Senior Government Relations Director
Chicago, IL | Springfield, IL
Matt Murphy leads the government relations practice for Mac Strategies Group, expanding the firm’s legislative and regulatory practice, advocating on behalf of a diverse group of clients on the city, state, and federal levels.
Murphy previously served as the Illinois Senate Deputy Republican Leader in the legislature earning a reputation as one of the most respected and thoughtful lawmakers in the state Capitol. First elected in 2006, he quickly established a niche as a go-to voice on budget and economic issues overall. Murphy served on some of the most impactful committees in Springfield such as the Executive Committee, Appropriations, Energy and Public Utilities, and Insurance Committees, plus the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).
Following the election of Governor Bruce Rauner in 2014, Murphy was consistently called upon by the administration and Senate leadership to serve on important working groups tasked with solving the state’s greatest problems.
Even in Springfield’s stubbornly partisan legislative landscape, Murphy was an effective, pragmatic leader who could be relied upon to work toward bipartisan compromise on difficult issues such as the state’s budget, reforming Medicaid, modifying workers’ compensation laws, and reforming the criminal justice system.
Murphy, a licensed attorney, is actively engaged in his community, serving on the executive board for the Palatine Park District Foundation and advisory board for the Preservation of Human Dignity. He is also a member of the Northwest Suburban Alliance on Domestic Violence and the Knights of Columbus Holy Ghost Council #4977.
A native of Mount Prospect, he attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa, and graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1996 with a Juris Doctor. Matt and his wife, Julie, reside with their four children, Erin, Molly, Kevin, and Colleen in Palatine.