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Michael Murphy to Lead Milwaukee Common Council

Members of the Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday elected Ald. Michael Murphy as their new president.

Murphy succeeds Willie Hines, who resigned last week to become associate director of the city Housing Authority.

Murphy represents the 10th aldermanic district on Milwaukee’s far west side. He’s the longest serving member of the council, now in his seventh term.

After his election Tuesday, Murphy thanked his colleagues and family and praised Milwaukee.

"However, like any great city, we have challenges that poverty brings. In spite of these challenges, I know working together we can make a positive difference in the lives of our citizens. I will do all I can to make sure the confidence you have entrusted in me is not ill-placed," Murphy says.

The president presides over council meetings and appoints members to committees. Murphy also will serve as acting mayor when the mayor is out of town.