The year is 1961. Thomas B. Murphy, a 37-year-old country lawyer,
former collegiate boxer and World War II vet from Bremen, Georgia, is
sworn in for his first term as a member of the Georgia House of
Representatives. Few or none could predict then that this volatile
young legislator -- quick of wit, tongue as sharp as a penny nail --
would become one of the most politically powerful men in the history of
Thomas B. Murphy was the longest serving state house speaker in the country. Speaker of the House: The Thomas B. Murphy Story -- premiered Wednesday, March 20, 2002. Georgia Public Broadcasting brings back this special documentary in remembrance of former Speaker Thomas B. Murphy, who passed away on December 17, 2007.
The Speaker of the House: The Thomas B. Murphy Story production
team is: Executive Producer, Host and Writer: Susan Hoffman; Director
of Photography: Wayne Baumgardner; Editor: Amy Hults; Additional
Photography: Shane Keating; Production Research: Clem McIntosh, Ashlie
Wilson; Director, GPTV Productions: Mike Klein.