Monday, October 16, 2006
Sen. Kevin Murray to Join William Morris Agency As Senior Vice President
By a MetNews Staff Writer
State Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles, will join the William Morris Agency as a senior vice president, Chief Executive Officer Jim Wiatt said in a press release.
Murray, who is leaving the Legislature after 12 years due to term limits, will assume his new duties Jan. 1, the company said, working primarily with the agency’s 12-year-old corporate consulting division, William Morris Consulting.
“While we will miss his leadership in Sacramento, California legislature’s loss is our gain,” Wiatt said.. “Kevin’s accomplishments over the last decade have been well-documented and it is a thrill and an honor to welcome him back into our fold. Kevin brings with him a tremendous array of relationships, professional experience and industry savvy that will broaden our capabilities and deepen our expertise on behalf of our clients.”
The move marks a return for Murray to William Morris, which describes itself as “the largest and most diversified talent and literary agency in the world.” Murray started work in the mailroom in 1982 and later worked as a music agent.
While working in the agent training program, Murray finished MBA and law degrees.
He left in 1989 to practice law, and was elected to the Assembly in 1994. After serving two terms, he was elected to the Senate in 1998 and was re-elected to a final term four years ago.
As a lawmaker, he has been heavily involved in intellectual property issues, sponsoring bills on identity theft, spam, spyware, music piracy, video piracy and recording artists rights.
He also authored legislation to provide more than $3 billion in subsidies to expand the use of solar power.
Murray is a member of the Democratic National Committee and California Democratic Party Executive Board. He is also a member of the California Film Commission and an associate member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge and Loyola Law School, with an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.
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