Mike Murphy (New Brunswick politician)

Mike Murphy (New Brunswick politician)
Michael Murphy
MLA for Moncton North
In office
Preceded by René Landry
Succeeded by Marie-Claude Blais
Personal details
Born January 25, 1958 (1958-01-25) (age 53)
Moncton, New Brunswick
Political party Liberal
Occupation lawyer

Michael Barry "Mike" Murphy, (born January 25, 1958) is a New Brunswick lawyer and politician.

Murphy graduated from Moncton High School in 1976, from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1980 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1983. He received his Master of Laws from Osgoode Law School in 2002. [1]

A noted personal injury lawyer, Murphy was president of the New Brunswick Liberal Association from 1988 - 1993.

In 2001, he was mentioned as a potential candidate for the leadership of the New Brunswick Liberal Party,[1] but dropped out after forming an early campaign team. He supported Shawn Graham, the eventual winner.

He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 2003 election, then the only Liberal to win a seat in Moncton. Following the election, he was named as opposition critic for the Department of Family and Community Services a post he held until being elevated to finance critic in early 2005.

He was re-elected in the 2006 election and joined the cabinet as the Minister of Health.

Prior to the 2006 election, he was often rumoured to be a leading successor to Shawn Graham for the leadership of the Liberal Party. In June 2009, Murphy became the Attorney General and Justice Minister. He resigned from cabinet in January 2010 to spend more time with his family. However there are rumours that Murphy resigned over the NB Power to Hydro-Quebec deal, he has claimed this to be inaccurate. He returned to practice with his former firm Murphy Collette Murphy after an absence of 3.5 years as minister of the crown. Subsequent to his resignation as member of the legislature and minister he refused to give interviews and remained mum on all political matters leading to speculation of a planned return to public life in the future. In the Spring of 2010, Mike took a partner position at the prestigious law firm of Cox and Palmer in Moncton. Currently, Mike is seeking the position as leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick since Shawn Graham stepped down after losing the 2010 New Brunswick election.


Provincial Government of Shawn Graham
Cabinet Posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
T. J. Burke Attorney General of New Brunswick
Kelly Lamrock
T. J. Burke Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs
Bernard LeBlanc
Brad Green Minister of Health
Mary Schryer
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Stuart Jamieson Government House Leader
Greg Byrne

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