Former Arizona lawmaker Jim McNulty dies at 83

2009-06-30T00:00:00Z Former Arizona lawmaker Jim McNulty dies at 83 Arizona Daily Star
June 30, 2009 12:00 am

Jim McNulty, who served one term in Congress and spent most of his life serving Arizona in public and private, died today. He was 83.

In Arizona, McNulty held appointments on state boards, including education and the state hospital — during which time, he admitted that, Winnie Ruth Judd continued her series of embarrassing escapes. Judd was known as the “trunk murderess” for dismembering her victims’ bodies and shipping them in trunks.

McNulty represented the rural counties of Graham, Greenlee and Cochise (where he lived and practiced law) in the Arizona state Senate and in 1982 he was the first person to represent Arizona's newly-created 5th Congressional District to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served one term. He was defeated by Jim Kolbe in 1984.

“It was,” he wrote in his autobiography, Running Uphill, “the most exciting job I ever had. I loved it.”

Born into a strong, Irish-Catholic Boston family, it was the G.I. Bill and asthma that brought McNulty to Tucson and the University of Arizona in 1946.

By 1952, he had a law degree, a wife, a son (later to be followed by two daughters), a job in a Bisbee law firm and a continual hankering for politics.

Over the years, McNulty was active in Arizona’s Democratic party.

He retired from the practice of law in 2000.

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