Sandra Murman was elected as a County Commissioner in 2010, representing District 1. She was re-elected without opposition in June 2012. In 2014 Commissioner Murman was elected by her fellow commissioners to serve as Chairman of the BOCC. She served as Vice Chairman in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013. Prior to joining the County Commission, Murman completed eight years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1996-2004. Representative Murman was the first Republican Woman to hold the position of Speaker Pro-Tempore in the Florida House of Representatives.During her tenure in the House of Representatives, Murman worked on issues such as nursing shortages, long term care reform for elderly services, nursing home litigation reform, and critical reform of child protective services and foster care. She also spearheaded growth management legislation to address school facility issues, financial practice reviews of our school districts, and keeping adult entertainment establishments from being located near schools and children and led the effort to protect abandoned babies. As a longtime resident of Hillsborough County, Commissioner Murman has spent many hours volunteering her time as an active community advocate as well as a public policy leader. She has been directly involved in more than 20 organizations that support our community and enhance the lives of children and families. Her lifetime dream was to build a children’s museum in our community and spearheaded the Capital Campaign to raise $16 million to build the new Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. She also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Museum.
Commissioner Murman was selected to serve on the Prepaid College Foundation Board, the Junior Achievement Board, and the Florida Healthy Kids Foundation. She also serves as a civic leader on many other boards and commissions that help children such as past chair of the board of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Brandon Regional Hospital Board, and Junior Achievement, Hillsborough Kids, Inc., The Children’s Home, Healthy Start Coalition, founding director of LLT Charter School, Phoenix House, Mental Health Care Foundation, USF College of Nursing Advisory Board, West Central Girl Scouts Development Council, and many more.
In addition to her duties as Chairman of the BOCC and Chairman of the Value Adjustment Board, Commissioner Murman serves on the following Boards and Councils: Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI); Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC); Tourist Development Council (TDC); Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA); Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group; HART Authority Board; Metropolitan Planning Organization; Hospital Authority; Tampa Port Authority; Tampa Bay Water; CareerSource Tampa Bay; the Council of Governments; the Transportation for Economic Development Policy Leadership Group; and the Health Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACO). Most recently she served as Chair of the Economic Prosperity Stakeholders Committee for the county.
Commissioner Murman is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Indiana Universitywith a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. She is married to local attorney Jim Murman of Barr, Murman, Tonelli, P.A. and they have a daughter, Michele, who graduated from Florida State University and is currently a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Tampa General Hospital.