school. He joined the law firm Rudman and Winchell in Bangor, where he has been an attorney since 1989. He was elected to the Maine State Senate in 1996.
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