House Representative

Murphy, Jim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/23/2014

Rep. Jim Murphy Announces Staff Changes

AUSTIN – Texas House Representative Jim Murphy (District 133) announced changes to his staff in his Capitol Office. Martha Bell Liner will serve as the new Chief of Staff. Ms. Bell is returning to office where she served as Legislative Assistant in 2007. Murphy’s long-time Chief of Staff Molly Quirk will be moving to the Office of Government Relations at the Texas General Land Office.

“We are pleased to have Martha rejoin our team and serve District 133 as the new Chief of Staff. As session approaches we will be focused on taking the lead on critical state issues that affect the people we represent in Houston as well as those in Texas,“ said Rep. Murphy.

”Molly has been a valued and loyal member of my staff for many years and I would like to congratulate her on this exciting new opportunity with the General Land Office,” he added. “The people of Texas are fortunate to enjoy her continued service.”

The members of Rep. Murphy’s District 133 team include:
Martha Bell Liner – Chief of Staff
Deanna Harrington – District Director
Benjamin Williams – Scheduler & Executive Assistant
Lichelle Armstrong – Legislative Assistant
Sarah Amid – Policy Analyst
Eiman Siddiqui- Legislative Assistant
Roel Benavides – University of Houston Hobby Fellow
Katherine Diaz – Texas A&M Public Policy Internship Program

Liner spent six years as a legislative staffer in the Texas State House of Representatives and served as the Executive Director of the Texas House Caucus. After three legislative sessions, she accepted a position with Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter managing campaign finance and consulting on political strategy. Her first foray into state government and policy was in Rep. Murphy’s office.

Williams will handle all scheduling requests and help Liner with the office’s administrative functions. Both Amid and Siddiqui served on Rep. Murphy’s staff as interns while attending the University of Houston. Now graduated, Amid and Siddiqui will join Armstrong, Benavides and Diaz in researching legislation, analyzing proposed bills, drafting position papers and talking points, and communicating the latest developments of the session with constituents.

Deanna Harrington will continue to serve as District Director in the Houston-based district. Harrington has served in this capacity for more than three years and is well-versed in the issues concerning residents of the area.

Representative Murphy represents House District 133 in west Houston. First elected in 2007, he serves on Texas House Committees of Economic and Small Business Development and Higher Education. Murphy is a member the Partnership Advisory Commission and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Manufacturing.


Benjamin Williams
The Office of Rep Jim Murphy
512.463.0514