Maureen Murphy (November 14, 1952 – August 9, 2008) was a politician in Illinois and a Chairman of the Cook County Republican Party (US) from 2002 to 2004. She was the first woman to hold that position.
Maureen Murphy was a lifelong resident of Evergreen Park, Illinois. She served on the Evergreen Park High School Board where she was elected in 1982 and as Worth Township Clerk from 1985 to 1989. She was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives representing Illinois' 36th district from 1993 to 1997; while State Representative, she chaired the House revenue committee. Maureen Murphy also served as Worth Township Republican Committeeman.
Murphy served as Chairman of the Cook County Republican Party from 2002 to 2004; she was the first woman to hold that position.
She also served as the 1st district Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review from 1998 to 2007. On November 7, 2006 Murphy was defeated in her bid for reelection losing to Democrat Brendan F. Houlihan by a narrow margin of 2.4% (Source: Cook County Clerk). Maureen was the first woman, first Republican, and first suburban resident to serve in the Cook County Board of Review. Murphy developed lung cancer which would eventually take her life in 2008. She was succeeded by her son Shaun as Worth Township Republican Committeeman. He briefly considered running for his mother's Board of Review seat...
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