|Erin Murphy is the
former Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of
Representatives from 2013-2015 and represented District
64A from 2007 – 2017. She ran for Governor in 2018 and
is a former executive director of the Minnesota Nurses
She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1984 and earned her
master’s degree in organizational leadership from the
College of St. Catherine in 2005.
Erin grew up in Janesville, Wis., where she was raised
by her mother and father along with her brothers and
sister. She met her husband, Joe, in 1980 and were
married in 1989. Their twin daughters, Bridget and Anna,
were born in 1991.
Erin started her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital
in Marshfield, Wis. As a surgical nurse. She later moved
to St. Paul to begin working as part of a transplant
team at the University of Minnesota.
Mark S. King
Mark S. King is an
award-winning blogger, author, and HIV/AIDS advocate who
has been involved in HIV causes since testing positive
in 1985. His blog, My Fabulous Disease, was awarded the
National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association’s
“Excellence in Blogging” honor in 2014, 2016, and was
nominated for a 2015 and 2017 GLAAD Media Award. In
2015, HIV Equal named King one of “13
Legendary Activists in the Fight Against HIV.”
After graduating from the University of Houston in 1981,
King pursued an acting career in Los Angeles and
appeared in dozens of television commercials. In 1993,
he moved to Atlanta to serve as executive director of
AIDS Survival Project, and later as Director of
Education and Communications for AID Atlanta, the
southeast’s largest AIDS service agency.
During his tenure at AID Atlanta King began producing
columns and essays on HIV and gay life in general and
became a sought-after speaker for public forums and
King has appeared as a spokesperson on ABC News, 48
Hours, CNN News and in The Wall Street Journal
and The New York Times. His award-winning writing
has been featured in The Advocate, Newsweek, POZ
Magazine, Queerty, and TheBody.com.
In 2011, Mark was honored to be included among the “POZ
100,” the 100 people and ideas that POZ Magazine
finds most inspiring. In November of 2012,
Instinct Magazine named Mark one of their “Leading Men
of 2012” for his HIV/AIDS advocacy and writing. Mark
made the cover of the June 2013 issue of POZ Magazine,
which included his essay, “The
Sound of Stigma.” He was also honored to be among
the Grand Marshals of the 2013 Atlanta Pride parade.
Today, Mark lives in Baltimore with his husband Michael.