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Murray, Richard


College: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Department: Political Science

Center or Program: Survey Research Institute


Phone: 713-743-3909


public opinion; political parties; elections; political marketing; Texas politics; Congress; legislature; political science; Survey Research Institute; state politics; local politics


Richard Murray is a native of Louisiana with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Government from Louisiana State University (1962, 1963) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota (1967). Dr. Murray has taught at the University of Houston since 1966, and is the Bob Lanier Chair in Urban Public Policy. After serving as the Director of the Hobby Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston for more than nine years, he is now concentrating on the HCPP's polling operations as the Director of the Survey Research Institute. His academic interests are in Houston and Texas politics, focusing on campaigns and elections, political parties and interest groups, and public opinion. Professor Murray has written extensively in these areas including co-authoring Texas Politics: An Introduction (6 Editions, 1972-1992), and Progrowth Politics: Change and Governance in Houston (1991), while teaching courses ranging from graduate seminars to introductory American Government. Professor Murray has previously consulted in more than 200 political campaigns. He conducts polls for The Houston Chronicle, other media, and local governments, and is the political commentator for the local ABC affiliate, KTRK-TV, Channel 13. In addition, his analyses and commentary are carried by television and radio, as well as print media such as The New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, and the Houston Chronicle.

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