About Stephanie Murphy
In 2016, Democrats struggled to find someone to run against Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.). Murphy had never run for office but had begun to get involved with local Democrats and helped the recruiting effort…After the Pulse nightclub shooting, Murphy jumped into the race, juggling campaigning and her teaching job at a local college. She skewered Mica for taking NRA donations in the days after the mass shooting and ran against the powerful gun rights organization. She narrowly won but quickly turned into a political powerhouse, winning reelection [in 2018] by more than 15 percentage points. – Paul Kane, Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2018.
Stephanie Murphy has proudly represented Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017. She is a former educator, businesswoman, and national security specialist who is focused on jobs, security, and opportunity for every American. By always putting people over politics, Congresswoman Murphy has been consistently named one of the most effective and most independent Members of Congress. She is the first Vietnamese-American woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to ever represent Florida’s Seventh Congressional District.
Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina appointed Stephanie Murphy to serve as one of his Chief Deputy Whips in the 117th Congress, where she works as a member of Democratic Leadership to ensure legislation passed reflects the diversity of the Democratic Caucus. In this role, she also sits on the Steering & Policy Committee, which helps select committee assignments and helps guide the direction of the House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Murphy also serves on the influential House Ways & Means Committee – the chief economic policy committee in Congress – where she fights for Florida families, farmers, businesses, and seniors. The Committee has jurisdiction over issues that directly affect the people of central Florida, including revenue, health care, trade, Medicare and Social Security, and critical support services that help workers, children, and families.
She is also working to keep our nation safe and support our servicemembers as a member of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations. The Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over defense policy generally, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, security cooperation and humanitarian assistance activities of the Department of Defense, the nuclear weapons programs of the Department of Energy, and more.
Congresswoman Murphy also serves as co-chair for the Blue Dog Coalition, an influential group of pragmatic Democrats who believe in fiscal responsibility and a strong national security. Additionally, she serves as Chair Emeritus of Future Forum, which is a group of nearly 50 young Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who advocate for issues important to younger Americans.
Congresswoman Murphy also serves as a member of the Gun Violence Task Force, Climate Solutions Caucus, LGBTQ Equality Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and the New Democrat Coalition, a group of forward-thinking Democrats who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies.
Stephanie holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary. Prior to her service in Congress, she was an educator at Rollins College and businesswoman in the private sector.
Stephanie also previously served as a national security specialist in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She worked on a wide range of security issues from counterterrorism, foreign military relations to strategic planning for the department.
She lives in Winter Park with her husband and two young children. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and angler, often taking her children to enjoy Florida’s beautiful beaches and shorelines.