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Murphy represents Kentucky at convention

While his classmates were preparing to move back to campus this fall, junior Tyler Murphy was in Denver serving as a first-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, held August 25-28. A political science major from Flatwoods, Ky., Murphy has been interested in politics since childhood.

“In Denver, I met people that I’ve watched every day on the news or on C-Span,” Murphy said, people like former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Murphy cited Sen. Ted Kennedy’s speech as a highlight of the convention. “Here was this man who has served our party for half a century,” he said. “Seeing him come out on the podium and hearing the response from the crowd was a powerful moment.”

Murphy, who is president of Transy’s chapter of College Democrats, was on Sen. Hillary Clinton’s staff in Kentucky and active in her campaign in the days leading up to the primary in May. He was also largely responsible for getting both Hillary and former president Bill Clinton to attend a get-out-the-vote rally at Transylvania on the eve of the primary.

Because of his involvement in Kentucky politics, Murphy said he already knew many of the other delegates, and the convention was a great opportunity to strengthen those bonds. “I love Kentucky, and to share the experience with the other delegates was exciting,” he said. “No matter how we cast our ballots, it was historic for our party and our nation. Being a part of that is something I’ll never forget.”

Murphy was not the only Transylvania connection at the convention. Jennifer Care Moore ’95, chair of the Democratic Party in Kentucky, was also a delegate.

Tyler Murphy at convention
Junior Tyler Murphy poses in INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, site of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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