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An accomplished lawyer and sitting judge with decades of experience, a mom of three, a grandmother, a wife...and your candidate for re-election to Fayette District Court.


I believe that everyone deserves access to justice that is fair, compassionate and intelligent.  My commitment to justice is why I feel called to run for Fayette County District Judge.


I have 20+ years of unique legal experience and a proven track record of dedicated service to the people of Fayette County and beyond.


I’m also a mother, grandmother and wife who wants to make sure that we are leaving a strong legacy of justice and fairness in our legal system for our children.

I humbly ask for your vote, and support, to continue to bring More Experience, More Compassion and More Dedication to the Fayette District Court.


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Melissa Moore Murphy was born Melissa Ann Moore to Ernest Moore and Dorothy Barr-Moore on December 27, 1976 in Baltimore Maryland. She has 4 sisters Jacqueline, Daisy, Angel and Brandie. She is married to Daniel P. Murphy, Jr. (“Danny”), the Senior Assistant Dean of Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Kentucky College of Law.  She is the proud mother of their 3 children, 22-year old Terrance Anthony, 16-year old Makari Danné, and 9-year old Micah Daniel, and proud MeMe to her grandson, Trenton Anthony Clayton-Murphy.

Legal Experience 

  • Assistant Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney 

  • Assistant McCracken County Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • Assistant Fayette County Attorney

  • Special Assistant United States’ Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky

  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s (LFUCG) Law Department


Memberships and Awards

  • 2019 NAMI Volunteer Excellence Award

  • 2015-2016 Distinguished Leader Commerce Lexington Leadership Lexington

  • 2007 McCracken County Alben W. Barkley Distinguished Citizen Award

  • 2006 Inductee - Atherton High School Hall of Fame

  • Fayette County Bar Association

  • John Rowe Chapter of the National Bar Association (served as President and Secretary)

  • Board of Directors for the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center

  • Board of Directors and GreenHouse17

  • Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Melissa is an active volunteer in her community, with the Fayette County Public Schools and other civic organizations. She is a member of Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington.  She is an ordained minister and is active in the Music Ministry as a Worship Leader. She has been married to her husband Daniel Murphy, Esq. for 17 years.