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Thomas P. Murt

Tom, the fourth of five sons, was born and raised in Hatboro. His father worked as a union plumber and his mother cleaned homes and worked in a bindery to support their family. Tom graduated from St. John Bosco School and Archbishop Wood High School. He is a graduate of Penn State University, with a B.S. in Economics, and a M.A. in Education from La Salle University. On May 10, 2018, he graduated from Temple University with a doctorate in Education (Ed.D.).

Tom works full-time as a State Legislator. He lives in Upper Moreland Township with his wife of 28 years, Maria Formanek Murt, Ph.D., R.N., an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Temple University. Tom and Maria have three children, Katherine, a 2014 graduate of Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College; Daniel, a 2017 graduate and Schreyer Scholar at Penn State University's College of Engineering; and Patrick, a sophomore in college. Tom volunteers his time to the Upper Moreland Soccer Club, and to the religious education program at St. David Parish in Willow Grove. Tom also volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Upper Moreland Education Foundation.

Tom Murt made many notable contributions to his country and his community over the past two decades. During the ten years he served as a Commissioner and four years as a School Director in Upper Moreland Township, he was also an Army Reservist, stationed at the Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base. Tom was called to active duty in the earliest weeks of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, and deployed to Iraq in April of 2003. For 14 months, he served the 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit, interrupting his public service temporarily while in the service of his country. Tom entered the Retired Reserve with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

In any office he held, Tom Murt put public service ahead of politics and placed the needs of the people as his top priority. He earned a reputation for his dedicated service to his constituents. As Commissioner in Ward 3 of Upper Moreland Township, he founded the Upper Moreland Historical Association, and spearheaded the Historical Trail Project. He initiated the action to save the Boileau Farmstead on Byberry and Orangemans Road, recognizing it as the last remaining colonial-era farmstead in Upper Moreland Township. He founded Brooks Street Park in Willow Grove, and created Ward 3 Kids Day. He also initiated the Holiday Helping Hands and Santa Claus Programs, while arranging for care packages and foodstuffs to be donated to families in the community who were struggling, or who were suffering as a result of unemployment. He also organized the Tropical Storm Allison Clean-Up Volunteers, who pooled their talents to come to the aid of Upper Moreland residents whose homes were ruined by flooding.

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Tom Murt: Proven Leadership in Our Community:

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Tom Murt: A Long History of Community Service

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