Bill Murat, JD, MBA
With more than thirty years of public service at the federal, state, and local levels, Bill Murat has the knowledge, experience, and relationships to successfully navigate the halls of government.
He served as Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Chief of Staff for nearly twenty years, in both her Senate and House offices. Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; and Commerce Committee, is Secretary of the Democratic Caucus and serves on its leadership team. As Chief of Staff, Murat was involved in all aspects of her legislative and political work and was her trusted confidential advisor.
In her tribute to him, Senator Baldwin, speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate, said “Bill’s steady hand of leadership has helped me weather the storms Washington brings and stay focused on what matters most—the people of Wisconsin.”
Prior to his work in Congress, Bill Murat served as a State Representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He served on the Criminal Justice Committee, the Committee on Children & Families, and the Committee on StateFederal Relations. He played a leading role in the development of revisions to the Wisconsin Criminal Code and the Wisconsin Juvenile Code. In its annual survey of legislators, Murat was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Madison Magazine.
During his service in the legislature, he was elected Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and a Member of the Democratic National Committee. On his election, national columnist John Nichols wrote “Keep an eye on Murat…he has the energy, the tactical skills and the principles of a young [U.S. Senator] Gaylord Nelson.” Madison’s most widely read publication The Isthmus said, “Murat is someone Wisconsin’s Democrats are glad to have on their side.” On his departure from the legislature, the leading newspaper in his district praised his service and said “Murat’s special interest was his constituents.”
Prior to his legislative service, Murat was a state prosecutor and County Attorney for eight years, including two terms as District Attorney for Portage County Wisconsin. Upon his departure, the Stevens Point Journal editorialized “Murat has been an excellent District Attorney. His successor would do well to listen to his counsel.”
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the Columbia Business School. He is admitted to the Bar in Wisconsin and New York. He holds a top-secret security clearance.
Bill lives in the DuPont/Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington DC.