City Council

  Mayor Bob Brown
  Ward 1 Victor Travis
  Ward 2 Robert Shankle
  Ward 3 Lynn Torres
  Ward 4 Don Langston
  Ward 5 Rocky Thigpen
  Ward 6 Sarah Murray



Sarah Murray


Councilmember Ward 6

(936) 634-3565



Sarah Murray was elected to the City Council in May 2011. She has been a Lufkin resident for over 50 years. Upon graduation from Lufkin High School, she attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she received a Bachelor of Science and a Masterís Degree in Education. She was also a member of the International English Honor Society.

Mrs. Murray is very active in the community and a member of numerous organizations including the Junior League of Lufkin, CASA in the Pines, and is the originator of the CASA Christmas Home Tour. She is also a Life Member of the Kurth Memorial Library, Lufkin High School Alumni and the Stephen F. Austin Alumni Association. Mrs. Murray also previously served as Past President of the Sprig and Twig Garden Club, the Dogwood Garden Club, the Lufkin Area Council of Garden Clubs, Kurth Elementary PTA, Anderson Elementary PTA, and Dunbar Intermediate School PTA. She also served as Past Vice-President of East Texas Paws, a 501C3 Non-Profit Care for Life, No Euthanasia Group and Past Ombudsman (DETCOG) for East Texas Nursing Facilities/Retirement Homes, a testament to her passion for both the care of the elderly and animal rights.

She is married to Joseph Edward (Joe) Murray, editor and publisher emeritus of the Lufkin Daily news. Mrs. Murray and her husband have three daughters; Mary Ida (Missy) Murray Coward, Leigh Erin Murray Bonner and Katherine Elizabeth Murray Langston. They are also proud grandparents of eight grandchildren; Sarah Warner Coward, Adeline Louise Langston, Isabelle Beatrice Bonner, Margaret Elizabeth Langston, Judson Nathaniel (Nate) Coward III, William Joseph Langston, Edward Wesley Bonner, and Thomas Roark Langston.

Mrs. Murray is of the Christian faith and an active member of First Baptist Church where she has taught Sunday School for the last 44 years. Her interests include Historic Preservation for historical neighborhoods and Downtown Lufkin, Classical Music, American Playwrights and English and French antiques.


Mrs. Murray is a graduate of the Lufkin Fire Department Citizenís Fire Academy and serves as a HOSTS mentor at Brandon Elementary.